Doogie Horner has been on a tear recently writing funny content for Philebrity. Check out the comedian’s most recent work in which he shares things he Overheard at the Trocadero’s Screening of The Muppets Take Manhattan.
After hearing the news that Washington Nationals baseball player Bryce Harper received a “free burritos for life” card from Chipotle, Philadelphia comedian Pat Barker wrote an open letter to his favorite Mexican fast food restaurant. Then he got a response from them.
Submissions for the first annual District Improv Festival, taking place in Washington D.C. from September 26-29 are now open. Cost to submit is $15 until April 15, and $20 until the deadline of May 1.
Philly Improv Theater has announced the lineup for their first “Sweeps Week”; a week-long competition between shows vying to win a longer run at the theater.
Next week’s Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac will still be free, but will be a fundraiser for improv group Safe Weird (Rob Gentile, Andrew Stanton, Kait Thompson) for a trip to London to perform and teach improv workshops across the pond.
Here’s a reminder that submissions for the F. Harold Comedy Festival are now open. This year’s festival will take place from June 11 through June 16 at Studio 5 at the Walnut St. Theatre and will feature improv, sketch, stand-up, and storytelling.
Philly Improv Theater begins their two-week-run of improv, sketch, and variety comedy shows at the Shubin Theatre tomorrow night. You can see their full schedule and purchase tickets in advance online.
This Tuesday Comedy Bonfire is going down (that’s the only way to properly describe it) at The Fire (412 E. Girard Ave.). The night will begin at 8:00pm with a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Alex Grubard and featuring Mary Radzinski, Ryan Shaner, and Dave Topor. Next, the Trailer Trash Live Podcast at 9:30pm hosted by Michael Baurer and Garrett Smith featuring guests Joey Dougherty and Tommy Touhill. Finally, at 11pm the night will be capped with an open mic hosted by Lou Misiano.
The Cast of Impractical Jokers will be performing two shows Tuesday night at Helium Comedy Club at 7:30 and 9:45. Side note for comedians: Helium’s Open Mic will be held on Wednesday at 8:00pm.
The Not Just Comedy Show returns to The Grape Room this Tuesday for a show featuring comedy from: Mike Renzi, Rick Juliani, Frank Gensano, Nick Kupsey, Jay West, Beirdo, and Bed Savage with musical guest Dave Marley.
Improv group Beirdo will be holding a fundraiser show at The Arts Parlor this Friday to raise money for their trip to the Chicago Improv Festival. The show will feature performances from: Alex Pearlman, The Stonewall Players, Bad James, Cake Bear, Brendan Keegan, and the Beirdos themselves.
We Can All Change returns to O’Neal’s this Friday for a stand-up showcase featuring Chip Chantry, Rachel Fogletto, Bobby Lorello, and Chris Wood.
This Friday is another in the series of ComedySportz Presents shows. This week will feature improv groups Till Death Do Us Part, and Wisdom Teeth. ComedySportz presents will be followed by their monthly not-for-kids The Blue Show at 10:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online.
You can also catch Comedy Night at the Ballroom (Robinson’s Ballroom – 5749 N. Broad St.) this Friday for a night of comedy from: Denny Live, Jay West, Chitta Chatta, Ryan Phillips, Big Chuck, and Moses Sadler.
Don’t Be Ridiculous: a reading of comedic sketches will take place this Saturday afternoon at the West Wing of the PA Convention Center.
Kricket’s Comedy Presents: Durty Comedy Night this Saturday at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub (701 E MacDade Blvd Folsom PA). The show will feature comedy from: Chip Chantry, Dave Terruso, Corson & Typhoon, Larry Jansen, and Chris Mas.
The Captain Action Comedy Show returns to The Conshohocken Cafe this Saturday for a night of comedy from: Rubi Nicholas, Dave Topor, and Joe Bell.
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As the year winds down, WitOut collects lists from comedy performers and fans of their favorite moments, comedians, groups, shows, etc. from the last year in Philly comedy. Top 5 of 2012 lists will run throughout December, and slightly beyond, if we deem it necessary–if you’d like to write one, pitch us your list at email@example.com!
Top 5 New-to-Me Bits of 2012
These are things that have been going on for a while here in Philly, but that I just had my first real experiences with this year. And I find myself, my life and my future better as a result.
5. John Kensil’s Joke Photos of People that Just Died. Like JUST died.
I don’t talk to John often. Actually, I’m not sure we’ve ever had a conversation. Maybe we’ll fix that this year in an episode of the GETTIN CLOSE PODCAST. For now though, we are simply friends on Facebook. It’s worth being his friend on Facebook just for the pictures he posts after someone with at least a moderate amount of fame dies. The pictures are usually close enough to be a mistake, but different enough to be on purpose. Most recently for Stormin Norman Schwartzkopf he posted a photo of Jonathan Winters which made me laugh out loud and for some reason feel bad about doing so. The pictures define “too soon” and somehow make me think I’ve waited too long each time a death report pops up.
4. “Not for Nuthin Podcast” with Tim Butterly and Mike Rainey
I was sitting in the Shubin basement before the theme show. While simultaneously using my script to study lines and swat flies something caught my ear. It was a sound that to me is as at once nails on a chalkboard and sweet mother’s milk at the same time: two super thick Delco accents. They were just kind of riffing on the “iggles” and whatnot for a couple minutes. I asked if they would want to do it as an act in an upcoming Sideshow at the Arts Parlor. They did a set where they debuted the “Not for Nuthin” podcast . And they killed. It was the perfect blend of sports talk, topical humor, ignorance of topics and racism. Brilliant.
3. Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez and Bing Supernova
I’ve heard about these two for a while, but it wasn’t until Friday night that I actually got to witness the spectacle of each. The stars aligned to get them in not only the same show, but the same set. It was equal parts hilarious and disturbing. The uniforms of each from beret to knee highs to glasses and grease(?) were enough to make people laugh, but also serve to soften the blow of the foul shit that each would say. These two really are the DEANS of comedy.
I’m sure this has been going on for a while with Aaron, but I had my first experiences with the chants this year and it’s happened several times since. The first time I remember is at the Friendship Labor Day picnic on the parkway. Each time a tour bus would go by Aaron led the “Friendship! Friendship! Friendship!” chant. It happened all afternoon. At least 6 times with different tour buses, but same tour guides who also came to enjoy it. The funnest time for me though was when the Friendship chant was heard not as a tour bus was passing, but an ambulance. If an ASTEROID! had hit Earth after that moment I’d have gone a happy person.
1. Roger Snair
Top 5 Acts Ruined By Members Selfishly Moving Away To Explore Other Opportunities
5. Tap City
4. Half Life
3. Camp Woods
2. Camp Woods
Mike Marbach is the Education Director for Philly Improv Theater, director of PHIT House Team Asteroid!, creator and host of the Gettin’ Close podcast and producer of The Sideshow variety showcase at The Arts Parlor.
Also nominated for Best Improv Group (1-3 Members) Beirdo is comprised of Kevin Pettit, Dennis Trafny and Dan Jaquette, three bearded men performing improv.
One of the two new Philly Improv Theater House Teams, Hey Rube is made up of members Aaron Hertzog, Alex Gross, Dennis Trafny, Jen Curcio, Lizzie Spellman, Mark Leopold, Rob Cutler, Scott Shepherd, and Tara Demmy.
Also nominated for Best Improv Group (4+ Members) Iron Lung features members Corin Wells, Carly Maurer Kaufman, Kevin Pettit, Maureen Costello, Jess Carpenter, Dennis Trafny, Simon Burger, Tara Demmy, and Ellen Qualey.
Nielsen is a group that formed after taking Andy Moskowitz’s level one improv class at Philly Improv Theater featuring members Abigail Bruley, Bran Zinn, David Brookstein, Jacqueline Baker, Katie Monico, Meredith Weir, Molly Silverman and out-of-towners John McGrory and Rachel Nichols, original members of the group who join them when they can.
The second of the new Philly Improv Theater House Teams, ZaoGao is a group comprised of AJ Ortiz, Billy Thompson, Brian Ratcliffe, Claire Halberstadt, Erin Pitts, Karen Coleman, Matt Akana, Nathan Edmondson, and Scott Hinners.
Beirdo is a group made up of Kevin Pettit, Dennis Trafny, and Dan Jaquette – three men with fine faces full of hair.
Grimacchio is a duo comprised of King Friday members Ralph Andracchio and Jason Grimley.
Current Cage Match Champion Jessica Tandy is a duo comprised of Andy Moskowitz and Jess Ross.
The Kristen and Amie Show
The Kristen & Amie Show (or The Amie & Kristen show) is a duo comprised of Kristen Schier and Amie Roe, both equally deserving of top billing.
Matt& is when Matt Holmes invites a stranger, usually brand new to improv, on stage with him to perform a full comedy set.