F. Harold is a Philly-only festival – to showcase comedy in and around Philadelphia, and the local area! F. Harold will be held at the Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, Tuesday April 24th through Sunday April 29th, 2012. F. Harold is an event designed to bring together and show off the talent in the comedy community, and continue fostering an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration! Each night the F. Harold will provide lots of great comedy shows and events – including long and short form improv shows, sketch and stand up comedy – to you at affordable prices, in the oldest theater in America. Much more information will be available soon, and submissions are open now!
No musical entertainment is allowed at this venue at this time, so please do not submit your musical act.
To submit, cut and paste this into an email.
Show Name: Contact Person: Phone: Email: Website (if applicable): List of all group members:
Tuesday April 24th:
Wednesday April 25th:
Thursday April 26th:
Friday April 27th:
Saturday April 28th:
Sunday April 29th:
This show will be (select one):
1. Long form improv
2. Short form improv
Any special notes – time conflicts, special needs, etc:
Once completed, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission costs $5, and must be paid either by PayPal, or in person to Rick Horner at your convenience. This submission is not a contract of participation and is subject to review and approval.
Remember to mark your calendars – set aside Tuesday April 24th through Sunday April 29th as YOUR opportunity to experience the high-quality comedy right here at home in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre. This is an event that should not be missed! For more information, email Rick Horner at email@example.com!
Hey all you wanna-be professional comedians, take this survey to help determine what social services will be available for professional comedians in the future through the newly-created American Comedy Fund (put together by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Comedy Central). Those of us who want to call comedy our profession can provide useful feedback to the ACF so that they can build a safety net for present and future American comedians. It’s anonymous, it takes 15 minutes, and it’s actually a useful way to do a personal inventory on your career path.
If you are outside of Philadelphia this Thursday, Bird Text is throwing a holiday themed Bird Text/ Househusbands Christmas at Maggie O’Neal’s in Drexel Hill. The show promises the premiere of the Christmas Episode of The Real Househusbands of Philadelphia as well as stand-up from some of Philly’s best.
Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Johnny Goodtimes is hosting a 1960’s themed night of comedy, music, and New Year’s Eve fun at The Latvian Society (7th and Spring Garden). The night will start at 8:00 with a cocktail hour and move on to a comedy show at 9:00. After the comedy there will be music by Terrence Brown and the Hornets to cap off the New Year’s festivities. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door (and include beer, wine, and champagne) and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from Johnny Goodtimes himself at one of his Quizzos.
Here’s a Christmas video from Chip Chantry and Bird Text to brighten up your day.
We announced the nominations – we opened up the voting – and now, finally, we announce the actual time and place for The 2011 Witout Awards. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, downstairs at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St. Philadelphia) the Philadelphia comedy community will come together to pat each other on the back. The show will begin at 8:00PM with the room and bar open at 7:00. Tickets will be on sale after the voting officially closes – which is Friday, December 16th – so if you haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting for?
To start things off with a bit of Philly flavor, Paul F. Tompkins was on Conan this week, and talked about driving with his wife and the crazy products in the SkyMall catalog. Splitsider has the clip for you to enjoy.
This article from Slate asks the question “Why are these hip male comedians all talking about their weight?” Marc Maron thinks it has to do with rebellion and that ““Now the enemy is really ourselves, and the struggle between accepting ourselves or hating ourselves”.
Hello! I am honored to have been nominated by Philebrity in the category of General Fabulousness. I’m not here to ask for you to vote for me. I’m here to ask you to believe in yourself, and vote for a better future, one in which I have a tasteful brass plaque on my wall that says FABULOUS GENERAL, 2012.
I’d like to take a moment to thank some of the people who have sent letters of support. Mary Davenport of Danielsville, PA: I’m sorry to hear about your loss; all I can say is, it gets better. Tom Goodall of Gary, IN: I use nightcrawlers too! Or sometimes a small piece of cheese. Dan Macavoy of Miama, FL: Your son’s a very talented artist. Thank you for the eagle drawing.
And now, I’d like to answer the other letters I’ve gotten. Jason Schnieder of Munsie, ND: No, you are. Shauna Severn, Pensacola, FL: Not as big as your butt. David Caruso, Miama, FL: You have the face of an alcoholic Irish baby.
In closing, let me point out that even though there may be some people more fabulous than me, nobody is more general, and that’s 50% of what we’re talking about here.
This week, Comedy Month wraps up with the first annual City Spotlight, a week showcasing many of Philadelphia’s diverse comedic talents. Tonight, the Old Comedy Buffet features all comedians over 40 for a night of classic Philadelphia comedy. Later this week, Pat House hosts In The Beginning…, where comedians will show a video from their early days of comedy and roast themselves making fun of how far they’ve (hopefully) come. Friday night features Broad Comedy, an all female show hosted by Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa.
This Tuesday, Face Time with Chip Chantry returns to Helium Comedy Club. This month’s show will feature James Hesky, Brendan Kennedy, Darryl Charles, Glen Tickle, and as always will feature co-host and house band Amir Gollan and Chip Chantry doing the news.
Philly Improv Theater will feature a week of shows they are calling “Pilot Week” which will showcase all new shows looking for a permanent spot in the PHIT lineup. Tonight, Becca Trabin presents Town Hall a debate show in a mock town hall meeting format. Tuesday will feature True? The Roger C. Snair Interview Show hosted by Brendan Kennedy‘s Guilty Pleasures sidekick. Wednesday will be the debut of a new panel comedy show A Few Answers Short.
Helium Comedy Club has recently announced that they will be offering a five week course in sketch comedy taught by Gerre Garrett and Sara Carano, members of Philadelphia sketch comedy group The Waitstaff. The class will begin Monday, November 7 and run through December 12, with a final show for members of the class at Helium the following week. The class costs $500 and promises to teach sketch comedy writing, improvisation and sketch performance to those at any skill level, from beginners to more seasoned performers. Signups for the class are online, and the class size is limited – they will be accepting between 12 and 21 people for the course.
Following the hilarious week of improv that is the Philadelphia Improv Festival, the fourth annual Philly Sketchfest is set to take center stage for Philadelphia Comedy Month. From October 10-15, the Philly Sketchfest takes over the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor. This festival features sketch performers from the East Coast, the Midwest, Los Angeles, and the stars of Philadelphia’s extra talented sketch comedy scene. Comedy Month runs through October 23. The month will finish with City Spotlight, a week of stand-up, improv, and the CIF National College Improv Tournament, Liberty Bell Regional. Tickets cost $10, passes for the whole week are $45, and Comedy Month passes cost $125. More information can be found atwww.phlcomedy.com & www.philly-sketchfest.com
This year, Philly Sketchfest highlights the wealth of talent in the local sketch comedy scene. It will begin with an evening of solo sketch comedy featuring the return of local favorite Meg Favreau who now lives in LA. Other local groups set to take the stage include Animosity Pierre, Camp Woods, Hate Speech Committee, Secret Pants, Feeko Bros, and more. The festival is also presenting Don Montrey’s Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia contest where several sketch groups will compete for audience votes by pushing limits to the max with the dirtiest, raunchiest, foulest sketches audiences will ever see.
The out of town acts are led by the return of New Yorker Angel Yau, ImprovBoston’s Sawyer &Hurley, the award winning modern vaudeville of The Chris and Paul Show from New York, and festival headliners Last Call Cleveland, stars of many viral web hits, including “One Semester of Spanish, Spanish Love Song”.
Philly Sketchfest Schedule
Monday 10/10, 8 p.m.
Rob Asaro (New York)
Meg Favreau (Los Angeles)
Tuesday 10/11, 8 p.m.
Don Montrey’s DIRTIEST SKETCH IN PHILADELPHIA CONTEST
Tonight at the Raven Lounge at 9PM, improv group Rookie Card will do a little something different with their monthly show. Rookie Card Presents: Not Rookie Card will feature groups that feature members of Rookie Card, got it. So, instead of seeing the gang all together you will get to see Sue Taney and Darryl Charles, along with the rest of Hate Speech Committee, Marc Reber will join the fellas of Rintersplit, Tom Whitaker will perform with I Do, and the night will be hosted by Jake Alvarez.
This Thursday, also at the Raven Lounge, Center City Comedy will celebrate their Third Anniversary with a show featuring favorite comics from around Philly. After the show, the guys will have a party upstairs at the Raven. More details to come later this week.
Philly Mag’s G Philly recently ran this article about the upcoming Q Festival. In it they talk to festival producer Alejandro Morales, as well as Greg Maughan of PHIT. Shows run at various venues throughout Philly from Monday, October 10 through Saturday, October 15th.
October will be a busy month for Philly comedy. In addition to the six week PHIT run and the Q Festival it is also the second annual Comedy Month. The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater will feature three weeks of comedy from the Seventh Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival, The Fourth Annual Philly Sketchfest, and the first ever City Spotlight. We posted about the Improv Festival last week, and added all the shows to our calendar – and we will add more info about the rest of Comedy Month soon!
Super DPS wrote this review of Alex Gross and Ian Vaflor’sPro Mania Fringe Festival show. The review mentions performances by James Hesky, Joe Dougherty, Brendan Kennedy and Dennis Trafny. Check it out.