Comedy Month Philadelphia continues this week with the fifth annual Philly Sketchfest. The shows kicked off Monday with sets from Judo Range, Local Holiday Miracle, Tales From a Body Cast, Hillary Rea presents: Crush Comedy and Clay & Calhoun and continued last night with The Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition where High Dramma took home the prize. The festival continues at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased online.
WEDNESDAY, NOV 14TH
The Specific Jawns - Philadelphia
ManiPedi - Philadelphia
MacCloskey & Myers - New York
The Mask & Wig Club - Philadelphia
THURSDAY, NOV 15TH
High Dramma - Philadelphia
The Monthly Hour - Philadelphia
Desperate Times - New York
FRIDAY, NOV 16TH
Onassis - New York
Camp Woods - Philadelphia
Brick Penguin - Washington, DC
The Feeko Brothers - Philadelphia
SATURDAY, NOV 17TH
Marina & Nicco - New York
Friends of Gertrude - Boston
Boosh Kla Klau - New York
Animosity Pierre - Philadelphia
Missing Earl - New York
Sawyer & Hurley - Boston
David Ray Agyekum has been named one of Comedy Centrals Comics to Watch (page available at 4pm today) for 2012. David and the other comics on the list will be live tweeting about the show today at 4pm. You can follow David on Twitter for more.
This week, Comedy Month Philadelphia continues with the 5th Annual Philly Sketchfest. The festival kicks off tonight at 8:00 at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) and continues through Saturday night. Tickets are available online.
The Philadelphia Citypaper ran a cover story last week on comedian Corey Cohen. The article covers Cohen’s background in comedy and current work as a promoter and host of The Big Show at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)
This Sunday, Gregg Gethard‘s comedy-show-based-around-a-theme Bedtime Stories will make its return to Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) This month, the theme of the show will be Revenge and will feature performances from many Philly comedy favorites. The show will also feature the final episode of The Holding Court Podcast, a comedy and basketball show co-hosted by Gethard and Aaron Hertzog.
Nominations are now open for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy. Performers may nominate up to three choices in 13 different categories for the awards, which will be held on January 13, 2013 at World Cafe Live. Nominations will be open until November 30.
WitOut is now accepting submissions from performers and comedy fans for our Top Five of 2012 list series. We are encouraging anyone to write about their favorite moments, shows, performers, sketches, quotes, or anything at all to help us recap and remember the past year in Philadelphia comedy.
Hey WitOut readers! The producers of the 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival have a special deal for you. Just enter WITOUT in the promotional code box when ordering tickets online and receive 50% off the price of admission to see Live Nude Improv this Saturday at 10:00pm.
Live Nude Improv: Using games, scenes and radical storytelling techniques, eight of Austin’s most accomplished improvisers will create a never-before-seen and never-to-be-seen-again play. Expect playfulness, vulnerability, inspiration and the infinite possibility of improvisation. And because this is modern American drama at its most thrilling and unpredictable, expect to see a little more skin than you might at a run-of-the-mill improv show.
We’re blowing the doors off improvised theater and blurring the distinction between comedy and art, between audience and performer, between wearing clothes and not wearing clothes.
Below you can find the full schedule for this year’s Philadelphia Improv Festival. All shows take place on the second floor of The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St. Philadelphia). Tickets for the event are $10 for a single block of shows, $15 for a full night (Wednesday, Thursday), $20 for a full night (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), or $60 for a full festival pass and can be purchased online.
WEDNESDAY, NOV 7TH
Rintersplit - Philadelphia
Nielsen - Philadelphia
Hot Dish - Philadelphia
Gross Butler - Philadelphia
Chaperone - Philadelphia
Beauty School Dropouts - Toronto
Davenger - Philadelphia
THURSDAY, NOV 8TH
N Crowd - Philadelphia
Firth&Arjet - Austin
Soiree - Philadelphia
Iron Lung - Philadelphia
Photobomb - Baltimore
King Friday - Philadelphia
Briami Sound Machine - Chicago
FRIDAY, NOV 9TH
Mister Licorice - Baltimore
Popular Science - Los Angeles
ZaoGao - Philadelphia
Adrift - Various Cities
Wisdom Teeth - Philadelphia / Los Angeles
‘Til Death Do Us Part - Philadelphia
The Imposters - New York City
BWP - Philadelphia
Rich Uncle - Boston
Grimacchio - Philadelphia
SATURDAY, NOV 10TH
Birthday Milk - Boston
Lekker - Baltimore
Junior Varsity - New York City
Hey Rube - Philadelphia
ImprovBoston - Boston
BillyHawk - Los Angeles
Live Nude Improv - Austin - AGES 18 & OVER W/ ID
PHIF All-Stars - Various Cities
Rare Bird Show - Philadelphia / Los Angeles
Vox Pop - Brooklyn / DC
SUNDAY, NOV 11TH
Population: Six - Baltimore
Double Date - New York City
Suggestical - Philadelphia
Mayor Karen - Philadelphia
Scoresby - New York City
Amie & Kristen Show / Kristen & Amie Show - Philadelphia
ShawnMikael(s) - DC
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.
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The lineup for the 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival has been announced, and is available online. This year’s festival runs from November 7-11 and will be held at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.)
Bird Text is filming two commercials in the area in the upcoming weeks and are looking for extras to be part of the shoots. Interested actors can send a message, along with a resume and headshots to their Facebook page or to BirdText@gmail.com
This Wednesday, Philly Improv Theater House Team Asteroid! begins its month-long run of the B-Movie show, an improvised tribute to the low budget sci-fi/horror films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. You can purchase tickets online.
Also on Wednesday is The Pornologues, a show dedicated to the hilarious discussion of pornography by some of the funniest comedians in Philadelphia. The show will be held at L’etage (624 S. 6th St. Philadelphia) and is a fundraiser for this year’s Philly Sketchfest, which will be held November 12-17 at the Independence Theater as part of Comedy Month. You can purchase tickets online.
This Friday, Pat House is hosting another Comedy Night at Maggie O’Neil’s (1062 Pontiac Road, Drexel Hill) as a benefit for breast cancer. The show will feature House, Pat Barker, Aaron Hertzog, and Jared Bilski.
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Last night, the seventh annual Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Aaron Hertzog, Joey Dougherty, and Paul Easton moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues Sunday, July 29 and the opening round continues until August 13 (full schedule here).
Submissions for Philadelphia’s Comedy Month are now open. Interested groups can apply for the 8th annual Philadelphia Improv Festival (November 7-11, 2012) and the 5th annual Philly Sketchfest (November 12-17, 2012) online. More details on the month-long City Spotlight will be available later. Early submission ($20) for groups is open until until August 17 and the final deadline ($30) is August 31.
This Wednesday, Camp Woods Plus returns for another show at L’etage (624 South 6th St. Philadelphia) This month’s show will feature the debut of Philadelphia sketch duo Tap City along with New York group Listen, Kid! As always, the show will feature brand new material from Camp Woods.
Also this Wednesday, comedy variety show Accidents Will Happen returns to Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia) for a night of stand-up from Jim Grammond, Omar Scruggs, John Nunn, Rachel Bensen, Lisa Yost, storytelling from Jamie Fountaine, sketch comedy from The New Dreamz and “Black Metal Legend” Necrosexual. The show is free and begins at 9pm and is followed by an open mic at 11.
This Saturday, The Sideshow makes another appearance at The Arts Parlor (1170 South Broad St. Philadelphia). The show will feature improv from Chaperone, Hot Dog, and Iron Lung as well as clowning from Kristen Schier. The show begins at 8pm and is $5.
Philly Improv Theater
For two weeks every month, Philly Improv Theater offers crowds in Philadelphia the best stand-up, sketch, and improv the city has to offer. PHIT features a full schedule of regular shows (Chip Chantry’s One Man Show, Guilty Pleasures, TV Party, Hey Everybody!, House Team Night, and more) plus time slots for sketch groups to have short run shows and blocks for improv teams to take the stage.
Helium Comedy Club
Helium Comedy Club is the place in Philadelphia to see A-list nationally touring headliners on stage each and every week. Helium is also home to the annual Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest, an event that has over 150 local comics competing for the crown every year.
The Raven Lounge
The upstairs room at the Raven Lounge is the home to the Center City Comedy open mic every Thursday as well as Rookie Card’s monthly improv show. The tight, intimate room lets the crowd feel close to the action on stage and allows for the bar to always be just a few steps away.
The Adrienne Theater
Permanent home to ComedySportz Philly, as well as the home to many of the shows from PHIT during the Philly Fringe Festival – the Adrienne Theater sits across the street from Helium Comedy Club making that block of Sansom a hotbed of Philly comedy activity.
The Shakespeare Theater
For three weeks in October, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater was the home of the second annual Comedy Month. Featuring the Philly Sketch Fest, The Philadelphia Improv Festival, and The City Spotlight, Comedy Month was a celebration of all things funny in Philadelphia, as well as a chance for out-of-town acts to come to perform in our fair city.
It’s a busy weekend for comedy here in Philly. Here’s a handy guide to all that’s going on around our fair city.
Helium Comedy Club – Anjelah Johnson – Friday and Saturday, 8:00, 10:30
Johnson, known for her viral video Nail Salon, and her time as a cast member on MadTV takes the stage at Helium with her stand-up act full of characters, stories, and high energy material centering on her family and life growing up and living in Southern California. Nate Bargatze (Conan, Comedy Central) is the feature act and Aaron Hertzog is the host.
Philly Improv Theater – Friday
7:00 – Hey Everybody – Aaron Hertzog’s showcase will be without it’s usual host this week as he is at Helium – filling in will be Christian Alsis of The Feeko Brothers. This week’s show will feature comedy from Philly’s Phunniest winner Tommy Pope as well as Pete Kuempel, Ed McGonigal, and Ryan Shaner.
8:30 – The Feeko Brothers and Angel Yau – Fresh off their second consecutive Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia title, Christian Alsis and Billy Bob Thompson take the stage with a mostly new show they premiered last week at Philly Sketch Fest. Joining them at PHIT will be New York sketch comedian Angel Yau.
10:00 – The Kristen and Amie Show with Nielsen – The improv duo comprised of Kristen Shier and Amie Roe bring their high energy, crazy character, fun filled playing to the stage at PHIT along with fun to watch indie group Nielsen.
Philly Improv Theater – Saturday
7:00 – Brick with Ebony and Ivory – New York’s Magnet Theater House Team Brick comes to Philly to perform along side the duo comprised of Iron Lung members Corin Wells and Maureen Costello.
8:30 – House Team Night, King Friday and Mayor Karen – Two of PHIT’s own house teams perform.
10:00 – House Team Night, Asteroid and ZaoGao – Two more PHIT house teams perform.
11:00 – Late Night Improv Jam – Improv open stage hosted by PHIT house team Fletcher.
The Laff House – Ted Carpenter – Friday (8:30, 10:45) Saturday (8:00, 10:00, 12:00)
The veteran of Showtime at the Apollo and Russel Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam performs at The Laff House on South St.
City Spotlight – Friday
8:00 – Broad Comedy – The all women comedy show kicks off the night of laughs at the Philly Shakespeare Theater. Featuring performances by Mary Radzinski, Carolyn Busa, Hillary Rae, Sarah Morawcynski, Erin Mulville, and more.
10:00 – Bing Supernova’s Cavalcade of Fools – Everyone in the world’s favorite comedian hosts a show packed with performances by Roger Weaver, John Kensil, The Lucas Brothers, The Feeko Brothers, Jaykob Strange, and Alex Dingley.
City Spotlight – Saturday
CIF National College Improv Tournament – Mid Atlantic Division Regional – All day long college improv teams compete for a chance to represent Pennsylvania in the National College Improv Tournament in Chicago.
Friday night will be a celebration of women in comedy in Philadelphia. Broad Comedy is the City Spotlight‘s showcase of stand-up, sketch, improv and storytelling from some of Philly’s funniest females. We caught up with Mary Radzinski to ask her about the show, her comedy, and attitudes about women in comedy.
First off, Women doing Comedy, what is up with that? I know. It’s like, I’m hungry. Quit horsing around and make me a sandwich.
Obviously, my first question is a joke…what are your feelings about those kinds of attitudes that look at “female comedy” as a thing unto itself. I think it’s a limited view by limited people, but I sort of understand it. Comedy, like many things, has been male dominated. It’s a numbers game. As more and more women are becoming comedians, bringing hilarity to audiences of both men and women, hopefully “female comedian” will eventually become “comedian”.
Do you plan on introducing every act with a wink and a “this next performer’s a lady” line or any special variation on that time honored tradition – or would answering that be giving too much away. I’m actually not hosting the show, so it won’t really be up to me, but I assume there will be some poking fun at that. The introductions of female comics is of great amusement to me. I was introduced once as, “having a vagina”. As this is factually correct, I couldn’t argue with the host, however, I would have been more impressed if he had used “labia minora”. It’s annoying to me that this is how some comics get laughs and perpetuate a stereotype. Be smarter. Aim higher. Talk about our tits.
How do you feel about articles like this one from Fox News that say things like this - ”For women, frump isn’t funny any longer. The new female comedian has to be the sexual aggressor, sexually provocative, dominant and successful…” and ”Rosie O’Donnell and Janeane Garofalo will be relegated to playing the female versions of Chris Farley. Hollywood doesn’t want a woman that is not sexually enticing like Rosie; it wants the sexual alpha female…” Whatevs. Frump will always be funny. Frump is typically what nurtures the development of funny. Hollywood will always have it’s eye on sexy; sex sells. Writing funny scripts for pretty actors will never get old. I recently saw Jennifer Anniston on Inside the Actor’s Studio. During the interview she had the personality of an elderly chimp. Referencing Anna Faris as a face of female comedy is a jab at the more than likely frumpy person who wrote her most recent comedic script. There are no absolutes. Would it help your career to be beautiful, sexy, and hilarious? Of course. Necessary? Nah.
Where does your personal style as a comedian come from? I really try to be myself on stage. I’m not a very high energy person offstage, and this translates. I’m not entirely deadpan in my everyday life either, so I’ve been working on that as well. This has, and continues to be, my biggest challenge.
Your show is going to be a mix of styles of comedy, it’s going to have some stand-up, improv, sketch, and storytelling – traditionally these have been kept apart – do you see a growing trend in bringing them all together on one bill? I’m not sure I see a growing trend in doing this, but we wanted to represent different areas of Philly’s comedy scene. We were given the title, “Broad Comedy” as part of Sketchfest, so we thought we’d incorporate a “broad spectrum” idea into it to, through different types of comedy. I do think the variety jazzes it up for the audience.
Has running your own weekly open mic and booking shows given you any new insights or perspectives on comedy? Do you have any words of advice for someone looking to start their own show? It has definitely been insightful regarding the amount of work that goes into even an open mic. It’s not easy to please everyone but it’s a goal to keep trying. Words of advice: Get on stage every week and do time. Host to a room of a hundred (even if there are 5 people and they are all comics). Have fun and act like it.
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Broad Comedy is part of the first annual City Spotlight at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater (2111 Sansom St.) Friday night at 8:00PM. Tickets can be purchased online.