Writes Mike Marbach on his website, “Two of the reasons I started Sideshow are now no longer relevant. The first is Beirdo has scattered to the ends of the Earth with occasional (and awesome) shows. The other is that starting later in January 2014 The Philly Improv Theater will have a permanent home at the Adrienne Theater with shows 52 weeks a year! So the need for The Sideshow to fill in the gaps of PHIT weeks will no longer be there and as [Philly Improv Theater's] Education Director I didn’t want to be running a “competing” effort. So, after some talks- The Sideshow is moving to PHIT starting January 23rd!” (You can read the full article at MikeMarbach.com).
Meanwhile, The Sideshow’s space and time will be filled at the Arts Parlor with a new showcase called The Brewery (visit the facebook event page here).
The Brewery will be run by a local improv group called Bill Parks, which is comprised of current PHIT students (Erin Coffey, Erica Paradisi, Adam Perkins, Sofya Piro, Stacy Sanseverino, Rajiv Sharma, Adam Steiger, Sean Sullivan, Joe Tuzzi) and directed by Alex J. Gross.
Members of Bill Parks told Marbach, “Our view of the show is that it will emulate a brewery in more than name alone. Experiment, collaborate and enjoy the results. In general, the show will be similar to the Sideshow. Established comedic talents and budding new acts will take to the stage, bringing a consistently great show to the Arts Parlor twice a month.”
The first Brewery will be on Friday, January 11th at 8pm.
The seventh annual Troika Tournament, presented by Figment Theater in partnership with The Sideshow came to a conclusion this Saturday with Law and Order: LOL (Alex Newman, Andrew Stanton, and Nicole Labrecque) taking home the title, along with a cash prize. The group performed a show with scenes and characters stylized after the popular television franchise including detectives, assistant district attorneys and CSI personnel.
The group bested efforts from Round One winners Improv Against Humanity (Alli Soowal, JP Boudwin, and Kevin Pettit) and Round Two champs Craft (Jason Grimley, Marc Reber, and Sue Jay)
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The Not Just Comedy Show brings its mix of stand-up, improv, and music to The Grape Room again this Tuesday for a show featuring performances by: Mikaela Hamje, Chris Wood, Scott Speegle, Dr. Tony, Bed Savage, and musical guest Rev. TJ McGlinchey.
Metro Comedy Live comes to Helium Comedy Club this Wednesday for an evening of stand-up comedy from Nema Williams, Ed Blaze, and Vince Barnett.
This Wednesday through Saturday ComedySportz Philly Presents: Friends of Alcatraz at The Playground at The Adrienne Theater. The improvised puppet show for grown-ups returns with a cast featuring Kelly Vrooman, Dave Jadico, Joe Sabatino, Rob Cutler, Caitlin Weigel and Rachel Whitworth.
This Thursday the Lawnboys Comedy Showcase comes to Puck in Doylestown for a show featuring stand-up comedy from Aaron Hertzog, Omar Scruggs, Tim Raymus, Fady Khalil, and Matt Lips.
Figment Theater’s bimonthly Vagabond Sessions is back this Thursday; this time at The Maas Building (1325 N. Randolph St.) The show will feature improv performances by: The Chain, Half-Life, The AD Showcase with Andrew Stober and Maggy Keegan, and The Table.
Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie will play this Thursday at The Keswick Theatre. After the feature the audience can participate in a question and answer session with Jay and Silent Bob themselves, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.
This Friday short-form improv group The N Crowd celebrates their eight-year anniversary with a show at RUBA Hall.
The Sideshow returns to The Arts Parlor this Friday to once again team up with Figment Theater for the third and final first-round match of in the annual Troika Tournament. This week will feature improv from teams comprised of: Cait O’Driscoll, Ryan Barlow, and Shannon Devido; Karen Coleman, Mike Butler, and Quinton Alexander; and Jason Grimley, Marc Reber, and Sue Jay.
ComedySportz The Blue Show returns this Friday night for the improv group’s monthly visit to a magical land where there are no penalties for being dirty.
The Captain Action Comedy Show returns to the Conshohocken Cafe this Saturday with a show hosted by Sidney Gantt and Dave Terruso featuring stand-up from: John McKeever, Ben Fidler, and Mike Logan.
The Troika Tournament comes to a conclusion this Saturday at The Sideshow when the three winners from the opening rounds battle in a head-to-head-to-head final round to determine the 2013 Troika champion.
Saturday is Jerzee’s Comedy Night at Jerzee’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria (2609 Mount Carmel Ave. Glenside, PA) with a show featuring: Pat Kelly, Dan Manhon, Darin Martinez, Lou Misiano, Bobby Lorello, Bryan Leichter, and Erik Whitcare.
The second Comedy is Liberty Weekend Show is this Saturday at Liberties Bar & Grill. This month’s show will feature comedy from Chip Chantry, Steven Bryan, and Alison Zeidman.
Gorged! returns to The Bean Cafe this Saturday night with a free stand-up show featuring: Aaron Hertzog, Jon DelCollo, Joe Bell, Nikki Black, and Rob Zawatski.
Baltimore’s Wham City Comedy Tour makes a stop in Philadelphia this Saturday at Goldilocks Gallery (723 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor). The show is described as “a two-hour cross-genre variety show, showcasing the very best from Baltimore’s award-winning artist collective and fabled party starters. Expect stand-up sets, videos, dramatic monologues, and ensemble sketches in a tightly-run, visionary performance.” Philly’s own The New Dreamz will also perform.
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Former Philly/current LA comedians Brendan Kennedy, Luke Giordano, and Mike Weinstein have started a new podcast, Remember Remember the Titans. The show says to be “the only podcast dedicated specifically to discussing the Disney high school football movie, Remember the Titans.” Actually, the guys tell stories, do bits, and have fun based on the topics, themes, and actors from the movie. In the first episode they are joined by former-former Philly comedian Aaron Hertzog.
Philly Improv Theater has announced the cast for their new Spring theatrical run, The Bat. The show runs from on Tuesday, April 30th through Sunday, May 19th. For a full schedule and tickets check the PHIT website show calendar or visit the TicketLeap page for the run.
This Tuesday Polygon Comedy returns to L’etage for their monthly variety show. This month, the show will feature stand-up from Christian Alsis, sketch from ManiPedi, musical improv from Interrobang, and music from Iliana Inocencio.
A Bunch of Improv at the Grape Room returns this Tuesday to The Grape Room in Manayunk.
The High Five Comedy Showcase debuts at Voltage this Wednesday. The show will be hosted by Jay West and will feature stand-up comedy from Aaron Hertzog, Dan Scully, Andre Johnson, Mikaela Hamje, and Joe Bell.
Stand-up/Improv show Comedian Deconstruction returns to L’etage this Thursday with a show featuring improv from Bed Savage and stand-up from Howard Algeo, Dave Temple, Geoff Jackson, Kerryn Feehan, and Frank Liotti.
The second round of Figment Theater’s Troika Tournament continues this Friday night at The Sideshow. The show will feature teams comprised of: Becca Trabin, Charles Rosen, Sean Landis; Alex Newman, Andrew Stanton, Nicole Labrecque; and Jim Burns, Maggy Keegan, Rachel Whitworth.
Something Witty at The Dive returns to the East Passyunk Ave. bar this Friday for a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Alex Pearlman.
Tongue & Groove’s “That Time” will play this Saturday and Sunday at The Kimmel Center. The show will ask the audience “If you could go back in time to any moment in your own life’s story, where would you go and why?” to inspire “a collage of improvised theater, dance, and music.”
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The new, monthly, Head of the Class Comedy Showcase debuts this Tuesday at Silk City. The show will be hosted by Oliver Yu and Mike Alloy and will feature stand-up from: Mikey Garcia, Bobby Lorello, Omar Scruggs, Jim Ginty, and Chris Cotton.
This Tuesday Helium Comedy Club will host an MTVU stand-up comedy showcase featuring comedy from area college students including: Seth Simons, Tyler Wolf, Chris Whitehair, Tim Ryan, Siraj Iqbal, Noah Goldstein, Jackie Koehn and Alex Grubard.
Alex Pearlman and Corey Cohen will host Always Remember, a night of comedy headlined by Dave Hill this Tuesday at Connie’s Ric Rac. Also performing on the show are: Ryan Shaner, TJ Hurley, and the Necrosexual.
Second Stories Presents: Temporary Madness this Tuesday at The Dive. The show will feature storytelling from: Alejandro Morales, Nicole Yates, Alanna Kennedy-Gorman, Larry Napolitano, and Vickie Fernandez
This Wednesday, Helium Comedy Club will host a stand-up showcase to audition local comedians to host at the club. Performing on the show are: Alex Grubard, Kevin Hurley, Joey Dougherty, Omar Scruggs, and Dave Temple.
The Sideshow returns to The Arts Parlor this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with their Musical Revue – a show featuring local improvisers and comedians performing songs around the theme of love.
Also this Thursday, Figment Theater’s roaming, bi-monthly Vagabond Sessions will make a stop at the Adrienne Theater’s Second Stage for a show featuring: Wisdom Teeth, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, the A.D. Showcase with Max Sittenfield and Maggy Keegan, and The Table.
This Friday Chris McDevitt, Benny Michaels, and Alex Magakis will perform at Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery (1830 West Point Pike, Landsdale PA) for The Laughing Barrell.
A second Sideshow on Saturday night will feature the first round of this year’s Troika tournament. The event features randomly drawn teams of three that each have a month to come up with a team name and style of play. Round One will feature teams comprised of: Chris Calletta, Erin Pitts, and Jessica Ross; Alex Gross, Dan Corkerey, and Joe Spampinato; and Alli Soowal, JP Boudwin, and Kevin Pettit.
McGilliCOMEDY At McGillicuddys debuts this Saturday at JD McGillicuddy’s in Manayunk. The show will be headlined by Sidney Gantt, featuring Dan Scully and Keane Cobb and hosted by Sylis P.
Comedy-Gasm! A Night of Multiple Climaxes is this Saturday upstairs at The Irish Pol. The show will feature performances by: Rachel Fogletto, Walter, Brandon Gorin, Elise Thompson-Hohl, L.U.M.P., and Alejandro Morales.
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Submissions for the 2013 F. Harold Comedy Festival open today. This year’s festival will feature a mix of improv, sketch, stand-up, and storytelling, and will take place from June 11-16 in Studio 5 at the Walnut St. Theater.
This Tuesday Polygon Comedy returns to L’etage with a show featuring stand-up from Brad Lofton, Mike Logan, and Chris Hayes; improv from Kelly & Joe; and musical improv from Interrobang?! Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00.
Musical comedian Stephen Lynch will bring his brand of guitar-song humor to the TLA this Wednesday.
The Sideshow Presents: Freaky Friday this week with a show featuring comedians stepping out of their comfort zones to perform a style of comedy for the first time. The show will feature sketch and improv performers making their stand-up debut, and stand-up and sketch comedians performing improv for the very first time. The entire show is also a fundraiser for the National MS Society. More information and the entire line-up can be found on the Facebook event page.
This Friday, Philadelphia’s own David Brenner will perform at the Sellersville Theater (24 W. Temple Ave. Sellersville, PA). The show begins at 8:00pm and tickets can be purchased online.
Also this Friday stand-up showcase Nervous Breakdown will come to PhilaMOCA with a night featuring comedy from Tommy Pope, Ryan Shaner, Chris Wood, Brandon Gorin, Ryan Crawford, David Piccolomini, and Steve Miller-Miller. The show begins at 8:00pm and tickets cost $10.
Something Witty at the Dive returns this Friday with a stand-up showcase featuring: TJ Hurley, Caitlin Feeney, Joe Murdoch, Dave Terruso, and some out-of-town comedians from Baltimore and New York.
In case you haven’t seen it – the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com wrote this article on Philadelphia’s “burgeoning comedy scene.” Check it out for quotes from Todd Glass, Doogie Horner, BJ Ellis, and WitOut’s own Alison Zeidman.
Performer submissions are open now through Sunday, March 3 for the annual Troika tournament. Interested performers should email their name, contact information and list of current and past performance groups to email@example.com. Performers will be placed in groups of three and will have one month to come up with their group’s name and performance style. The tournament will be held at The Sideshow with preliminary rounds taking place on April 13, 19, and 26 with the championship round on Saturday, April 27.
Submissions are now open for High Note Humor’s South Jersey Stand-up Championship – which will be held at The Taproom Grill (427 W Crystal Lake Drive Haddonfield, NJ). Three comics from each preliminary round (April 4, 11, 18) will advance to the finals on April 26 for a chance to win cash prizes, future paid work, and a championship belt! Interested comedians can sign up by sending their name, comedy experience, and availability for the preliminary rounds to HighNoteHumor@gmail.com by the deadline of March 12.
Luke Giordano wrote this piece on the importance of failure for his site Everything You Like is Stupid. Luke has recently switched the format of the site from a humor page to one where he writes essays on his ideas, process, and other thoughts behind writing and comedy. As someone who also likes to think a lot about the process or writing and creating comedy I can say that it is worth checking out.
Due to a fire in the Valley Forge Beef and Ale, all shows at Chuckles Comedy Club have been put on hold. We will update you on any news about the venue as soon as more information is available.
Philly Improv Theater will host the first of a two-week-run of shows at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) this week. You can see their full schedule online to check out all the improv, sketch, panel, and variety shows PHIT has to offer.
The Not Just Comedy Show returns to the Grape Room (105 Grape St. Manayunk) this Tuesday with a show featuring stand-up from Dan King, Tommy Highland, Darryl Charles, Danelle Lamar, Dan Mahon, Pat Kelly, and Dr. Tony; improv from Bed Savage; and music from Borrowed Instrument. Doors open at 7:30 and the show beings at 8:00.
Philly’s own Todd Glass will be headlining at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) this week with shows from Wednesday to Saturday. Also performing on the show will be comedians Chip Chantry and Blake Wexler.
This Wednesday Tight Six presents: Not Jazz 3 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) This month’s show will feature comedy from John McKeever, Alex Pearlman, Omar Scruggs, Jon DelCollo, Caitlyn Feeney, Chris O’Conner, and promisses to have a secret special guest.
The Taproom Sports Bar & Grill (15 S Morton Ave Morton, PA) will host their second Totally Free Comedy Night this Thursday with a show featuring performances from James Hesky, Tommy Pope, Darryl Charles, Chris Dolan, Jake Mattera, and Michael Brooks.
Mike Rainey will be hosting a party and comedy show to celebrate the release of his book Terrible Advice this Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) The night will feature comedy from Sean Clay, Joe Mayo, James Hesky, Tim Butterly, Tommy Pope, and more! Mike will be selling and signing copies of his book for $10.
Sketch group Comic Energy will be performing a show this Friday at The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The group will put on two performances at 8:00 and 10:00, with a ticket price of $5 for any of their friends on Facebook.
This Sunday Eddie Brill Presents the Great American Comedy Audition Showcase at Helium Comedy Club. The show will be headlined by Brill and will feature performances from: Doogie Horner, Dave Terruso, Jim Ginty, Andy Nolan, Darryl Charles, Chip Chantry, Mary Radzinski, Roger Weaver, John McKeever, Pat Barker, Tommy Pope and James Hesky. Tickets can be purchased online.
A Bunch of Improv at The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) will celebrate their one-year anniversary at the Manayunk venue this Tuesday with a show featuring improv from Deleted Scenes, Rosen & Milkshake, Bed Savage, and Cock Hat. The show will be hosted by Ryan Carey and will also feature a new installment of Web Cereal, their monthly sketch comedy video.
This Thursday Comedian Deconstruction returns to L’etage (624 South 6th St.) for their “Couples Therapy” show featuring stand-up from Chip Chantry, Chris Rich, Alison Zeidman, and Joe Bell with improv from Bed Savage and Cake Bear.
This Friday Grammy-award-winning comedian Lewis Black will bring his Running on Empty tour to the Academy of Music for a one-night-only performance. The comedian is known for his “unfiltered and frank rants about the absurdity of politics and the world around us”. Tickets can be purchased online.
We Can All Change, a new monthly show from hosts Dan Scully, Mike Logan, Setoiyo, and David Piccolomini at O’Neals Pub (611 S. 3rd St.) will debut this Friday with a show featuring performances from Jared Rosado, Elise Thompson-Hohl, Lou Misiano, and Pat Barker.
The Tough Stuff Comedy Show will also debut this Friday at Headhouse (122 Lombard St.) The show will feature stand-up performances from Alex Grubard, Mary Radzinski, John Nunn, and H. Foley. After their sets, the comedians will sit down with hosts Sidney Gantt and Kevin Ryan, where they will share “their most embarrassing and crazy stories.” Tickets are available online.
ComedySportz Philadelphia presents: BeatBox Philly this Friday at The Playground at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The show will feature some of your favorite members of the ComedySportz Philadelphia team performing a mix of improvised scenes and freestyle raps. Tickets can be purchased online.
This Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) The Sideshow presents: The 2013 Oscars Improv Jam. For the third straight year comedians from around Philadelphia will get dressed up and enjoy a night of improv, parody videos, food, and BYOB drinking. Following the jam there will also be a showing of film sensation The Room.
The Captain Action Comedy Show is this Saturday at the Conshohocken Cafe (521 Fayette St. Conshohocken). This month’s show will feature performances by Anton Shuford, Michael Donovan, and Elise Thompson-Hohl with a Captain Action Comedy Quiz Show and more from co-hosts Sidney Gantt and Dave Terruso.
Comedy Corner at Broad Axe Tavern (901 W. Butler Pike, Ambler, PA) will feature stand-up from Andy Nolan, Jim Ginty, and Alex Pearlman with guest sets from Chris Dolan, Caitlyn Feeney, and Dave Topor. Tickets can be purchased online.
This Sunday Chase N’ Laughs presents: A Night of Comedy at Jollie’s Live (822 N. Broad St.) The show will feature stand-up from Miles Green (BET’s Comic View) and Philly’s own Craig McLaren. More information can be found online.
Submissions for the 15th Annual Del Close Marathon are now open. The improv festival will take place June 28-30 on multiple stages throughout New York City. The marathon is known for bringing improvisers from around the country together for a few days of performances ranging from traditional improv institutions to crazy, late-night shows. The deadline to submit is April 2.
The early application deadline for this year’s Duofest, to be held right here in Philadelphia from June 6-9, is this Friday, February 22. Interested improv duos will have until then to take advantage of the lower application fee of $22. The final deadline to submit is March 2 (at a price of $32). More information can be found online.
Philly Improv Theater is currently holding sign-ups for auditions to add three new improv teams to their roster. One team, directed by Ralph Andracchio, will be cast as a PHIT House Team and will perform on Saturday nights at the theater. The other two teams, directed by Rob Gentile and Alex Newman will be PHIT’s first Harold Teams, and will perform on Tuesday nights. Auditions will be held March 9-10 and to secure an audition you can email your name, phone number, a preferred audition time, and details of your past improv training (if you have not completed PHIT’s Improv 201) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape May Comedy Festival is now taking submission for their stand-up comedy contest taking place July 26-28. The contest will accept 96 comedians to compete in 12 preliminary rounds where a panel of judges will decide which ten move on to the semi-finals. From there, judges will choose the final three to compete for the first prize package which includes $5,000, a website, head shots, and work at area clubs. More information can be found online.
Recently Conan aired their “Occupy Conan” episode, featuring fans and celebrity guests recreating their favorite bits from the show. A clip from local comedians Curt Riedy (of sketch group High Dramma) and Todd Schaeffer was featured during the broadcast. You can see the entire episode online (their bit appears at the 17:30 mark). You can also check out some of their submissions that didn’t make the air online.
This Tuesday Second Stories Presents: Love is a Battlefield at The Dive (947 E. Passyunk). The free show starts at 7:00pm and will features stories about victory and defeat from Alanna Kennedy-Gorman, Hillary Rea, Valerie DiMambro, Vickie Fernandez, and more.
Polygon Comedy’s Lincoln’s Presidential Mardi Gras Masquerade is also Tuesday at L’etage (624 S. 6th St.). The show will feature performances by stand-ups Alison Zeidman and Chris Illuminati ; improv groups Self-Esteem Motivators, Jen and Karen, and Hot Dish; and sketch from Calletta & McGrail.
Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) is this Tuesday. The monthly show will feature performances from: Deleted Scenes, Bad James, Cock Hat, Kait and Andrew and Brianna, Dennis, Alex, Rob, Stills, and Nash, Sleepwalker, House-Broken, and Kid Twist. Doors open at 8:00pm and the show starts at 9:00.
This Friday The Sideshow: Not for Nuthin’ will be at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.). The show will feature stand-up from Alejandro Morales; improv from Nielsen and Hot Dog; and the Not for Nuthin’ Podcast featuring hosts Mike Rainey and Tim Butterly.
Something Witty at The Dive (947 E. Passyunk) returns this Friday at 9:00pm for a free stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Alex Pearlman and featuring comedy from Alison Zeidman, Steve Miller Miller, NA Poe, Jess Carpenter, TJ Hurley, and more.
This Saturday Polygon Comedy premieres a new monthly variety show at The Raven Lounge (1718 Sansom St.). The show will begin at 7:00pm and admission is $5. The show will continue on the third Saturday of every month.