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Philly Comedy Weekend Photos — SketchFest 2013

Pilgrims demand a boob flashing to prove that this woman isn’t a witch.

ManiPedi: Pilgrims demand a boob flashing to prove that this woman isn’t a witch. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Parents help their daughter mourn the death of her boyfriend.

Parents help their daughter mourn the death of her boyfriend. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Unemployed skunk gets drunk.

Unemployed skunk gets drunk. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Brick Penguin Presents The Broccoli Brothers Asshhole Cleaners

Brick Penguin Presents The Broccoli Brothers Asshhole Cleaners. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Reviewing the company’s new medical plan.

Reviewing the company’s new medical plan. [Photo: Ben Miller]

My wife was reincarnated as a fat garbage-man.

My wife was reincarnated as a fat garbage-man. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Dog Mountain's weight-loss contest gone horribly wrong.

Dog Mountain’s weight-loss contest gone horribly wrong.[Photo: Kyle Harris]

Who will save defenseless couple from mugger?

Who will save defenseless couple from mugger? [Photo: Kyle Harris]

Mask and Wig Club shows extras how to piss off a Director!

Mask and Wig Club shows extras how to piss off a Director! [Photo: Kyle Harris]

The violinists of the sinking Titanic deal with a passionate cymbalist.

The violinists of the sinking Titanic deal with a passionate cymbalist. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

You had to have been there...

You had to have been there…. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

National Scandal Presents a Sassy Women’s Book Club.

National Scandal Presents a Sassy Women’s Book Club. [Photo: Ben Miller]

An OK Cupid date with a serial killer.

An OK Cupid date with a serial killer. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Drunk cops on duty.

Drunk cops on duty. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Pirate Sugar shows the importance of regular "maintenance".

Pirate Sugar shows the importance of regular “maintenance”. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

The hottest Russian hair stylist shows off her stud brother to a client.

The hottest Russian hair stylist shows off her stud brother to a client. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

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!

SketchFest Tonight: Dog Mountain, Pirate Sugar, The Mask & Wig Club

Philly sketch super-group, Dog Mountain (featuring, in various capacities, such names as Rob Baniewicz, Chip Chantry, Joe Moore, Mike Marbach, Carl Boccuti, Dan Vetrano and more) will be doing selections from their three runs so-far.

Says Joe Moore–the Andy Richter of Philly Comedy–“This is a ‘best-of’, so you can see all of the best sketches we’ve ever done, without putting up with the not-best ones.” … adding… “But they were all pretty good.”

Here’s a Dog Mountain video in which Joe reviews an entire 30-pack of Genesee.

Also performing will be Pirate Sugar, as well as the music-comedy of  U-Penn’s legendary The Mask & Wig Club. The show starts at 8:00pm at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street).

Photos From Dirtiest Sketch 13

Alex Grubard & Joey Dougherty

Alex Grubard pitches “The Aristocats” to Disney executive Joey Dougherty.

Alex Grubard & Joey Dougherty 2

It was like “The Aristocrats” joke, but for “kids”!

Animosity Pierre

Blangalangalang and DJ Footie-Pajamas take a while to introduce themselves. (DJ Footie-PJ’s name has a lot of “aka’s”.

Animosity Pierre 2

The boys are joined by Blangalangalang’s weird half-sister/possible daughter… Opera singer Sangalangalang.

High Drama 3

High Drama do a hip-hop number about menstruation.

High Drama

At some point, this miniature pyramid structure will be used to make… quite a mess.

the incredible shrinking matt & jaquie

2013 Dirtiest Sketch in Philly Winners, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jaquie.

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Their Twilight knock-off describes a more efficient way to for Edward and Bella to achieve serum transfer and intimacy.

the incredible shrinking matt & jaquie

Excuse me while I go puke…

Videos from The 2012 Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition

Philly Sketchfest has released a few videos from the 2012 Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition. Below you can see the winning entry from High Dramma as well as The Feeko Brothers‘ entry and Animosity Pierre’s contribution to the evening. You might not want to watch these at work, or if you’re eating, or squeamish. After all, it is a competition about who can get the filthiest.

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!

“Yasmine Bleeth: Sexy Bits” by The Feeko Brothers

The Feeko Brothers combined all of the Yasmine Bleeth interludes from their 2012 Philly Sketchfest show into one video for easy enjoyment. Here it is!

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 One-Man Sketch Group The Clay & Calhoun Sketch Comedierie

by Peter Rambo

If you didn’t know ahead of time, you wouldn’t guess that The Clay & Calhoun Sketch Comedierie’s first show was Monday night. Despite tech problems that plagued each of the night’s performances, Clay & Calhoun put on 15 minutes of tight, well-acted sketches and videos that featured faces familiar to anyone who follows comedy in Philadelphia. Perhaps that’s because the man behind the outfit, Vincent DiCostanzo, isn’t new to Philly comedy. He’s been part of the city’s sketch scene since 2003, and in addition to Clay & Calhoun, he’s one of the writers for Philadelphia Improv Theater’s house sketch team, The Flat Earth.

Vincent led the night with a sketch that tested the limits of an NPR presenter’s willingness to stay true to the source material during banned book week. Awkward moments continued through sketches that touched on dating, the news and birthdays, before the set wrapped with Secret Pants’ Paul Triggiani on stage to help with a new take on the bit made famous by Abbot and Costello, “Who’s on First?”

I spoke to Vincent after the show and then again on Tuesday.

Peter Rambo: How do you think the debut went?

Vincent DiCostanzo: I think, all in all, the show went well. There were some tech set-backs, but you have to accept that some things are out of your control. I jokingly told Hillary [Rea] downstairs that “my set is 90% awkward silence—so the crowd will be nice and warmed up for ya.” I didn’t realize how accurate I would be. One GOOD thing, though: There was an outro and a credit sequence set to play after “Huckleberry Finn,” then I added “Happy Birthday” at the last minute to pad for time and give myself time to change clothes. The tech skipped the credits and jumped right to “Happy Birthday,” so it’s a good thing I took my shirt off before my pants or the next sketch would have been very awkward, or—awkwarder.

PR: What kind of prior sketch experience do you have?

VD: I started doing sketch comedy back in 2003—or thereabouts—with a group called SKITSoid. It started as part of the Fringe Festival and there were only a handful of shows after that, and I didn’t start writing until late in the game. As SKITSoid wound down, I started writing and producing my own work as part of The Gentlemen’s Rotary Auxiliary.

PR: And how long have you been working on Clay & Calhoun?

VD: Clay & Calhoun started making its way into my brain just over a year ago. I had a stack of sketches left over after the Gent’s Rotary’s demise and ideas just kept populating in my brain. I kept going to shows and really missed making comedy. I jumped at the chance to write for a PHIT House Team, now known as The Flat Earth, to get my legs back under me. Unfortunately, halfway though the process, my hours at work changed and I couldn’t make as many meetings, rehearsals, etc. That panic and anxiety over the loss of control over my material—which I expected to an extent—lit the fire under my ass. I had challenged myself to start writing sketches that could be performed by one person, but ended up failing at that pretty quickly. I think the only two good ones I came up with were performed Monday night. I’ve always preferred performing with other people, plus, there are too many voices in my head for a one-man show. I applied for Philly SketchFest on the last day submissions were being accepted to sort of force my own hand.

PR: What are some of the benefits and/or pitfalls of running things by yourself?

VD: Well, I haven’t been doing everything myself. When I sat down to start to dive into the work for SketchFest, I invited a few friends over for B.S. sessions. Matthew Schmid, whom I met while working with The Flat Earth, has been at my side the whole time—acting as a sounding board, cheerleader and helping hand. Also, as corny and cliched as it is to say, the comedy community is very supportive. Anyone and everyone I approached for a hand was happy to offer.

PR: So, how many people did you end up working with on Monday’s show?

VD: In total, I was able to harness the talents of nine different people—10 if you include Miss Nikki Black whose sketch was cut at the last minute.

PR: Where did the name come from?

VD: Anyone who knows me knows that I am a history junkie. Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun were the two polar stalwarts of 19th century American politics. When he was leaving the Presidency, Andrew Jackson said he had “but one regret: not shooting Henry Clay and not hanging John Calhoun.”

PR: Is it hard splitting your time between two sketch entities?

VD: It hasn’t been hard yet. The Flat Earth is on a hiatus—which gave me time to work on Clay & Calhoun material. But rumors (and email threads back and forth) have it that The Flat Earth will be starting back up soon. I don’t expect it to be too difficult, because as any good parent knows: It’s easy to tell which of your children you want to raise on your own, and which you want to give away to be someone else’s responsibility. Disclaimer: I am not a parent.

PR: What are some of the difficulties of living in New Jersey and performing in Philadelphia?

VD: Honestly—the parking.

PR: Are you looking forward to any other Sketchfest events?

VD: Unfortunately, I have to work every night this week. So here’s what I’m looking forward to regretting that I missed. Specific Jawns: watching Chip Chantry’s transformation from stand-up to sketch comedian is like watching a butterfly turn into a butterfly. ManiPedi: Their No More Wire Wangers set blew my mind. What I’m really looking forward to is when I finally have Friday and Saturday nights off: grabbing a seat 15 minutes before the first act of the night and not leaving until after the last.

PR: Do you have any upcoming shows, or anything you’d like us to plug?

VD: Currently, nothing. But I’ll let you know ASAP.

You can watch Clay and Calhoun’s videos at vimeo.com/vdicostanzo.

Peter Rambo writes and performs with American Breakfast. (Catch them at the next Camp Woods Plus on Thursday, December 6th.) You can follow Peter’s quiet Twitter feed via @gunnarrambo.

Ewwwww Grossssss – Photos from the 2012 Dirtiest Sketch Contest

Photographer: Peter Rambo

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Kids with Rickets

 

 

 

The Specific Jawns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accelerate Into Oblivion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Rambo writes and performs with American Breakfast. (Catch them at the next Camp Woods Plus on Thursday, December 6th.) You can follow Peter’s quiet Twitter feed via @gunnarrambo.

Schedule for Fifth Annual Philly Sketchfest

Comedy Month Philadelphia continues this week with the fifth annual Philly Sketchfest. The shows kicked off Monday with sets from Judo RangeLocal Holiday Miracle, Tales From a Body CastHillary Rea presents: Crush Comedy and Clay & Calhoun and continued last night with The Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition where High Dramma took home the prize. The festival continues at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased online.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 14TH

8:00PM
The Specific Jawns – Philadelphia
ManiPedi – Philadelphia
MacCloskey & Myers – New York
The Mask & Wig Club – Philadelphia

THURSDAY, NOV 15TH

8:00PM
High Dramma – Philadelphia
The Monthly Hour – Philadelphia
Desperate Times – New York

FRIDAY, NOV 16TH

9:00PM
Onassis – New York
Camp Woods – Philadelphia

10:30PM
Brick Penguin – Washington, DC
The Feeko Brothers – Philadelphia

SATURDAY, NOV 17TH

7:00PM
Marina & Nicco – New York
Friends of Gertrude – Boston

9:00PM
Boosh Kla Klau – New York
Animosity Pierre – Philadelphia

10:30PM
Missing Earl – New York
Sawyer & Hurley – Boston

“It Tastes Like Hot Miracle Whip” – Recap of the 2012 Dirtiest Sketch Competition and Interview with Winners High Dramma

by Pat Reber

I am truly disgusted.  That doesn’t happen very often, but High Dramma has managed to do it.  I’m watching a man, in his desperation to get laid, lick and suck on a young woman’s parasitic twin as it leaks a milky fluid onto his face and into his mouth.  “It tastes like hot Miracle Whip!” he says in disgust.  But this certainly isn’t the first liquid I’ve watched squirt onto the stage this evening. That’s right, I had the privilege of attending Philly Sketchfest’s “Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia” competition.

Let’s go back, though, about an hour.  This audience is giddy.  We know the show is starting in about five minutes, and we cannot wait.  We have no idea what to expect.  Tales of seeing real vomit and human testicles at past competitions are circulating the seats, and all we know is that every sketch tonight will try to top those stories.  See, “Dirtiest Sketch” has become a staple of Philly Sketchfest over the last few years, developing a reputation for getting both grosser and funnier each time. Here we go.

House lights go down, stage lights go up, and we are welcomed to the show.  We explode with applause.  We’re ready.  The first bit is to warm us up; make sure our gross/funny bones are in good shape.  The hosts call two volunteers from the audience, who proceed to read a script transcribed from a pornographic film, line for line, including phonetic interpretations of every moan.  It’s brilliant.  The stilted dialogue can only be made more uncomfortable by the awkward readings from two audience members who had no idea what they were getting into.  The laughter is already rolling.

Our first sketch comes from Accelerate Into Oblivion.  Two groups of homeless people are feuding over a strip of land under I-95 that seems perfect for setting up camp, until one crustpunk goes into labor.  The two groups are reminded of how valuable life is, and decide to share the land.  The baby, of course, is dead, but the vagrants are already partying, so they (literally) toss it aside and become friends.  Gross. Riotously funny.  And this is only the beginning.

Next, pus shoots across the stage in Kids With Rickets’ sketch, as a doctor lances the boils caused by a man who has been wearing his zip-tie cock ring for a week straight. (“I got a little bit in my mouth!”)  Merilyn Jackson reads us a medieval curse, loosely based on the Lord’s Prayer, about clergymen molesting children. (“Our Father, who art on top of me…”)  Specific Jawns invites audience members to take part in a Rape/Murder Mystery Party. (The killer, we learn, is obsessed with young girls, genital mutilation, and the Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes.”) This night is going disgustingly well!

On comes High Dramma.  An amorous young couple is ready to sleep together for the first time, when the woman reveals that she’s got a strange sexual preference. She takes off her robe to reveal her parasitic twin, googly-eyed and growing out of her hip.  She insists that her date plays with it for her pleasure.  Desperate for some action, he reluctantly starts kissing it, licking it, and sticking fingers inside of it. (“There’s teeth everywhere,” she says, “you’ll get used to it.”)  And, as previously described, it squirts all over his face.  Delightful!  The applause, laughter, and appalled faces are all at their strongest yet!

The Feeko Brothers, reigning “Dirtiest Sketch” champs two years running, come out to close the set and do not dissapoint.  We’re taken to the old West, where two men exchange murderous threats and prepare to fight.  The sheriff pulls his hands out from his poncho to reveal two whole, defeathered ducks as fists.  The other, ready to kill the sheriff, reveals that his fists are actually two giant catfish.  The two men exchange dramatic dialogue while slapping themselves and each other with raw meat for a few minutes, until the sheriff emerges the victor.  Tragically disturbing.  Incredibly funny.

The lights go down, and the crowd goes nuts.  These performers have done their job, eclipsing past performances and turning gross-out into an art form.  We all vote for our favorites.  As we wait for the tally, we’re treated to another audience-read adult script.  Then, finally, High Dramma is announced as the winner!  We all cheer and try not to throw up!

Afterwards, I interviewed a very excited High Dramma.  The members present tonight are Jackie Wolfson, artistic director; D.C. Fisher, head writer; and the sketch’s two stars, Sarah Brown and Curt Riedy.

Pat Reber: First of all, how proud are all of you of yourselves?

All: Way too proud! Super proud!

D.C. Fisher: I just told Jackie that I am more proud than I was when I graduated college.

PR: Why were you interested in doing dirtiest sketch?

Jackie Wolfson: We did the dirtiest sketch last year, and we didn’t come in first, but we got a really good feel for how funny and how dirty it was. This year, since we’re doing the Sketchfest for the first time on Thursday at 8, we decided to enter again because we were already doing the festival. Why not do as much as we could?

Curt Riedy: We really try to go for broke as often as we can.  For our full shows, we try to give a nice balance of filthiness and good, clever, PG comedy every once in a while, too.  We never really get to go full, full nasty, and this is just a great opportunity to make that happen.

PR: That kind of answers my next question, but I’m going to ask it anyway.  How much of a stretch was this for you, as far as writing and performing goes?

CR: I think we just kind of let ourselves be more unhinged than we [usually] do.

JW: This is definitely further, what we did. [D.C., Curt, and I] sat around and tried to come up with an idea, and then Curt and I mostly wrote it, and then Sarah graciously stepped in to act in it with Curt, and D.C. was there to lend a hand…We really, honestly, haven’t done as much dirty, dirty stuff in a long time, so we kind of had to go back to a few years ago and think of what we think is dirty.  But still funny.

JW: That’s the line that we didn’t want to cross: going too far into dirty, and not being funny anymore.

CR: Sometimes, when you’re trying to go as filthy as possible, you try to just get the gross laughs instead of trying to mix a little bit of creativity in it.

DCF: You’re almost going for more of just a straight reaction when you go for the real gross stuff.  As opposed to “Hahaha, that’s funny,” it’s “Haha, that’s funny and gross!”  We always try to aim for, when we’re doing something like this, a really unique take on the grossness.

CR: An amalgamation, if you will.

JW: I do think that this year, though, the other groups did a really good job of finding that balance, too. The other ones were really funny.

CR: All around, it was a really solid evening.  Everyone just brought a great level of both gross-out and creativity.  The Feeko Brothers, I thought, killed it. I was dying the entire time that was happening.

JW: We want to win Miss Congeniality, too.

DCF: We were especially proud of ourselves for being able to beat them, the guys who had absolutely dominated the last two years with incredibly gross stuff. That is another level of our pride, that we managed to out-gross the Feeko Brothers, at least on this one night.

PR: What was the parasitic twin made out of?

JW: That prop was actually made by Matt Gussie, who is not in the group, but he’s very artistic.  It is styrofoam, molding clay, googly eyes, and very milky vanilla pudding.  And plastic, of course.

Passer-by: I don’t know what you’re talking about, but it sounds good!

High Dramma will be appearing at Philly Sketchfest on Thursday, November 15th at 8pm at Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia). They will also be at the Walking Fish Theater (2509 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia) from December 5th-8th. 

Pat Reber performs sketch comedy with the Win Show, and also has his hands in a constantly shifting menagerie of other projects.  He’ll be on twitter @patreberyeah and he think’s you’re nice.