In keeping with their seemingly intentional practice of incorporating Philly’s very funniest female sketch and improv comedians into their troupe, the mammary mammoth ManiPedi has absorbed three ladies who are so funny in their own right, we simply presumed they’ve been MPs for a while and are ashamed of our prejudiciously lazy attitude.
We asked the three sketch comedians–rumored to have been on the verge of starting their own rival all-gal comedy troupe, before being bought-out by ManiPedi (the New York Yankees of Philly lady-comedy)–what it feels like to be a member of the WitOut.net Sketch Comedy Group of the Year™.
If you’re not already planning on seeing their show tonight at 9:00 @ Phit, Philly Weekly has said “Marked by razor-sharp writing and an almost insane attention to details, ManiPedi’s particular brand of humor often teeters freely between dark and silly.”
Go see their show! Don’t be sexist! (Unless you operate with the variety of sexism that would bias you towards an all-female sketch comedy troupe, then by all means, your worldview is entirely jutified, in this instance!)
There’s a metric ass-ton of sketch comedy happening this weekend (that’s the industry term). Philly SketchFest is closing with two shows each night both tonight and Saturday @ The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street). 8PM Friday — Angel Yau, Chico, Marina & Nicco; 10pm — Frange & Stern, Don’t We Boys. 8pm Saturday — National Scandal, ManiPedi, Brick Penguin. 10pm — Transplants, Desperate Times, Megabuds.
Tonight at 8:30, Philly Improv Theater features The Flat Earth with their all new hour of material @ The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge Street). At 10:00, it’s “The Theme Show”, hosted by ManiPedi. Since they are working their tired, hilarious tuchuses off this weekend, let’s take a look at a video by ManiPedi’s own Aubrie Williams!
Jp Boudwin is a former member of the already-sorely-missed sketch group Camp Woods. This Thursday, he’s debuting a new monthly sketch show at L’etage. Guys, the time is here. The time is now. It’s NOW TIME.
WitOut: It’s awesome to see you continuing with a monthly sketch show at L’etage now that Camp Woods Plus! has been retired. What made you decide to keep at it?
Jp Boudwin: Thanks. Helping run Camp Woods Plus once a month was the most fun I had this past year. Too hard to give up. There are also a ton of new Philly sketch groups and they are producing a lot of solid material. They need more shows and more stages. NOW TIME is for them, myself, and anyone who wants to be entertained.
WO: What’s the general format of this show going to be like, and who’s on this first one?
JpB: The first show will be incredible, because it features ManiPedi and The New Dreamz. I’ll also be hosting and doing some sketches. Hopefully not in a boring asshole way. I’m very excited about this show, so probably not.
The format will pretty much be the same as Camp Woods Plus. Two local acts and an out-of -town group is the goal I’m working back to. For the first couple shows it’ll be three local acts. Especially since there are so many. I also don’t alone have the following Camp Woods did. It will take time to build it back up and take on some identity of its own, but I don’t think it’ll take too long.
WO: What qualities do you look for in a sketch group when you’re deciding who you want to book?
JpB: Funny and available. Is this you? Email today! Mostly I want to see something silly, with heart, that’s genius or just anybody trying sketch. If a group is completely new, seeing them at Sketch Up or Shut Up, The Theme Show, or anywhere else helps. I’m already booking in advance so just ask me and I’ll give you some dates. Everyone can email me at email@example.com or call me at 911.
[Editor's note: Please don't call Jp at 911. That number should only be used for emergency purposes. Try Jp at 311 for non-emergencies.]
‘NOW TIME’ is this Thursday, February 7th at L’etage (624 S. 6th Street) at 8:3pm. Admission is $10, or $FREE.99 if you’re currently enrolled in a sketch class at Philly Improv Theater.
Not sure when/how to drink your drinks at this Sunday’s WitOut Awards? ManiPedi has you covered—check their blog for the full ManiPedi WitOut Awards Drinking Game (possibly inspired by the drinking game Amy Poehler and Tina Fey came up with for the Golden Globes?)
Here are a few of our favorites:
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 Sketch Group are:
The Feeko Brothers
Gathering talent from the improv, sketch, standup and theater worlds, The Flat Earth debuted this year as Philly Improv Theater’s first house sketch team. Their sketch revue show had a five-night run at the Philly Fringe Festival, a two-night encore at the Shubin Theater, and received great praise from audience members they asked in the lobby afterwards.
Director: Paul Triggiani
Head Writer: Steve Swan
Here’s another holiday video from ManiPedi, which debuted at last Sunday’s Secret Pants sketch comedy extravaganza, A Banner Year at the Ol’ Bender House.
Iceberg, right ahead!
More importantly, the video also raises awareness about depression and misanthropy in Titanic-headed individuals. If you or a family member has a Titanic head, talk to ManiPedi for ways to cope. Listen, all you Titanic heads out there. You’re gonna get out of here, you’re gonna go on and you’re gonna make lots of babies, and you’re gonna watch them grow. You’re gonna die an old… an old Titanic Head lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me? You make your own luck. I mean, you got everything you need right here with you. You got air in your lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, you love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who you’re gonna meet, where you’re gonna wind up. Just the other night you were sleeping under a bridge and now here you are with a head that’s the grandest ship in the world, having champagne with us fine people. I figure life’s a gift and you shouldn’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. Learn to take life as it comes at you…to make each day count.
You can see ManiPedi LIVE TONIGHT at ‘Sideshow Presents: Know When to Leave’ at 8pm at the Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad Street). Admission is $10. BYOB.
We’ve still got holiday fever here at WitOut, so here’s the latest sketch video from ManiPedi, starring the one and only Mr. S. Claus. The N. Pole boss man goes undercover as an elf to get a better idea of what’s going on in his shop.
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WitOut: How would you describe Secret Pants for someone who’s never seen one of your shows before?
Paul Triggiani: I would describe one of our shows as “TV sketch comedy on a stage.” We (both as individuals and as a group) come from a film and video background, so when we’re putting together a live show, we approach it the way you would sketch comedy for live (or live-to-tape) television. We try to replicate the TV experience live, even if it means building a seemingly unnecessary set piece or painting ourselves black and white. We have a lot of fun with it, and if we do it well, it can be pretty magical.
WO: Can you give a brief history of your annual Christmas show?
PT: We brought our previous variety/sketch show, Welcome to the Terrordome, to Johnny Brenda’s in 2009. We had a couple of successful shows there, and that led to Johnny Brenda’s offering us a slot a couple days before Christmas (which I guess had been historically difficult to bring in an audience for). We all agreed at the time that we might be committing event suicide, but we took on the challenge and put up our first all-Christmas show, Nobody Ever Dies on Christmas (Except Toshiro Mifune), on December 23rd, 2010. We got a good crowd that year, and more importantly, people drank a lot, so Johnny Brenda’s asked us back again. Honestly, it’s just the absolute worst time of year to put together a show, but as long as people keep showing up and Johnny Brenda’s keeps asking us, we’ll probably keep doing it. Until we finally decide to give up this silly, expensive passion project.
WO: What are you most excited about for this Sunday’s A Banner Year at the Ol’ Bender Household? (Alternatively, you can also just name everything that excites you about it.)
PT: It’s hard to name something we aren’t excited for. For starters, we’re all pretty jazzed about our set. It’s very different from any set we’ve ever done; it’s a bit of an experiment and we hope the experiment is a success. We love and respect all of the groups that are on the show— and it’s up to like, seven now—and we wish we could come and just watch instead of being in charge (sorta). We pride ourselves on putting together a show that more than delivers for the price, and we honestly don’t think that you can get more entertainment and fun for $10 anywhere else, ever. Also, PS, Mad Elf on draft.
This year’s Secret Pants Christmas show, ‘A Banner Year at the Ol’ Bender House’, is THIS SUNDAY, December 23rd at 9pm at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Avenue). The show will be hosted by comedian Chip Chantry, and will also feature sketch groups Camp Woods, ManiPedi and Specific Jawns; a burlesque showcase with Randi Warhol; music from Emily and Micah McGraw. Admission is $10.