Matt Nelson and Maggy Keegan have announced the launch of Figment Theater with the mission to “to cultivate and nurture quality improvisational theater with artists and audiences through shared experiences rooted in fearless performance and nimble innovation.” Upcoming projects from Figment include The Vagabond Sessions, John Hughes High, Troika, The Summer Courtship Series, and Slasher.
Philly Improv Theater has announced the casts for three new house teams. One, directed by Ralph Andracchio will join the current list of PHIT’s Saturday house teams while the other two, directed by Alex Newman and Rob Gentile, will be PHIT’s first Harold Teams, set to perform on Tuesday nights at the theater.
Stand-up comedian Josh Wolf will be headlining at Helium Comedy Club this weekend, but first he will make a stop at The Free Library this Thursday to share a collection of essays about being a stand-up comic.
Tonight, Meathook Comedy Presents: 318 with headliner Dan St. Germain at Connie’s Ric Rac. The show will also feature performances by: Alex Pearlman, Alex Pezzotta, Ryan Shaner, and Boston’s Pat Barrett, Shawn Carter, and Gary Petersen and will be hosted by Steve Slaughter.
Comedy Dreamz returns to The Barbary this Tuesday with a show featuring Body Dreamz, Aaron Nevins, JP Boudwin, Phyllis Voren, Nick Lucas, Christian Alsis, High Dramma, Ken BDC Jones, T.J. Hurly and more! Videos by Jesse Miller and Juiceboxxx! With DJs Emilio Airhorn and Wolfcity. Doors open at 9:00, the show starts at 10:00 and, as always, will be followed by a dance party.
This Wednesday Demetri Martin brings his Point Your Face at This tour to Helium Comedy Club.
Also this Wednesday, you can catch one of Philadelphia’s finest storytelling showcases with Tell Me a Story at Shot Tower Coffee. This month, Ryan Carey, Jen Curcio, Jim Grammond, T.J. Hurley, Aaron Nevins, Eric Smith, Valerie Temple, R. Eric Thomas, and Alison Zeidman will tell stories around the theme of “Road Trip”.
Sketch group The Whitest Kids ‘U Know will perform at the Trocadero Theater this Thursday. The group, known for their web videos and sketch show on IFC will bring their unique brand of humor to Philadelphia on their 2013 tour.
Comedian Amy Schumer will perform at The Keswick Theater this Friday. Schumer is known for her many television appearances, her album Cutting, and her Comedy Central special Mostly Sex Stuff. Schumer is the creator, star, and writer for Inside Amy, her Comedy Central sketch show that will debut later this year.
Also this Friday, Gorged! at The Bean Cafe will feature “humorous people doing and saying things to entertain just about everybody. Performers include: Alex Grubard, Sidney Gantt, Marc Kaye, and Jaime Nadell.
All Bets are Off! a stand-up comedy show with performances from Doogie Horner, Aaron Hertzog, Alex Pearlman, Alex Grubard, Dan Scully, and Sidney Gantt is this Saturday at World Cafe Live.
In case you haven’t seen it – the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com wrote this article on Philadelphia’s “burgeoning comedy scene.” Check it out for quotes from Todd Glass, Doogie Horner, BJ Ellis, and WitOut’s own Alison Zeidman.
Performer submissions are open now through Sunday, March 3 for the annual Troika tournament. Interested performers should email their name, contact information and list of current and past performance groups to email@example.com. Performers will be placed in groups of three and will have one month to come up with their group’s name and performance style. The tournament will be held at The Sideshow with preliminary rounds taking place on April 13, 19, and 26 with the championship round on Saturday, April 27.
Submissions are now open for High Note Humor’s South Jersey Stand-up Championship - which will be held at The Taproom Grill (427 W Crystal Lake Drive Haddonfield, NJ). Three comics from each preliminary round (April 4, 11, 18) will advance to the finals on April 26 for a chance to win cash prizes, future paid work, and a championship belt! Interested comedians can sign up by sending their name, comedy experience, and availability for the preliminary rounds to HighNoteHumor@gmail.com by the deadline of March 12.
Luke Giordano wrote this piece on the importance of failure for his site Everything You Like is Stupid. Luke has recently switched the format of the site from a humor page to one where he writes essays on his ideas, process, and other thoughts behind writing and comedy. As someone who also likes to think a lot about the process or writing and creating comedy I can say that it is worth checking out.
Due to a fire in the Valley Forge Beef and Ale, all shows at Chuckles Comedy Club have been put on hold. We will update you on any news about the venue as soon as more information is available.
Philly Improv Theater will host the first of a two-week-run of shows at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) this week. You can see their full schedule online to check out all the improv, sketch, panel, and variety shows PHIT has to offer.
The Not Just Comedy Show returns to the Grape Room (105 Grape St. Manayunk) this Tuesday with a show featuring stand-up from Dan King, Tommy Highland, Darryl Charles, Danelle Lamar, Dan Mahon, Pat Kelly, and Dr. Tony; improv from Bed Savage; and music from Borrowed Instrument. Doors open at 7:30 and the show beings at 8:00.
Philly’s own Todd Glass will be headlining at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) this week with shows from Wednesday to Saturday. Also performing on the show will be comedians Chip Chantry and Blake Wexler.
This Wednesday Tight Six presents: Not Jazz 3 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) This month’s show will feature comedy from John McKeever, Alex Pearlman, Omar Scruggs, Jon DelCollo, Caitlyn Feeney, Chris O’Conner, and promisses to have a secret special guest.
The Taproom Sports Bar & Grill (15 S Morton Ave Morton, PA) will host their second Totally Free Comedy Night this Thursday with a show featuring performances from James Hesky, Tommy Pope, Darryl Charles, Chris Dolan, Jake Mattera, and Michael Brooks.
Mike Rainey will be hosting a party and comedy show to celebrate the release of his book Terrible Advice this Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) The night will feature comedy from Sean Clay, Joe Mayo, James Hesky, Tim Butterly, Tommy Pope, and more! Mike will be selling and signing copies of his book for $10.
Sketch group Comic Energy will be performing a show this Friday at The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The group will put on two performances at 8:00 and 10:00, with a ticket price of $5 for any of their friends on Facebook.
This Sunday Eddie Brill Presents the Great American Comedy Audition Showcase at Helium Comedy Club. The show will be headlined by Brill and will feature performances from: Doogie Horner, Dave Terruso, Jim Ginty, Andy Nolan, Darryl Charles, Chip Chantry, Mary Radzinski, Roger Weaver, John McKeever, Pat Barker, Tommy Pope and James Hesky. Tickets can be purchased online.
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A new open mic at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) hosted by Dan Vetrano and Joe Murdock begins tonight. The stage is open to all comedy performers and the hosts also encourage bringing a video to show on the Ric Rac’s screen. Sign ups begin at 8:30 and the mic starts at 9:00.
Philly Improv Theater is now accepting applications to their Improv Conservatory class to take place this spring. The conservatory class will accept eight students to work with director Steve Kleinedler to develop a new “style of play”. At the end of the eight-week class, the ensemble will perform a one-month run of shows at PHIT. Applications are being accepted until February 28.
This Wednesday touring show Comedians at Law will visit Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia). The show will feature performances from lawyers-turned-stand-up-comedians Alex Barnett, J-L Cauvin, Kevin Israel, Matt Ritter. Tickets can be purchased online.
Also this Wednesday Accidents Will Happen returns to The Adobe Cafe (947 E. Passyunk Ave.) This month’s show will feature performances from: Rachel Fogletto, Dave Terruso, Dan Scully, Matt Monroe, Malwina, Bino Brown, and Tommie Turner as well as a Dating Game and the “1st annual WitAccidents Open Mic Awards!” The show begins at 9:00pm and is immediately followed by an open mic.
This Thursday Bird Text brings their comedy show back to Helium Comedy Club for a night featuring stand-up from Mike Lawrence, Doogie Horner, Mary Radzinski, and Tommy Pope plus brand new Bird Text sketches. Tickets can be purchased online.
Comedy is Liberty will make their weekend show debut this Saturday at Liberties Restaurant & Bar (705 N. 2nd St.) with a show featuring headliner Tommy Pope. Tickets can be purchased online.
Chase N’ Laughs Comedy/Karaoke/Fish Fry is this Saturday at Treasures Banquet Hall (5549 Germantown Ave). Doors open at 5:00pm with free martinis being served until 6:00 and comedy beginning at 8:00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 267-405-2025.
Joe Conklin’s 3rd Annual Comedy Showcase is also taking place this Saturday at Glen Mills Thornbury Rotary at Penn Oaks Country Club (150 Penn Oaks Dr. West Chester, PA). The night will feature a DJ, cocktail hour, dinner, and comedy from the “man of a thousand voices.”
This Sunday Propoganda!, a monthly comedy show from Denver, CO., will come to L’etage (624 South 6th St.) for a free show featuring comedy from: Alex Grubard, Alex Pearlman, Doogie Horner, Scott Sharp, Brett Hiker, and Ray DeVito.
Philly Improv Theater will also have shows all this week at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge Street). Some of their regular shows have changed days and times so make sure you check out their full schedule online.
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Hey pizza gang what’s shakin’!? Word is the best way to reheat a slice is in a pan over the stove with the slice face-down… don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Big Jay Oakerson. Photo courtesy of Helium Comedy Club.
This week Philly-bred comedian Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and local comic Chris Cotton will all be at Helium Comedy Club. Before you go see them, you may be wondering to yourself, “Hey, I wonder whaBig Jay Oakersont those guys think about pizza?” Well, wonder no more…
Pizza Pal Joe Moore: How much do you like Pizza?
Big Jay Oakerson: So much, that I would leapfrog someone having a seizure to grab a slice!
Dave Smith: What?
Chris Cotton: Collared greens
PPJM: What is your favorite slice in Philadelphia? What’s your favorite outside of Philly?
Jay: Lorenzo’s on South Street. Huge and delicious!! Outside of Philly, Ben’s Grandmas slice in NYC.
Dave: Philly blows. Any slice outside of this dump is great.
PPJM: What are you favorite pizza toppings?Jay: I always go Xtra cheese, pepperoni and mushroom! Best combo!
Dave: Sauce and cheese stupid!
Chris: Wings…macaroni and cheese
PPJM: What day was “Pizza Day” in your house growing up?
Jay: Friday! My mom-mom would always order me pizza on Friday nights and watch TV with me!
Dave: I grew up in an apartment. We weren’t all born rich, you asshole!
Chris: Kool-aid, grape soda…
PPJM: What is your favorite pizza reference in pop-culture (TV/Movie/Music/etc)?
Jay: I always loved that the teenage mutant ninja turtles loved pizza!! That was funny AND fun!
Dave: I read books…TV and movies are for weak minds
Chris: Tyler Perry…rap music
PPJM: Anything else you’d like to add?
Jay: This was really fun! Thanks for including me in your questionnaire !!
Dave: Add?! ADD?!..Yeah…Fuck you!
Chris: Oh yeah…coco butter!
Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and Chris Cotton will be at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom Street) this Friday and Saturday night. Get your tickets online!
Local comedy website It’s Always Funny In Philadelphia, with some help from some favorite local comedians, released their list of Comedians to Watch in 2013.
Philebrity is starting an Ask Juliet Hope Wayne advice column in which you can anonymously ask for the guidance of the comedian and storyteller.
Space 1026 Comedy Nightz Presents Martin & Lawrence and Others this Tuesday at Space 1026 (1026 Arch St. 2nd floor). The show will feature comedy from Martin & Lawrence, Joey Dougherty, Aaron Nevins, JP Boudwin, and The New Dreamz.
Also this Tuesday you can check out Polygon Comedy: The Perfect New Year at 8pm at L’etage (6th and Bainbridge) featuring stand-up from David Piccolomini and Vegas Lancaster and improv from Nielsen, Steve Rogers is Dead, and Grimacchio. Or you can go to Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) at 9pm to see improv from Deleted Scenes, Those Two Nice Ladies, Bad James, The Five “Best” Male Improvisers, Gross Butler, Angry People Building Things, Cock Hat, and Vertical Scream.
This Wednesday a new Open Mic at Liberties Restaurant & Bar (705 N. 2nd St.) will debut. The mic will be produced by Sonny Vellozzi and Michael O’Donnell and promises to be “a room with a lot of potential” as well as having “beer specials and other benefits in the coming weeks.”
Philadelphia’s own Big Jay Oakerson will headline Helium Comedy Club this week. The comedian will perform six shows from Wednesday to Saturday at the club. Tickets can be purchased online.
The Sideshow returns to The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) this Friday with a night of variety comedy from Lizzie Spellman, Chaperone, The Necrosexual, Kristen Schier, and more!
The Humor Has It Comedy Show (Maximillian’s Restaurant, 3001 Naaman’s Creek Road, Boothwyn, PA) this Saturday will feature performances by: Bradley Beck, Fastball Pitcher Gob Gutierrez, Mike Rainey, John McKeever, and headliner Tommy Pope. Reservations can be made by calling 610-485-3500.
Don’t forget The 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy are this Sunday at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) Tickets can be purchased online.
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Traditionally comedy shows are a popular choice among those looking to make plans for a New Year’s Eve out on the town. What better way to ring in a new year than with friends, food, drinks, and laughter? We decided to round up all the New Year’s Eve comedy options we could find in the Philadelphia area to help you make your decision on where you’ll be starting 2013.
The Northeast Comedy Cabaret (11580 Roosevelt Blvd) will hold two shows (8pm, 10:30pm) featuring comedians Sudsy, John Kensil, Steve Golassa, and Darin Martinez. The 10:30 show will feature a champagne toast and party favors. Reservations can be made online or by calling 215-676-5653.
The Doylestown Comedy Cabaret (625 N. Main St. Doylestown, PA) will feature an 8:30 show with performances by Julia Scotti, Amir Gollan, Bill Chiang, and Bob Marsdale. Tickets are only available through online presale. For any questions call 215-322-6642.
The South Jersey Comedy Cabaret (200 North Route 73 Marlton, NJ) will host two shows (8pm, 10:30pm) with comedians Patrick O’Donnell, Simply Dee, Vince Valentine, and Mike Casey. The 10:30 show will feature a champagne toast and party favors. Tickets are available through online presale. For any questions call 215-322-6642.
ComedySportz New Year’s Improvin’ Eve (2030 Sansom St.) will feature two shows (7:30pm, 10:30pm) with “hilarious new games, free pizza and drinks for fans, Auld Lang Syne in gibberish and yes, even Baby New Year.” Tickets can be purchased online.
New Year’s Eve with Gary Gulman at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) will have two shows, the 8pm will include appetizers from 6:00PM – 7:30PM and a ticket to a future show while the 10:30pm show includes a champagne toast at midnight, dessert, and a ticket to a future show. Tickets can be purchased online.
New Year’s Eve with Mike Bonner at The Laff House (221 South St.) will also have an 8pm and 10:30 show with tickets to the late show including “butlered hors d’ouvres, champagne toast at midnight and more!” The show will also feature comedy from Philly’s own Keith from Up Da Block. Tickets can be purchased online.
Chip Chantry, Carl Boccuti, and Johnny Goodtimes will be hosting A Motown New Year’s Eve at La Stanza (2001 W. Oregon Ave.) The show will feature performances by Doogie Horner, Tommy Pope, Luke Cunningham, John McKeever, Mary Radzinski, and Pat House. After the comedy show there will be a “Motown/Funk/Soul dance party” with DJ Honkeytron. Admission includes the show and dance party along with food and alcohol. Tickets can be purchased in advance via PayPal by sending $50 to email@example.com (PLEASE choose “Personal” as the transaction type).
Twice a month, WitOut digs through its virtual piles of old columns to repost something great you may have missed.
This post was contributed by comedian, author and graphic designer Doogie Horner. On April 26th, 2011, Doogie hosted the Helium Comedy Club open mic night, and did sketches of all of the comedians performing on the show.
Comedian LaTice was a guest on The View last week, where she was featured in their “Hilarious Housewives” stand-up competition. You can see her set from the show online.
You can read reviews of night three and five of last week’s Philly Sketchfest from Philadelphia Weekly online.
Philadelphia’s own Dom Irrera will be headlining at Helium Comedy Club this week. The home-grown comedian is known for his many stand-up specials, television and film work, and is a fixture at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.
The Laff House’s Thanksgiving Weekend line-up will feature headliner Alex Thomas, known for his appearances in films such as Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Just Married, and Don’t be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. The show will feature 2011 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest winner Tommy Pope and will be hosted by TuRae.
The final Hey Everybody! at PHIT will take place one week from today at 10pm at The Philly Improv Theater at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia). Host of the show Aaron Hertzog is moving to Los Angeles and will be sending his show off in style with performaces by: Chip Chantry, Brendan Kennedy, Joe Dougherty, Mary Radzinski, Jim Grammond, Christian Alsis, Alison Zeidman, and Rob Baniewicz.
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. You can pitch your Top Five of 2012 idea to firstname.lastname@example.org
This Tuesday, Comedy Dreamz at The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) returns for a night of comedy featuring Body Dreamz, Chris Cotton, Malwina, ManiPedi, Sharkee Katz, Bradley Beck, Nercorsexual, Joe Bell and more. With videos from Joe Stakun, Jared Dyer, and Down the Show. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10.
Myq Kaplan returns to Philadelphia this Wednesday to headline one night at Helium Comedy Club. Kaplan has appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and has since gone on to appear on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents... Tickets can be purchased online.
Tickets are still available to see Jim Norton at Helium on Thursday and Sunday night. Friday and Saturday shows are sold out. The comedian is known as the “third mic” on The Opie and Anthony Show as well as from his own HBO specials One Night Stand, Monster Rain, Lucky Louie, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
ManiPedi is debuting a new show this week at Philly Improv Theater. The sketch group will perform on Thursday and Friday night at 8:30 at PHIT (407 Bainbridge Street), with American Breakfast joining them on the first night and Local Holiday Miracle on the second. Next week they’ll be at it again with a second show, No More Wire Wangers (a remix of old sketches in preparation for their submission to Spank’d at UCB) on Thursday (7:30) and Friday (8:30). Tickets can be purchased online.
Philly Improv Theater will be holding open-call auditions in search of actors for their next Sketch Revue—written by PHIT Sketch Team Codename RZA—on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Sign-ups begin immediately. To secure an audition time please email your name, phone number, and a preferred time (if any) to email@example.com. More information can be found online.
This Tuesday Rittenhouse Comedy at Noche will put on its final open mic at the Chestnut Street bar. The night will be a celebration and a good-bye to the Tuesday night stage stand-ups have been testing out material on for the past two years.
This Thursday, Philly Improv Theater will host the return of Bing Supernova’s Cavalcade of Fools, a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by the legendary comedian himself. This time around Bing will share the stage with guests Brendan Kennedy, Juliet Hope Wayne and Mike Rainey, with more surprise special guests promised.
The First Ladies of Comedy Fundraiser will take place this Friday at PHIT. The show will feature jokes performed by the significant others of some of Philly’s best comedians. All proceeds will go to Angel 34, a charity set up by Michelle Somishka, whose 2-year-old daughter Aubrey recently passed away from neuroblastoma. The show will be hosted by Mary Radzinski and jokes will be performed by Jaime Mulhern (Mike Rainey), Timaree Leigh (Carl Bocutti), Shannon Brown (Brendan Kennedy), MaryJo Butterly (Tim Butterly), Kim Broadbent (Chip Chantry), Lorraine Dean (Darryl Charles), Dennis Nguyen (Steve Miller-Miller) and Samantha Russell Craig (Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez).
This Saturday, Rookie Card at The Raven Lounge will return with a show featuring stand-up comedian Brandon “Ketchup” Wilson, opening improv group The Self-Esteem Motivators, and Rookie Card will headline with a set inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Rookie Card will also be saying goodbye to founding member Jake Alvarez, as it will be his last performance with the group.
Tickets are now on sale for Marc Maron’s return to Helium Comedy Club. The comedian, known for his WTF Podcast, will be performing at the Philadelphia club December 6-8. Get your tickets now, as the shows are sure to sell out.