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 email@example.com 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.
The Ministry of Secret Jokes returns this Wednesday (8pm) at Fergie’s Pub. This month, Doogie Horner plans to entertain you with a Super Special Holiday edition of The Ministry with performances from Juliet Hope Wayne, Gary Vider, Mike Robinson, Animosity Pierre, Amir Gollan, and a Christmas story read by Dagger himself! You can see more info or RSVP on the Facebook event.
This Friday marks the debut of the Fighting Burrito Comedy Showcase at The Grape Room Lounge in Manayunk. Hosted by Nicole Yates, the show will feature sets from James Hesky, Carolyn Busa,Jim Grammond, Mary Radzinski, Aaron Hertzog, Jason Hazelwood and Sean Preston.
This Sunday at O’Neals Pub (611 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia) Philly Improv Theater house team Mayor Karen will be hosting Comedy Quizzo. For $5 players can test their knowledge of all things comedy for the chance to win the first place cash prize or one of many other consolation prizes.
One more reminder, you have until this Friday to vote for the 2011 Witout Awards, which, we just announced last week will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in the downstairs room at World Cafe Live keep updated on information as it is announced by RSVPing to the Facebook Event.
Tonight, Helium Comedy Club will host auditions for the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Ten of Philly’s best stand-ups will take the stage to perform for representatives looking for comedians for their annual New Faces showcase in Montreal. More information can be found at Helium’s website and tickets can be purchased online.
The monthly Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac returns to the South Philly venue tonight where eight of the best improv groups in the city will take the stage for 15 minute sets. Tonight’s show will feature the comedy of Bed Savage, Kait and Andrew, Deleted Scenes, Horner and Davis, Gross Butler , Mayor Karen, Hate SpeechCommittee, and one yet-to-be-named team.
Jake Alvarez of Rookie Card was featured in the City Paper’s comic issue this week for his Hypnospiral humor comic blog. You can check out his entry, as well as the other submissions online.
Improv group Nielsen is holding auditions for new team members. Auditions will be held next Monday, December 12th from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at a West Philadelphia location. Interested parties should contact Andy Moskowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday will mark the final performance of Philly Improv Theater house team Fletcher. The group is retiring after a long and successful run together and PHIT is sending them out with the longest house team night of the year. All six house teams will perform, starting at 7 PM (King Friday and Hey Rube) continuing at 8:30 (Mayor Karen and ZaoGao) and finishing at 10:00 (Asteroid and Fletcher). The late night improv jam will be hosted by Fletcher, and promises to be a fitting farewell party.
Voting for the 2011 Witout Awards is coming to a close. Philadelphia performers will have until Friday, December 16 to cast their vote for the 14 award categories. Plans are being made for the award ceremony/party and will be announced soon.
Submissions are still open for Top Five of 2011 lists for Witout.net. Any interested person can compile a list of their top five favorite things from any area of comedy, either local to Philadelphia or anywhere in the world and submit them for the site to run in the final few weeks of the year. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com
There will be another Free Improv @ Connie’s Ric Rac show next Tuesday, December 6 at 9:00pm. This month’s show will feature Bed Savage, Kait and Andrew, Deleted Scenes, Horner and Davis, Gross Butler , Mayor Karen, and Hate Speech Committee.
Today is the deadline to apply for The Grand Opera House in Wilmington Delaware’s LOL @ The Grand Competition. Ten comedians will be chosen to perform on their baby grand stage on March 2, 2012 to compete for the grand prize of opening for one of their future headliners.
Comedian Joe DeVito will headline at Helium Comedy Club this week (originally, Mo Mandel was scheduled, but had to cancel.) DeVito was a semi finalist on season five of Last Comic Standing and has also appeared on Comedy Central, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and more.
Witout is still accepting submissions for Top Five of 2011 lists – year end recaps of our favorite things in comedy from Philly and beyond. Ideas can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting Wednesday, November 30th there will be a new, weekly open mic at The Level Room on 21st and Market. Comedy at The Level Room is produced by the folks of Rittenhouse Comedy and will be the latest in the ever growing comedian produced open mic scene in Philadelphia. More information is available on Facebook.
Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents) will be performing at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar on Saturday, December 3rd. The show is a fundraiser for animal rights presented by the Peace Advocacy Network. Also featured on the show will be Rob Desantis, Alex Grubard, Alex Pearlman, Lisa Yost, and Matt Lacy. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online.
Witout is currently taking submissions for Top Five of 2011 Lists. Comedians, producers, and fans of comedy can feel free to submit a Top Five list of anything comedy related to us for publication near the end of the year. Past years lists included favorite bits, sketches, shows, moments, quotes, specials – it can be related to Philly comedy or national comedy.
Voting is still open for The 2011 Witout Awards. Members of the Philadelphia comedy community can cast their votes by clicking on the links here.
Tonight, Rookie Card‘s monthly show at the Raven Lounge has a special Halloween theme. What does that mean? It means they will be giving out candy to those in attendance and will be giving out special prizes to audience members in costume. Joining them on the stage will be improv group Safe-Weird and stand-up Aaron Hertzog.
Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (With Special Guests) returns to the Philly Improv Theater tonight with it’s Halloween show featuring performances by: Eric Todd, Pat House, Tom Cassidy, a sketch from John Kensil, James Hesky and Mike Rainey, Story Time with Mike Rainey, The Feed with Jim Grammond and the first ever stand-up performance by Alex Dingley. Costumes are optional, but a prize will be given out for the best one.
Nominations for the 2011 Witout Awards will continue until this Friday night at 11:59 PM. Members of the Philadelphia comedy community are encouraged to make up to three nominations in each category – and to make sure they include their own name in parenthesis after their nominations. Nominees will be announced next week, with online voting taking place after that.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania is starting a new political satire website FLACKcheck.org. A sister site to factcheck.org, Flack Check is designed to use the ancient art of humor to hold politicians accountable for what they say and do. More information about the project can be found online.
Auditions are being held at The Raven Lounge on Monday November 14 from 6:00 to 10:30PM for Quarter Life Crisis, a sitcom project described as “a narrative of transition and self discovery about three best friends who drop out of college during a quarter-life crisis”. Interested actors can contact email@example.com to secure an audition slot.
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.
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.
This Wednesday, Sketch Playground will present it’s first “showcase” at L’etage. Play Favorites (Facebook Event) will feature improv performances by Hate Speech Committee, Iron Lung and Get a Room. The show will also feature favorite sketches from Sketch Playground and will be hosted by Ian David Vaflor.
Last week the second episode of Down the Show premiered at Connie’s Ric Rac - now it is online for your enjoyment. The episode features an opening performance by Sherman Hemsley, stand-up from Chip Chantry, John McKeever and Conrad Roth, sketches from the minds of Rob Baniewicz and Abigail Bruley which feature performances from Aaron Hertzog and Joe Dougherty and sketches from Secret Pants and Camp Woods.
The final preliminary round of the 2011 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest was held last night at Helium Comedy Club.Steve Balbier, Munzy K, and Gary Vider advanced to the semi-finals, which will be held next Sunday, and Monday at the club. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.
Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play is searching for talented actors (men and women ages 21-40) with experience in improv, theatre and sketch comedy to join its ensemble. Also searching for an assistant director, pianists and guitarists, stage managers, and technical directors. Visit ByeByeLiver.com for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
Tomorrow night The Barbary will play host to another Comedy Dreamz show featuring sketch, stand-up, and short films. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10. (Facebook Event)
Center City Comedy has released a new sketch – Painballing With Rambo. The sketch features performances by James Hesky, Billy Bob Thompson, Mary Radzinski, and Andy Nolan as the titular character – as well as a slew of other Philly comics in supporting roles. Check it out right here!