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  • November 8, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • November 8, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 8, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 8, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 8, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 8, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • November 12, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
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Host Your Own Variety Show at PHIT

Philly Improv Theater is looking for their next monthly variety show, with new artistic direction team member Jess Ross leading the process.  “PHIT already has some of the best variety shows around hosted by some Philly’s top comedians, including The Monthly Hour with James Hesky, Fibber hosted by Hillary Rea, Guilty Pleasures with Roger C. Snair and new host Joe Moore, Reasonable Discourse with Jerks hosted by Jim Grammond, and TV Party hosted by Paul Triggiani and Rob Baniewicz,” says Jess.  “Now PHIT is looking for its next big variety show! Much like sweeps week on television, PHIT needs you to pitch your fresh, new, funny ideas and we will choose one to add to our already amazing variety show line-up!”

Here’s the full info on submitting:

Ever wanted to host your own show at PHIT? Have an original idea you’ve never seen at the theater before? Well we are looking for PHIT’s next big Variety Show and need your ideas!

May is going to host the first ever Sweeps Weeks at PHIT. If you have an original idea for a show you’d like to host on a monthly basis at the theater, let us know! What counts as a variety show? It can be anything you want: game show, talk show, something musical, something dancing, puppets, dressing up like baby penguins… anything you can think of (as long as it’s not strictly improv or sketch, cause we have a lot of that already)!

If you are interested in submitting, please send an email to jross@phillyimprovtheater.comwith your name and email address and “Sweeps Weeks” in the subject line. You will then be sent a brief survey to answer some questions about your show idea. Make sure to be as detailed as possible in your description of the show – the more we know about your idea, the better! The deadline to submit is MARCH 10TH. All submissions will receive a reply by March 14th. We are accepting shows on a rolling basis, so the sooner you get your idea in the better!

Selected shows will perform a 30-minute “pilot” paired with another sweeps week show on one of the following dates: May 1st, 8th, 15th, or 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and the audience will then rate the shows to determine which will go on to a semi-final round. The four semi-finalists will perform again on May 29th and two finalists will perform June 5th. The winning show will be decided by a panel of judges then receive a run at PHIT. Runners up may also be offered other chances to perform. If your show is not picked, you will have still have had the chance to workshop a show idea you could produce elsewhere and receive feedback to help improve it!

And the Winners of the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy are…

BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN
Aaron Hertzog

BEST SKETCH GROUP
The Feeko Brothers

BEST IMPROV GROUP
Asteroid!

BEST STAND-UP BIT
First Guy in the World/Netflix (Aaron Hertzog)

BEST SKETCH
Mystery Science Andre 3000 (Camp Woods)

BEST MALE IMPROVISER
Luke Field

BEST FEMALE IMPROVISER
Jess Ross

BEST REGULAR SHOW
Camp Woods Plus

BEST SHORT RUN/ONE TIME SHOW
The Improvised B-Movie Double Feature (Asteroid!)

BEST PODCAST/WEB SERIES
Gettin’ Close with Mike Marbach

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIELD OF TWEETING
Mary Radzinski (@MaryRadzinski)

BEST OPEN MIC
Sketch Up or Shut Up

BEST NEW ACT
Davenger

Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Female Improviser

It’s almost time for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy!  As we get closer to the show, we’ll be rolling out a series of posts to help you get more acquainted with this year’s nominees. Read all about ‘em, and then be sure to get your tickets for the big event on January 13th at World Cafe Live!

The nominees for Best Female Improviser are:
Jess Ross (Asteroid!, Hot Dog)
Kristen Schier (The Kristen & Amie/Amie & Kristen Show, Director of ZaoGao)
Emily Davis (Hot Dish, Soiree)
Maggy Keegan (Soiree, Whisper, Director of Davenger)
Amie Roe (The Kristen & Amie/Amie & Kristen Show)

Kristen Schier on Jess Ross:
“Jess Ross is a force. Her wild-eyed hilarity is as strange and intense as her beauty. Her unfettered goofiness paired with the deeper commitment of a talented actor is an unstoppable and delightful combination.

Allow me to brag: I have had the good fortune to work with Jess on a few improv projects over the years. I used to watch her shine in the N Crowd. We called her Moonbeam ’cause she was one. I also coached Jessica Tandy on occasion (and by coach I mean sit on Andy’s couch and laugh) and I most recently worked with her in Myths and Monsters. You can trust her to bring the funny. What I am saying is, I know this improviser very well and she is good. Damn good.

It is no accident that other projects Jess Ross is involved in, like The Flat Earth, the aforementioned Myths and Monsters and Asteroid! are nominated too. Jess Ross is a fantastic ensemble member and she raises the caliber of the performers she works with—also, she is funny. Damn funny.

She said once that her comedic inspirations were the Muppets. Well, cheers to the closest human embodiment of Muppetry I have ever seen.”

Maggy Keegan on Kristen Schier:
I’ve been a huge fan of Kristen Schier since before I moved back to Philadelphia. Kristen’s connection to her character’s emotional truth, her sense of play, her use of the stage, and how she uses her whole body and soul to create is inspiring to watch.  I mean, have you seen the Kristen and Amie Show? I could watch that every week. And her clowning? There has rarely been a time in my thirties where I have giggled like a schoolgirl in an audience out of pure delight and watching her as a clown is a joyful experience.

Not only is she a great improviser, she is also huge creative force in Philadelphia. She has taught and nurtured hundreds of Philadelphia improvisers through classes, directing, and through her innovative group ZaoGao. She has taken this scene to a whole new level.

I think we can also all feel Kristen’s positive spirit whenever she enters the room. We are very lucky that she calls Philadelphia home because as she continues to create we are all the better for it.”

Jess Ross on Emily Davis:
“Emily is always able to be surprising and exciting when she performs because she is amazing when it comes to really listening to her scene partner and responding from an honest place. She can pick up on things most people would fly past and sees what other people don’t in offers that are given to her. She’s already naturally such a witty and clever person, but the way she plays is what I think makes her so special and a stand out. She’s the perfect combination of being really well educated on improv (she knows the structure of scenes, the piece as a whole, how to set things up, make people look good) and she is also able to be completely in the moment and organic. She’s not forcing anything, she’s using everything that’s out there, putting the pieces of the puzzle together, and making it look really easy and fun while she does it. And that is why I love Emily!”

Emily Davis on Amie Roe:
The first time I met Amie was in a diner.  She came to meet some improvisers that I was with, and she scared the crap out of me with how funny she was.  I can’t remember why, but she was making lists of five things in various categories on her fingers, and I was completely intimidated.   Each thing that she said was funnier than the last.  I was pretty psyched when, later, she accepted my friend request.

Amie is a rare bird.  She’s an amazing improviser with a high reference level and an equal love of the low brow.  She’s really smart and naturally funny, and she puts herself completely out there on stage.  She’s a robot, a ninja, and a pirate.  She’s got great hair, an awesome wardrobe (I love her sweaters), and she’s gorgeous.  She’s a freak.

So, here are a few lists of five to honor Amie’s awesomeness and accomplishments:

Amie is an incredible performer, director, coach, teacher, and producer.  Over the last few years, Amie has put together ambitious projects, made a lot of t-shirts, saved kids’ lives, been a good friend, and acquired a nemesis.  Amie has made improv better through her performances in The Amie and Kristen/Kristen and Amie Show and Brick, as one of the masterminds behind Duofest, through her level of commitment to everything she does, through the generosity and support that she offers to others, and by keeping everything fun, charming, and weird.  Thanks for everything, and love you, Amie!”

Amie Roe on Maggy Keegan:
“What can you say about Maggy Keegan that isn’t obvious from her radiant smile?  A lot.  Because in addition to having a beautiful smile, Maggy is also a really talented comedienne, and you cannot tell if a person is a great comedian from their smile.

Maggy has great teeth, beautiful facial structure, and extensive performance experience in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia.  Maggy has studied improv and sketch at iO West, the Groundlings, and Second City, and she has been a patient of Dr. Andrew Agnew, DDS, for roughly 9 years.  Dr. Agnew says of Maggy, “I have treated Maggy for 5 cavities and seen 3 of her improv shows.  i filled her cavities with hilarity, jokes, and talent.  Just kidding, she is funny and talented enough on her own.”

While in Los Angeles, Maggy performed regularly with Pretty Bird, Popular Science, Days of Passion, The Hortons, and Spirit Fingers, and she brushed her teeth every morning and also before she went to bed, even if she was really tired and didn’t feel like it.  Upon moving to Philadelphia, Maggy performed on Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) house team King Friday, cast and began directing acclaimed PHIT house team Davenger, and also began performing with improv duo Whisper and a three-person group, Soiree.  Through all of this, she found the time to floss and avoid sugary drinks.

Maggy drinks coffee and red wine, but not too much, because it can leave stains.”

 

“Now That’s What I Call A Nineties Christmas: Singer/Songwriters!” by Jess Ross

Here’s the latest from improviser and The Flat Earth sketch team member Jess Ross. Filmed and edited by comedian Jimmy Viola; starring improvisers Kristen Schier and Maureen Costello and stand-up Alejandro Morales.

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at contact@witout.net so we can share it!

Awkward Moments with Hilary Kissinger: “Your Family’s in the Audience”

“Awkward Moments” is a monthly column that asks comedians, “What do you do when…” In this installment we talk about how performance is affected by who’s in the crowd.

Do you tell your parents the same stories you tell your friends? Would you describe to your boss the intimate but hilarious details of your last sexual encounter? How would you feel if someone you admired watched you bomb on stage?

We all tailor our social interactions to the particular people we’re talking to, but performers usually can’t control who comes out to see them do their thing. Comedy often includes, and sometimes depends on, material that is personal, embarrassing, or way dirtier than anything you’d find yourself discussing around the family dinner table. So when that family shows up to support the comedian in their lives, how does it affect the person on stage?

CONTINUE READING…

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