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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!

And the Winners of the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy are…

BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN
Aaron Hertzog

BEST SKETCH GROUP
The Feeko Brothers

BEST IMPROV GROUP
Asteroid!

BEST STAND-UP BIT
First Guy in the World/Netflix (Aaron Hertzog)

BEST SKETCH
Mystery Science Andre 3000 (Camp Woods)

BEST MALE IMPROVISER
Luke Field

BEST FEMALE IMPROVISER
Jess Ross

BEST REGULAR SHOW
Camp Woods Plus

BEST SHORT RUN/ONE TIME SHOW
The Improvised B-Movie Double Feature (Asteroid!)

BEST PODCAST/WEB SERIES
Gettin’ Close with Mike Marbach

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIELD OF TWEETING
Mary Radzinski (@MaryRadzinski)

BEST OPEN MIC
Sketch Up or Shut Up

BEST NEW ACT
Davenger

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

“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!

Top 5 of 2012: Aaron Hertzog’s Five Favorite Sketches

As the year winds down, WitOut collects lists from comedy performers and fans of their favorite moments, comedians, groups, shows, etc. from the last year in Philly comedy. Top 5 of 2012 lists will run throughout December–if you’d like to write one, pitch us your list at contact@witout.net!

The Feeko Brothers – Two Doctors

The opening to Crotch the Throne, one of my favorite shows of the year, Two Doctors is an amazing sketch both in premise and execution. Watching the Feeko Brothers (Billy Bob Thompson and Christian Alsis) say the exact same thing at the exact same time (and discover that they say the exact same thing at the exact same time at the exact same time, and discover that they discover…you get it) for an entire sketch is pure joy. The two doctors ask each other fantastically detailed questions to find out how similar they actually are, and their answers are as unexpected as they are hilarious (“I don’t drive. It’s dangerous. I power walk everywhere.”) The sketch reaches its peak as the two sing together and try to harmonize their “all time favorite, trapped on a desert island forever with it” song; The Weight by The Band.

Camp Woods – Imposters

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Camp Woods created more comedy in Philadelphia than anyone else in the past year. They challenged themselves with a monthly show at L’etage at which they promised a brand new set every month, and they more than met their goals. With that much material created I could have done a list of just my Top Five Favorite Camp Woods sketches from 2012 – but I think I talk about them enough. Imposters was a great sketch about a mother (played by Billy Bob Thompson) who throws an 18th birthday party for her daughter (Madonna Marie Refugia) and hires an Austin Powers impersonator (Pat Foy) as entertainment. The sad man slowly realizes exactly how sad his life is as he tries to hit on the girl every time her mom leaves the room to get the cake (which she keeps forgetting because she’s “fucking stupid”). He finally realizes he is living his life in the past, as all of his choices in life have lead him to his fate as a “true impersonation” of the swingin’ sixties spy character. Depressing, but hilarious.

Camp Woods – Mystery Science Andre 3000

This sketch made its debut at The Theme Show. I’ll let it speak for itself.

Secret Pants – We’re You, From the Future

Secret Pants really kept peeling back the layers on this onion-of-a-sketch they performed at November’s Camp Woods Plus. The concept involved the Secret Pants of today travelling back into time to Meg and Rob’s Last Show to inform the Secret Pants of that day that it would not, in fact, be Meg and Rob’s last show. More visits from more versions of Secret Pants from more distant futures created a hilarious rapid fire back-and-forth between all of the groups that eventually lead to the discovery that even though Meg and Rob would not be gone forever Bryce would have to cry like they would, because the fate of all humanity depended on it. Thank you, Bryce, and thank you, Secret Pants.

ManiPedi – Suicide Gary

Suicide Gary is ManiPedi’s cautionary tale of a man (Briana Kelly) who, after failing to commit suicide, is left to hang under the bridge where he tried to end his life as a lesson for teens that life is worth living. It’s like an “it get’s better” campaign, only nothing ever does. A teacher (Aubrie Williams) leads a group of students (Kaitlyn Thompson, Shannon Brown, Madonna Marie Refugia)  to learn from Gary and ask him questions like “does it hurt” (it does) and “how do you eat” (sometimes a bird flies near his mouth). One of the more morbid students becomes infatuated with Gary’s situation while another antagonizes and bullies him into trying to once again live up to his nickname. Neck-snappingly funny.

Aaron Hertzog will always be a Philly comedian. No matter where he may or may not currently live. You can be his #friend on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

Ewwwww Grossssss – Photos from the 2012 Dirtiest Sketch Contest

Photographer: Peter Rambo

Animosity Pierre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Dramma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

“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.

The Feeko Brothers: The 1st Draft of the Star Spangled Banner

In honor of Independence Day, The Feeko Brothers have brought us this new video. Enjoy.

Video Round-up, Vol. 3

This Week’s Spotlight: The Feeko Brothers

Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the hilarical sketch group The Feeko Brothers! The Feeko Brothers are a comedy duo formed by Christian Alsis and Billy Bob Thompson. So I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might thoroughly enjoy!

 

1. Holiday Popcorn Tins. Guys Christmas is only 195 days away, so here is an uplifting commercial for “Elmer Pickaninny’s Holiday Popcorn Tins.” It gets better.

 

2. MOISTACHE. In this commercial, spokesman Ty Bradford tells the many wonders of MOISTACHE. Ty Bradford was the star of the classic 80’s sitcom, “The Growing Years.”  Jeez, I wish my Dad was as cool and smelled as good as Ty Bradford.

 

3. The More You Know PSA- Joseph Gordon Levitt. The More You Know PSA that you wish aired during the 90s.

 

Think The Feeko Brothers are excelente? Want to see more?! visit  http://www.thefeekobrothers.com/

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 46

Tonight, at Philly Improv Theater you can catch a night of back-to-back shows hosted by stand-up comedians James Hesky and Aaron Hertzog. At 9, you can catch The Monthly Hour with James Hesky this month’s guests include Doogie Horner and Mani Pedi. After that you can stick around (for free) to see stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody, hosted by Hertzog, featuring Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Juliet Hope Wayne and Sam Narisi.

Tomorrow night, Camp Woods Plus returns to L’etage (6th and Bainbridge) with a night of independent sketch comedy featuring We’re Matt Weir and The Judo Range. Camp Woods Plus is Philly’s only alternative sketch comedy showcase, featuring brand new material from Camp Woods each and every month. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 8:30.

A great week for sketch comedy in Philly continues Thursday and Friday with The Feeko Brothers and Mani Pedi at Philly Improv Theater. Thursday’s show begins at 9pm and Friday kicks off at 8:30. You can purchase tickets for the shows online.

The South Jersey Comedy Festival is currently looking for submissions for stand-up, sketch, and improv comedians. The three day festival will take place August 10-12 at Harper’s Pub in Clementon, NJ and will feature prizes for comedians and groups named best of the night. Submission information is available online.

This Friday, Eddie Pepitone returns to Philadelphia to perform at Underground Arts. “The Return of the Bitter Buddha” will feature Pepitone’s signature style described as “a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment.” Tickets are available online.