Upcoming Shows

  • January 24, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • January 24, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • January 24, 2015 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • January 24, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • January 24, 2015 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • January 24, 2015 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • January 24, 2015 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • January 26, 2015 8:30 pmFunny Females - An All Woman Comedy Show
  • January 30, 2015 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • January 30, 2015 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • January 30, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • January 30, 2015 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • January 30, 2015 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • January 30, 2015 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • January 31, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • January 31, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • January 31, 2015 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • January 31, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • January 31, 2015 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • January 31, 2015 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • January 31, 2015 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • February 6, 2015 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • February 6, 2015 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • February 6, 2015 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • February 6, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
AEC v1.0.4

Comedy Love Letter – From Steve Kleinedler to the City of Philadelphia

This is a love letter to Philadelphia, and by extension, to the comedy scene that you have all created here and welcomed me into.

Philadelphia is where I actively chose to live after considering a wide array of options. Performing as a vistor in PHIFs, a Troika, some N Crowd shows, and several one-off shows exposed me to what Philadelphia has to offer. Inexpensive rehearsal and performance spaces mean that anyone with an idea and the drive can start a production. In addition to the established companies, numerous successfully produced shows in bars, empty store fronts, galleries, and the like, make Philadelphia’s scene reminiscent of the theatre scene in Chicago in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Discussions with Mary Carpenter, Greg Maughan, Matt Nelson, Alexis Simpson, Alli Soowal, Kristen Schier, and Jason Stockdale spurred me to move to Philadelphia 16 months ahead of schedule, and I’m glad I did.

The creative spark here is very strong. Across numerous companies and troupes, hundreds of people perform regularly. Groups of like-minded friends can form troupes (like Iron Lung, Malone, and Nielsen did) and what’s more important, they can get gigs. The structural framework of PHIT, ComedySportz, the N Crowd, and other existing companies in combination with the opportunities provided by the producers of Polygon, Comedian Deconstruction, Sideshow, and the Grape Room, to name just a few, means anyone with an idea or drive can get stage time. There aren’t that many cities that allow for this kind of opportunity—space is just too expensive in most cities—and people who take advantage of everything there is to offer have helped create a comedy calendar where something is happening almost every day of the month.

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