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  • April 20, 2014 4:00 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 20, 2014 7:00 pmCAKE BEAR + THE DEAN’S LIST! @ PHIT
  • April 20, 2014 8:30 pmTHE SHAM! @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 7:30 pmADVENTURE FRIENDS PRESENT A SKETCH HAROLD + SABOTAGE @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 9:00 pmOUTSIDE VOICES + THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 10:00 pmOUTSIDE VOICES @ PHIT
  • April 24, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 24, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 24, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • April 24, 2014 10:30 pmHOUSE OF BLACK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 25, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 25, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 10:30 pmSTORY UP! AFTER DARK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 11:00 pmIRON SKETCH @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmBye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 26, 2014 9:00 pmMEN WITH FACES + BIG BABY @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
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Figment Theater to Hold Auditions

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Philadelphia improvised theater company Figment Theater will be holding auditions for their production of Slasher: An Improvised Homage to Horror Films of the 70s & 80s, running October 17-27, 2013. Auditions will be held by appointment only on June 1-2 and may be reserved by emailing contact information, availability and headshot/resume (if available) to: auditions@figmenttheater.org. More about Slasher from Figment’s website:

This October, Figment pays homage to campy horror classics with freshly created slasher stories – complete with homicidal maniacs, unwitting victims and buckets upon buckets of fake blood!

Throughout four months of rehearsal, the cast will explore the themes and characteristics that have defined horror films, delving deep into the elements that shaped the classic slasher subgenre that saw incredible success in the 70s and 80s. Although the show will play up the now campy storylines and special effects for maximum humor, auditioners are warned that the inspirational source material as well as the work produced on stage will contain elements of gore, terror, sexuality and language that many not be suitable or comfortable for all. Please use your own discretion as to whether you’ll be able to handle the viewing research required for all cast members.

All performance positions are non-paid, non-equity. Figment Theater is Equal Opportunity, and encourages all performers to audition regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, sex, religion, disability or age.

For more information on Figment Theater and their upcoming shows and events visit figmenttheater.org.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 63

This week, Comedy Month Philadelphia kicks off with the 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival. This year, over 40 groups from cities all across North America will perform at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) More information about workshops can be found and tickets can be purchased online.

Comedian Amir Gollan has been chosen as a semi-finalist for The Andy Kaufman Award and will perform in the semi-final showcase at Gotham Comedy Club in New York on Monday, November 12. The award was created to preserve the legacy of one of America’s most unique and influential performers in a dynamic way. The prestigious award honors Andy Kaufman’s creative spirit while simultaneously shining a spotlight on promising performers with the potential to impact the evolving culture of comedy.

Johnny Goodtimes interviewed Philly comics Chip Chantry and Doogie Horner about the issue of making jokes that poke fun of the Hurricane Sandy situation. You can read their thoughts on the subject here.

The full schedule for the 5th Annual Philly Sketchfest is now available online. This year, the festival will take place from November 12-17 at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) as part of Comedy Month Philadelphia.

This Tuesday, Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) returns with a night of performances from Deleted Scenes, Gaper Delay, TTNL (Those Two Nice Ladies), POUSAAIT, Malone, Bad James, and Shame Parade. They also promise to keep you updated with the latest election coverage so you don’t miss out.

The Improvised Musical Suggestical is holding auditions for a one-night performance to be held in March 2013. Auditions will be held on November 18 from 1-5pm at  A & E Studio (1233 Vine Street, Philadelphia). Interested performers can contact Claire Halberstadt at Suggestical@gmail.com to set up an audition timeslot.

Two new open mics will debut this week. First, this Tuesday will mark the inaugural Comedy Open Mic at the Headhouse Cafe (122 Lombard St.) Sign-ups begin at 7:30 with the mic kicking off at 8:00. Tight Six, “an open mic for stand-up, sketch, characters and more” begins this Sunday at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom St.) sign-ups at 8:00, and the mic starts at 8:30.

If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning – send it our way with an email to contact@witout.net

PHIT Casting Actors For Fringe Sketch Review

From Philly Improv Theater’s Website:

PHIT will be holding open-call auditions in search of actors for our Fringe Sketch Revue on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.. Auditions will be held at the PHIT Offices, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Auditioners do not need to have prior improv, sketch or even acting experience (although none of these things will hurt!), and auditioners who have taken classes at PHIT will not be given special preference over those who have studied elsewhere, although we will have had more time to see you perform which may help.

Actors in the Fringe Sketch Revue will need to be available for rehearsals twice a week in August and the first week of September, as well as the run of shows each evening from Monday, September 10th through Friday, September 15th. Actors will be expected to learn their lines outside of rehearsal. We are also looking for a few skills, if you have them:

  • Ability to sing confidently (please note, you do not have to sing well… just be willing to sing).
  • Guitar playing, specifically someone who can play something like this.
  • Actors who can do German accents.
  • Someone who can walk on stilts, with extra points if you own stilts.

You must be available for the audition times to be considered. No other audition times are available. You must be available for the performance dates and not be out of town for any rehearsals to be cast.

 HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION:

Sign-ups begin immediately. To secure an audition time please email your name, phone number, and a preferred time (if any) to contact@phillyimprovtheater.com. If you possess any of the special skills listed above please also mention that fact in your audition request!

You will receive a confirmation message within two (2) business days – for example, if you contact us on Monday you’ll hear from us by Wednesday, or if you contact us on Friday, you’ll hear from us by the following Tuesday). At the time you are sent your audition confirmation you will also receive a packet of brief sketch excerpts from the show that we will ask you to read from (off-book if possible, though this is NOT required) during your audition slot.

We will accept sign-ups until no audition times remain. All specific audition times are first-come-first-served. There are no alternate times. If you are not available for these audition dates and times, please do not email or call to ask for an exception – you simply will not be able to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, you must sign-up for one of our announced timeslots.

On the day of the audition…

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION TIME. There will be a short questionnaire for you to complete prior to your scheduled audition time. Auditioners should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Resumes are not required but will gladly be accepted. Please bring a headshot with you (if you don’t have headshots, a recent snapshot is fine).

Auditioners will be seen individually for 10-15 minutes each. You will be seen by some of the writers for the show as well as the director or head writer. Each auditioner will have 3 minutes at the top of the audition to do anything they would like. (This could be delivering a monologue, offering the writers a briefcase full of money, or something like this guy). After this you’ll read/perform some of the material that was sent to you in advance along with a writer from the show. We may also ask you to demonstrate one of the special skills we are looking for if you indicated you posessed one of them – we will let you know in advance if we are going to ask you to do this so you can bring anything that you may need (i.e. a guitar).

Casting decisions:

Will be made immediately after auditions end. You should hear from us about your status within 48 hours of your audition time. Everyone who auditions will receive a reply letting them know whether or not they have been cast.

Still have questions?
Send us an email (get our email address from the contact page of the site or the paragraphs above).

Rookie Card Holding Auditions

Philadelphia Improv group Rookie Card is on a search for new members and will be holding open auditions to add to their ranks. The group, which holds monthly shows at The Raven Lounge will hold auditions Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Interested improvisers should email RookieCardImprov@gmail.com to be scheduled for an audition time and location.

Rookie Card’s cast currently consists of Jake Alvarez, Darryl Charles, Marc Reber, Sue Taney and Tom Whitaker. They are two-time performers at both the Del Close Marathon and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival as well as a 2011 selection to the Philadelphia Improv Festival and invitee to the 2011 Toronto Improv Festival. Rookie Card Presents: Obsessive and Compulsive is next Monday, March 26 at 9:00 PM at The Raven Lounge (1718 Sansom St. Philadelphia).

For a sample Rookie Card performance you can check out the video below, or see more on Rookie Card’s YouTube Page.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 18

The final preliminary round of the 2011 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest was held last night at Helium Comedy Club. Steve Balbier, Munzy K, and Gary Vider advanced to the semi-finals, which will be held next Sunday, and Monday at the club. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.

Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play is searching for talented actors (men and women ages 21-40) with experience in improv, theatre and sketch comedy to join its ensemble. Also searching for an assistant director, pianists and guitarists, stage managers, and technical directors. Visit ByeByeLiver.com for more information or contact auditions@thepubtheater.com to schedule an audition.

The Philly Fringe Festival is fast approaching. This year’s Fringe Festival will feature various comedy shows including twenty-four, Friends of Alcatraz, Dark Comedy, Fresh Laughs, PHIT House Team Shows, The Groundswell Players Present The Speed of Surprise . PHIT has recently announced they will be bringing the famous Cambridge Footlights to perform at the Adrienne on Sunday, September 18th at 7:00pm. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Tomorrow night The Barbary will play host to another Comedy Dreamz show featuring sketch, stand-up, and short films. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10. (Facebook Event)

Center City Comedy has released a new sketch – Painballing With Rambo. The sketch features performances by James Hesky, Billy Bob Thompson, Mary Radzinski, and Andy Nolan as the titular character – as well as a slew of other Philly comics in supporting roles. Check it out right here!

PRO-MANIA Fringe Festival Show Accepting Applications

THE SHOW
A sport-stravagant celebration of the larger-than-life spectacle that is professional wrestling (with only some of the wrestling). Philly’s top comedic performers pay homage to the flashy trash talking promos, slick video packages, & bitter rivalries of the squared circle. WARNING: Our performers may break your chair over each others’ heads.

APPLICATIONS
In place of auditions, this show will be taking online applications from comedians interested in performing. Potential performers will be asked to provide their contact information and a description of the wrestling character they would like to create for the show.

To complete an application for PRO-MANIA! please visit this link

CASTING, REHEARSALS, and SHOWS
Upwards of 20 people will be cast and notified in mid-July that they will perform in the September run, with a meeting of all participants sometime during the same month. Performers will then be paired up for “fights” and expected to rehearse their fight with the commissioners and a fight choreographer. There are three performances scheduled for PRO-MANIA!, on the following dates:

Friday, 9/2 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/9 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/16 at 11:30 p.m.

In addition there will be a fight call in the early evening (approx. 5:00 p.m.) before each performance for the wrestlers on that date to rehearse their moves.

ComedySportz Auditions

From the group’s Facebook page:

ComedySportz Philadelphia, Philly’s longest running comedy show, is holding auditions for new company members on Saturday, July 30th with callbacks Sunday, July 31st.

Auditioners will be required to reserve a 10-minute slot in the morning or afternoon of Saturday July 30th at the Playground at the Adrienne (2030 Sansom Street, in Center City Philadelphia). If called back, you will be required to attend a two-hour group audition on Sunday July 31st, either during the morning (10:00 am to 12:00 noon) or the afternoon (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm).

To reserve an audition slot, please e-mail auditions@comedysportzphilly.com with your name and which audition time you prefer: morning, afternoon or either. (Slots based on availability.)

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 12

This week at the Shubin Theater, Philly Improv Theater continues its two-week run of shows. PHIT has recently changed their schedule, shifting showtimes to 7:00, 8:30, and 10:00PM. You can check out their full schedule here.

Monday night open mic Comedy XChange has gone through a bit of a facelift, and will now be known as Comedy on the Corner. Not letting the closing of their venue, Bar Xchange, stop them from putting on a show, hosts Chris McGrail and Dan Vetrano have decided to go guerrilla and hold their open mic on the street, at the corner of 20th and Ludlow.

Tuesday night Philly will say good-bye to Luke Giordano, who is departing for Los Angeles, where he will continue his comedy career as a writer for the sitcom Two and a Half Men. Luke will not go quietly into the night, as he is being sent off with a “Trashing” [Facebook event] – which is similar to a roast, but from the mind of Brendan Kennedy.

Also this Tuesday The Bird Text Comedy Show will make its return to Helium Comedy Club. This week’s show will feature sets from Tom Cassidy, Alex Grubard, Mikey Gleason, and David James.

The Theme Show will make its debut at 10:00PM this Friday night at PHIT. Hosted by Rob Baniewicz, The Theme Show continues in the tradition of Gregg Gethard’s Bedtime Stories as a monthly variety show where all the acts are based around a common theme. This months theme is, fittingly, “The First Time.”

Submissions are currently open for the 7th annual Philadelphia Improv Festival, being held October 3rd – 9th, kicking off the second annual Comedy Month. Applications forms are available on their website, and the deadline to submit is Sunday, July 17th.

Auditions will be held this week for two Fringe Festival shows being produced by Philly Improv Theater. Twenty-four is a show that will unfold in real-time and is described as “a twenty-four minute window on the realistic relationship dynamics of six individuals.” Twenty-four is being directed by Steve Kleinedler and will hold auditions on Tuesday, July 5th and Saturday, July 9th. Dark Comedy is PHIT’s take on the famous Chicago format “The Bat” an improvised show that takes place completely in the dark. Dark Comedy is directed by Jason Grimley and will hold auditions on Sunday, July 10th.