Upcoming Shows

  • September 25, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 25, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • September 26, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • September 26, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • September 26, 2014 8:00 pmA Very Nice Comedy Show
  • September 26, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • September 26, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 26, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 27, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • September 27, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • September 27, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • September 27, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • September 27, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • October 2, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 2, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • October 3, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 3, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 3, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 3, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 3, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 4, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 4, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 4, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 4, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 4, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
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Nikki Black

Nikki Black opens the show with stand-up comedy and diagrams of ghosts’ boners.

Mani Pedi - at risk youths 2

A counselor tries to connect with at-risk youths.

Mani Pedi - at risk youths

They’ve had it rough but some of them are just moody because they’re on a juice-cleanse.

Mani Pedi - School House Rock

If School House Rock did an episode about female anatomy…

Mani Pedi - Sassy White Girls

Sassy white women live vicariously through their soft-spoken black friend.

Mani Pedi - Prosthesis

Bored school-girls can bring out the insecurity in any motivational speaker.

Mani Pedi - Salt

A research & development team ponders new ways to market salt.

ManiPedi adds Corin Wells, Caitlin Weigel and Jacquie Baker

ManiPedi

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™.

Caitlin Weigel

Mani pedi is the tits. Writing and rehearsing with this group is like being at an endless slumber party with a bunch of raunchy gang members and just thinking about all their beautiful, hilarious, idiot faces gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Mani pedi is the tits. Writing and rehearsing with this group is like being at an endless slumber party with a bunch of raunchy gang members. Just thinking about all their beautiful, hilarious, idiot faces gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Corin Wells

Corin Wells

I just kind of started showing up to rehearsals. I think they thought I was Madonna [Refugia] for a while. Anyway, after they found me out, they kind of just let me stay which was cool. I avoided the hazing process of having to shake my tits repeatedly for a week and eating an entire cake by myself but trust me… I’m paying for my deception.

Jacquie Baker

Jacquie Baker

“I don’t know why good things keep happening to me, but better me than someone else.
Right, Darwin?”

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!)

 

Sketch Comedy All Weekend @ PSF & Phit

PSFThere’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 FridayAngel Yau, Chico, Marina & Nicco; 10pmFrange & Stern, Don’t We Boys. 8pm SaturdayNational Scandal, ManiPedi, Brick Penguin. 10pmTransplants, 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!

New Video from ManiPedi: “Shakin’ My Tits”

Here’s the latest from sketch group ManiPedi—sure to be the feel-good hit of the summer:

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!

Interview with Jp Boudwin of ‘NOW TIME’

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 jpboudwin@gmail.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.

 

The ManiPedi WitOut Awards Drinking Game

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:

  • Take a drink every time Aaron Hertzog says “Friendship”; finish your drink if he starts a chant.
  • Every time Grimacchio does a musical number, chug your drink for the entire duration of the number.
  • Take a drink every time someone mentions people moving to New York and LA.

Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Sketch Group

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
The Feeko Brothers are a sketch comedy duo from Philadelphia, PA formed by Billy Bob Thompson & Christian Alsis in 2008 as an excuse to hug each other in front of strangers. Here’s what the Philadelphia City Paper said about their last show: “Their writing decisions are so strong they seem to create the in-the-moment phenomena of improv theater with the razor conceptuality of modern sketch greats.” The Bros have performed at Chicago Sketchfest, Philly Sketchfest, and are regulars at Philly Improv Theater and Helium Comedy Club. Separately they’ve performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Fest, and The Boston Improv Festival. Recently, the Feeks have studied under Steve Kleinedler of ImprovBoston fame and Kevin McDonald of the “Kids in the Hall” fame. Their online vid-bits have been featured on the front page of FunnyOrDie.com and the duo won Best Sketch Group and Best Sketch at last year’s WitOut Awards.

Cast:
Christian Alsis
Billy Bob Thompson

Camp Woods
Camp Woods is a sketch comedy troupe from Philadelphia, PA that was formed in 2009. The group blends sharp absurdism and energetic performances with homemade props, sets, puppets, and costumes to create a memorable live experience that is sometimes smart, sometimes stupid, and always fun. Camp Woods has performed shows in Philadelphia and New York, and as part of Chicago Sketchfest, The North Carolina Comedy and Arts Festival, and the Boston Improv Festival.

Cast:
Sam Narisi
Rob Baniewicz
JP Boudwin
Pat Foy
Brendan Kennedy
Madonna Refugia
Billy Bob Thompson

ManiPedi
ManiPedi was pieced together in the summer of 2011. Nominated for last year’s WitOut Award for Best Sketch Group in Philadelphia and featured in the Ladies are Funny Festival 2012 in Austin, TX, ManiPedi brings on the laughs with their combination of irreverent wit and inherent un-femininity.

Cast:
Madonna Marie Refugia
Shannon Brown
Briana Kelly
Kaitlin Thompson
Aubrie Williams

Secret Pants
Secret Pants shows are like “TV sketch comedy on a stage.” The members of the group all come from a film and video background, so when they’re putting together a live show, they approach it the way you would sketch comedy for live (or live-to-tape) television. Secret Pants tries to replicate the TV experience live, even if that means building a seemingly unnecessary set piece or painting themselves black and white. And when they do it well, it can be pretty magical.

Cast:
Brian Craig
Brian Kelly
Bryce Remsburg
Larry Wiechecki
Paul Triggiani
Samantha Russell Craig
Steve Thorne

The Flat Earth

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

Writers:
Vincent DiCostanzo
Luke Field
Sean Landis
Jess Ross
Matt Schmid
Adam Siry

Actors:
Jacqueline Baker
Jim Grammond
Brent Knobloch
Rich Lee
Jess Ross
Molly Silverman
Harry Watermeier

“Merry Christmas, Titanic Head!” by ManiPedi

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.

“Undercover Boss: North Pole Edition” by ManiPedi

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.

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!