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Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 20

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.

This week is another week of shows at the Philly Improv Theater, the first in a six week run at the Shubin. The line-up includes favorites such as Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (With Special Guests)Reasonable Discourse with Jerks, Cage MatchHey Everybody, The Gross Show and PHIT House Team Night.

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’s Pro Mania Fringe Festival show. The review mentions performances by James Hesky, Joe Dougherty, Brendan Kennedy and Dennis Trafny. Check it out.

 

Philadelphia Improv Festival Kicks-Off Comedy Month in October

Press release from the Philadelphia Improv Festival:

The city is about to get a lot funnier throughout October. Once again, the Philadelphia Comedy Collective is hosting Philadelphia Comedy Month. This October, there will be three weeks of comedy which kicks off with the seventh annual Philadelphia Improv Festival October 5-9 at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor.  Comedy Month will run through October 23, featuring the Philly Sketchfest, and the City Spotlight, which will feature films, stand-up, improv  and the Mid Atlantic Regional College Improv Championship. Tickets cost $10 per night Tuesday-Thursday and on Sunday. The Friday and Saturday night shows cost $10 per block or $20 for the entire night. A full pass to the PHIF costs $60. A full Comedy Month pass costs $125. More information can be found at www.phlcomedy.com.

This year, Philadelphia Comedy Month has partnered with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, who will receive a portion of proceeds from tickets sales as well as funds raised in the charity raffle, running throughout the month. Comedy Month will kick off on October 4th, with a showcase reading of comedic plays from Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

The talent for the Philadelphia Improv Festival this year runs far and wide. The festival will be highlighted by an appearance from Jill Bernard, a nationally known improviser who is presenting her wildly popular one-woman, multi-character musical, Drum Machine. Also appearing at the festival  are Three’s Company from iO Chicago, BillyHawk from iO West, and an assortment of talented teams from New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Austin, and Los Angeles.

The local improv community will continue to have strong representation at the festival.  The wildly popular Rare Bird Show, as well as The Real Housewives of Philadelphia will both be making their first appearances since last year’s festival. ComedySportz Philadelphia is remounting its Improvised Shakespeare show for the festival, which over the past two years has proven to be a big hit with audiences. A few other local highlights include MattAndThe Amie & Kristen Show and the N Crowd, as well as a record six local teams making their PHIF debut.

“I’m really excited about what we’ve put together for PHIF this year, and can’t wait to share it with audiences. In our seventh year, we’ve focused on bringing real variety to the stage. Through both our commissioned and selected acts, we’re seeing a real cross section of what improv has to offer fans. We’re showcasing a terrific mix of indie shows as well as ensembles from some of the top theaters in the country,” said festival producer Matt Nelson. “We’ve been able to assemble a lineup that boasts many of the most beloved and acclaimed acts from previous years and a healthy assortment of young, energetic groups on the rise. We have both classic shows and experimental pieces, ranging from structured or premise-based pieces to pop satire and even a solo musical. It’s outright some of the best people touring festival circuits today, many of whom have emerged from right here in our own backyard. It’s a combination that comedy fans are going to be hard pressed to pass up.”

Philadelphia Improv Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, Oct 5
7:30pm

Haverford Middle School Actors Workshop (Haverford, PA)
King Friday (Philadelphia, PA)
Double Date (New York, NY)

9:00pm
Legion (New York, NY)
Grimacchio (Philadelphia, PA)
ComedySportz Presents Improvised Shakespeare (Philadelphia, PA)

Thursday, Oct 6
7:30pm
N Crowd (Philadelphia, PA)
Iron Lung (Philadelphia, PA)
Til Death Do Us Part (Philadelphia, PA)

9:00pm
Cubed (Philadelphia, PA)

Mayor Karen (Philadelphia, PA)
The Lodge (Boston, MA + New York, NY)
Real Housewives of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA + Los Angeles, CA)

Friday, Oct 7
7:00pm

The Score (Washington, DC)
The Andrews Sisters (New York, NY)
Fletcher (Philadelphia, PA)

8:30pm
Shawn-Mikael(s) (Washington, DC)
Firth&Arjet (Austin, TX)
ImprovBoston Mainstage (Boston, MA)

10:00pm
The Amie & Kristen Show (Philadelphia, PA)
MattAnd (Philadelphia, PA)
Lekker (Baltimore, MD)
Three’s Company (Chicago, IL)

Saturday, Oct 8

7:00pm

Hidden Falls (Boston, MA)
The Imposters (New York, NY)
Adrift (Various)

8:30pm
Marjean (Boston, MA)
Asteroid! (Philadelphia, PA)
BillyHawk (Los Angeles, CA)

10:00pm
BWP (Philadelphia, PA)
Hello Laser (New York, NY)
Rare Bird Show (Philadelphia, PA + Los Angeles, CA)
Drum Machine (Minneapolis, MN)

Sunday, Oct 9
7:00pm

Rookie Card (Philadelphia, PA)
RuBin (New York, NY)
Caveat (Washington, DC)

8:30pm
Jessica Tandy (Philadelphia, PA)
Featherweight (New York, NY)
Vox Pop (New York, NY + Washington, DC)

Philly’s Phunniest Semi Finals (Show Two)

Last night, in the second semi final round of Helium Comedy Club’s Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest, five more comedians moved on to tonight’s final round. The five finalists are:

Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Andy Nolan, Tommy Pope and Pat Barker.

They will be joining John McKeever, Pat House, Mike Rainey, Gordon Baker Bone and Gary Vider in tonight’s finals.

The ten comedians will take the stage at Helium tonight at 8PM. The show will be hosted by Big Jay Oakerson, and tickets can be purchased online.

ComedySportz Announces Rookie Class of 2011

After 2 days, 20 hours and 100 amazingly funny people, ComedySportz is proud to announce The Rookie Class of 2011:

Alan Williams, Darryl Charles, Sue Taney, Kevin Lopez, Mark Leopold, Daniel Dorff, Rachel Sydney, Kevin Regan, Langston Darby and Lulu Krause.

ComedySportz calls new cast members “Rookies” out of tradition, but that title should in no way undermine their talent:

“These guys are really going to impress!” says Rookie Trainer, Jason Stockdale. “We are adding a group of very funny performers to our company. I’m looking forward to working with them over the coming months and can’t wait for them to hit the ComedySportz Arena and destroy everyone with their skills.”

The Rookies begin training this week and will debut mid-Fall.

ComedySportz performs every Saturday night at 7:30 and 10PM. Starting in September, ComedySportz expands its programming with “Final Fridays” — a series of new shows the last two weeks of every month.

This Week in Philly Comedy Shows

It’s quite a busy weekend in Philly comedy. Weekends start on Wednesdays, right? Check out a rundown of all the action right here! Click on each show to be taken to the listing page on our Comedy Calendar.

Wednesday

Tell Me a Story

Sketch Playground

Reece Waters at Helium Comedy Club

Thursday

Fletcher and Friends

Laugh Away Thursdays

Tommy Davidson at Helium Comedy Club

Neil Brennan at Connie’s Ric Rac

Friday

The N Crowd

I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times

Tommy Davidson at Helium Comedy Club

Teddy Carpenter’s Top Headliners at the Laff House

Saturday

Teddy Carpenter’s Top Headliners at the Laff House

Tommy Davidson at Helium Comedy Club

 

 

 

 

PRO-MANIA Fringe Festival Show Accepting Applications

THE SHOW
A sport-stravagant celebration of the larger-than-life spectacle that is professional wrestling (with only some of the wrestling). Philly’s top comedic performers pay homage to the flashy trash talking promos, slick video packages, & bitter rivalries of the squared circle. WARNING: Our performers may break your chair over each others’ heads.

APPLICATIONS
In place of auditions, this show will be taking online applications from comedians interested in performing. Potential performers will be asked to provide their contact information and a description of the wrestling character they would like to create for the show.

To complete an application for PRO-MANIA! please visit this link

CASTING, REHEARSALS, and SHOWS
Upwards of 20 people will be cast and notified in mid-July that they will perform in the September run, with a meeting of all participants sometime during the same month. Performers will then be paired up for “fights” and expected to rehearse their fight with the commissioners and a fight choreographer. There are three performances scheduled for PRO-MANIA!, on the following dates:

Friday, 9/2 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/9 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/16 at 11:30 p.m.

In addition there will be a fight call in the early evening (approx. 5:00 p.m.) before each performance for the wrestlers on that date to rehearse their moves.

PHIT Announces Casts for Fringe Festival Shows

Philly Improv Theater recently announced the casts for their upcoming Philly Fringe Festival shows.

twenty-four (directed by Steve Kleinedler) Each completely improvised performance of twenty-four unfolds in real time, a twenty-four minute window on the realistic relationship dynamics of six individuals. A stripped-down tour-de-force focusing on characters, their intentions, and their interactions – with a cast of improv veterans – twenty-four is funny, moving, theatrical, and not to be missed!
The Cast
Emily Davis
Corin Wells
Becca Trabin
Mike Marbach
Marc Reber
Jessica Ross
Cait O’Driscoll

Dark Comedy (directed by Jason Grimley) Chicago’s famous improv format “The Bat” is a show unlike any Fringe audiences have witnessed before: a spontaneously created comedy performed in pitch blackness. Come see Philly’s top improvisers do it in the dark.
The Cast
Shannon DeVido
Adam Siry
Brian Ratcliffe
Rachel Semigran
Alan Williams
Andrew Stanton
Hillary Rea
Amy Nash
Alan Kaufmann

Friends of Alcatraz Alcatraz, the most desirable cat in the world, is putting on a night of comedy with his fleece-faced puppet friends – and you’re invited! Featuring innovative staging that lets the audience watch the show on stage or on screen, this production is the first fully improvised puppet show ever seen in Philadelphia. (Please note: while this show features puppets, it’s not for small children).
The Cast
Rob Cutler
Dave Jadico
Jason Stockdale
Kelly Vrooman

Show times and information can be found on Philly Improv Theater’s Show Calendar or right here, on our Comedy Show Calendar.

ComedySportz Auditions

From the group’s Facebook page:

ComedySportz Philadelphia, Philly’s longest running comedy show, is holding auditions for new company members on Saturday, July 30th with callbacks Sunday, July 31st.

Auditioners will be required to reserve a 10-minute slot in the morning or afternoon of Saturday July 30th at the Playground at the Adrienne (2030 Sansom Street, in Center City Philadelphia). If called back, you will be required to attend a two-hour group audition on Sunday July 31st, either during the morning (10:00 am to 12:00 noon) or the afternoon (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm).

To reserve an audition slot, please e-mail auditions@comedysportzphilly.com with your name and which audition time you prefer: morning, afternoon or either. (Slots based on availability.)