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  • September 5, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
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  • September 6, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • September 6, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • September 6, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
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  • September 11, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 11, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • September 12, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • September 12, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • September 12, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • September 12, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 12, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 13, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • September 13, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • September 13, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • September 13, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • September 13, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • September 18, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
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The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Regular Show

Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (With Special Guests)

When Don Montry decided to end the run of his show Die Actor Die at The Khyber he handed the reigns over to the very capable Chip Chantry who continued the tradition of a Monday night variety show on stage at the Old City bar. When The Khyber decided to change their plans and eliminate live shows, Chip took his show to Philly Improv Theater, where it has flourished ever since. Mixing stand-up, sketch, improv, characters and games, Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (with Special Guests) is one of the places crowds get to see the best of all genres of Philadelphia comedy.

The Gross Show

Alex Gross’ mock Trash Talk show has been grossing audiences out at Philly Improv Theater since its’ premiere earlier this year. A mix of characters, written bits, and improv, The Gross Show takes the best of the worst of human behavior and displays it for crowds ready and eager to laugh at how low down and dirty the minds of Philadelphia’s funniest people can get.

Guilty Pleasures

Part of PHIT’s appropriately named “found comedy night” Guilty Pleasures is a platform for host Brendan Kennedy to call people out for their bullshit on stage. Brendan loves to find the best examples of terrible writing and have some of Philly’s funniest people read the scripts for an audience with hilarious results. Brendan’s also found the perfect sidekick in Roger C. Snair – willing to rap on stage, write his own scripts for the show – and participate in reading of rewritten “classic” movie scenes, tailored just for him by Brendan.

The Ministry of Secret Jokes

Doogie Horner’s monthly Ministry of Secret Jokes has been one of the best nights of comedy Philadelphia has to offer for years. Doogie packs the show with not only great stand-up and sketch comedy but games, contests, and audience participation. The show is run like a meeting of a secret society, and Doogie often opens his shows by having the audience recite an oath that they will not reveal what they see to anyone. Judging by the packed in crowds upstairs at Fergie’s every month, many people have been breaking that oath.

The Theme Show

Rob Baniewicz hosts this monthly show with various acts all doing their take on one common theme. The successor to Gregg Gethard’s Bedtime Stories, The Theme Show is a great chance for audiences to see the variety that comes when different groups get the same general topic and are allowed to let their imaginations roam free. It’s always a treat to see how performers approach the theme and where they find humor in the topic of the month.

TV Party

Rob Baniewicz and Paul Triggiani get together on stage at Philly Improv Theater every month and have a TV Party. They find the best worst television from the past available and present it to a crowd full of often drunk and always eager fans waiting to laugh – both at the shows and with the hilarious commentary provided by the two. Paired perfectly with Guilty Pleasures on PHIT’s “found comedy” night, TV Party brings to the stage an experience we all have – laughing at things that weren’t necessarily meant to be funny.

The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Host

2011 Witout Awards: Best Host Nominees 

 

Rob Baniewicz and Paul Triggiani

Rob and Paul get together on stage at Philly Improv Theater every month and have a TV Party. They find the best worst television from the past available and present it to a crowd full of often drunk and always eager fans waiting to laugh – both at the shows and with the hilarious commentary provided by the two.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski

Every Monday night Carolyn and Mary turn the back room at The Urban Saloon into one of the best open mics in the city, Laughs on Fairmount. The two take turns introducing acts and keep the show moving with their own charm and sense of humor. They often start the show with a short sketch that highlights the chemistry they have with each other and gets the audience ready for a night of great comedy.

 

Chip Chantry

Chip Chantry is a busy man. He is the host of two monthly shows at major Philadelphia comedy venues. Facetime with Chip Chantry is a talk show at Helium Comedy Club that features Chip performing sketches, jokes about the news, and conducting interviews with each of his guests. Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (with Special Guests) moved to Philly Improv Theater after its’ successful run at The Khyber and features Chip hosting for many of the best acts Philly Comedy has to offer.

Aaron Hertzog

Twice per month on Friday nights Aaron Hertzog hosts Hey Everybody! an evening of stand-up comedy at Philly Improv Theater. The showcase features many of the best stand-ups in Philadelphia and the occasional visitor from out of town. Aaron is known for yelling “Hey Everybody” at the top of his sets, and getting audiences ready for the show with his jovial invitations of friendship.

 

 

Doogie Horner

Doogie’s monthly Ministry of Secret Jokes has been one of the best nights of comedy Philadelphia has to offer for years. Doogie packs the show with not only great stand-up and sketch comedy but games, contests, and audience participation. The show is run like a meeting of a secret society, and Doogie often opens his shows by having the audience recite an oath that they will not reveal what they see to anyone. Judging by the packed in crowds upstairs at Fergie’s every month, many people have been breaking that oath.

 

Halloween Shows!

The end of October is traditionally a special time for themed comedy shows. The Halloween season brings out special characters, theme shows, and other spooky surprises. Here is a run down of some of the special Halloween shows Philly has to offer in the upcoming week.

Hey Everybody – Friday, October 28 – 7PM – Philly Improv Theater

Aaron Hertzog‘s stand-up comedy showcase features all characters this week with comedy from Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, Bing Supernova, Joan Fisky, “Dad”, and more!

The Theme Show Presents: The Twilight Zone – Friday, October 28 – 10PM – Philly Improv Theater

Rob Baniewicz‘s monthly variety show pays tribute to the strange, freaky world of The Twilight Zone. Will sketches end in ironic twists? You’ll have to attend to see.

The Gross (Hallowiener) Show – Friday, October 28 – 11PM – Philly Improv Theater

Word on the street is that Alex Gross has been busy preparing buckets of (hopefully) fake blood for his trash talk show, and the Facebook event promises “pure fucking evil, more pure fucking evil” and “even more pure fucking evil.” Sounds like fun.

PHIT House Team Night of the Living Dead Improv – Saturday, October 29 – 7, 8:30, 10PM – Philly Improv Theater

PHIT House Teams Asteroid!, King Friday, and Fletcher along with special “Undead Guests” will perform special Halloween themed improv. Asteroid! plans on performing an improvised B Movie. The special guests on each show will be now defunct house teams reanimated for a special performance.

Hatespeech Committee Mischief Night Variety Show Nonsense Costume Party! – Sunday, October 30 – 7:00PM – Connie’s Ric Rac

Chip Chantry and Roger C. Snair the Vampire will co-host the evening while Otto Van Walmart serves as the house band. Costumes are manditory for all that attend, and ones will be available to rent at the door for $3 for those that don’t believe that’s true. There will be a prize given out for best costume and best Roger C. Snair impersonation. Plus Hatespeech Committee promises that they will be getting wild.

Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (With Special Guests) – Monday, October 31 – 8:30PM – Philly Improv Theater

Chip Chantry’s monthly spectacular has the distinct privilege of falling on Halloween night and will feature a sketch from James Hesky, Eric Todd, John Kensil and Mike Rainey along with performances from Pat House and Tom Cassidy, favorite recurring feature Storytime with Mike Rainey and movie reviews from the Westboro Baptist Church.

JUST THE MINUTES with Joe Moore (Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (with Special Guests))

Monday 25 July 2011

8:14 PM – I take a seat in back of the Shubin Theater

8:38 – The houselights go down, we are asked to silence our pagers and Chip Chantry is introduced.

8:41 – Chip talks about toilets, while discreetly checking to make sure his fly is up.

8:44 – Chip check’s his fly again.

8:47 – Chip introduces co-host Johnny Goodtimes. Tonight is the last show with Johnny co-hosting. He finds out the show will continue without him.

8:50 – Chip introduces a possible new co-host Johnny Summertimes. Johnny Summertimes is bothered by the weather.

8:53 – Johnny Summertimes spits hot Mountain Dew Code Red on the stage.

8:56 – Johnny Summertimes leaves.

8:57 Paul Goodman is introduced

9:01 – Paul recalls a gym teacher teaching him about sex.

9:02 – Paul makes a fake phone call using his right hand as the phone.

9:04 – Paul Goodman exits

9:05H. Foley is introduced.

9:07 – Chip walks from in front of the stage to the back of the stage. H. Foley thanks him.

9:08 – H. Foley references Chewbacca.

9:10 – H. Foley drops the C-bomb, and apologizes to a woman in the front row.

9:13 – H. Foley exits

9:14 – Chip introduces Jim Grammond for a segment called “The Feed”

9:15 – Chip tells a twitter joke, Jim tells a twitter joke. Everyone laughs

9:15 – Chip tells another twitter joke, Jim also tells another twitter joke, everyone continues laughing

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9:16 – Chip tells another twitter joke.

9:17 – Jim also tells another twitter joke, everyone continues laughing Chip tells another twitter joke

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9:18 – Jim tells another twitter joke

9:19 – The Feed ends, Jim Exits.

9:20 – Chip Introduces Kerri Lendo

9:22 – Kerri has a pit-bull named “Hoagie”

9:26 – Kerri was recently in Atlantic City.

9:31 – Kerri exits

9:32 – Chip introduces Luke Cunningham

9:33 – A woman leaves the audience, Luke pleads with her that he hasn’t even told a dick joke yet.

9:38 – Luke does a great impression of Poseidon

9:44 – Luke exits

9:45 – Johnny Goodtimes and Chip introduce the Wheel of Terrific, a game similar to a popular game show where contestants are given clues by celebrities to guess words or phrases.

9:46 – 2 stools are brought to the stage

9:47 – A contestant is pulled from the crowd. His name is pronounced “KOOB” * They begin playing the game.

9:49 – Koob accurately guesses “Donkey Punch”, and wins.

9:50 – Koob exits, Chip introduces the 1 Minute Comedy Challenge

9:50Jim Grammond returns to the stage to plugs his upcoming show at the Shubin, Wednesday evening. Johnny Goodtimes gives Koob a beer for his participation in Wheel of Terrific

9:51Rachel Lipshits is announced as the first contestant for the 1 Minute Comedy Challenge, but is nowhere to be found.

9:52“Fat Doogie” (Christian Alsis) explains how he is unbelievably diabetic

9:53“Rossane Buckley” (Samantha Russell) has sore hips when the weather changes

9:54“Big Brand Daddy” (Paul Triggiani and Brian Kelly) sing songs

9:55“Fran Walker” (Brian Craig) has microphone difficulties and reads from a newspaper

9:56Mike DiEva picks apart “The 27 Club”

9:57 – All participants of the 1 Minute Challenge are invited back on stage for voting. Luke Cunningham joins them, not realizing that Chip didn’t mean to call all the performers of the evening, but rather just the participants of the contest.

9:58 – Luke Cunningham realizes his mistake. Exits.

10:00 – The crowd votes on the contestants

10:01 – “Fat Doogie” wins

10:02 – Chip thanks everybody – a final farewell for Johnny Goodtimes.

10:03 – Lights up, audience exits

*Sorry if I’m getting your name wrong, KOOB!

Joe Moore is a comedy fan and sometimes-performer. You can follow him on Twitter.