The second opening round of Troika was held Friday night at The Sideshow with the team of 3AM (Rob Baniewicz, Maggie Keegan, Jason Stockdale) moving on to the finals. The third and final opening round of Troika will be this Friday, March 23 at 9:00 at The Sideshow and will feature Chaperone (Frank Farrell, Meredith Weir, Steve Kleinedler) Virginia Clemm Sideburns (Cara Schmidt, Claire Halberstadt, Dennis Trafny) and Pickle (Jen Curcio, Mike Marbach, Scott Hinners).
The second annual March Madness Comedy Competition is in full swing, with the second round beginning last night at The Famous International Variety Show at Drinker’s West. Moving on to the third round from last night are: David Terruso, Rachel Bensen, Mike Logan and David Ray Ageykum. The contest continues at open mics throughout the week.
The first ever NYC Improv Fest will be taking place this week at The PIT in New York City and Philadelphia will be well represented. Performing at this year’s festival will be Iron Lung (Wed. 7pm Striker Theater), Mayor Karen (Wed. 7pm, PIT Underground), Hey Rube (Wed. 9pm, PIT Underground), King Friday (Sat. 5pm, Striker Theater), Michael Loves Greg (Sat. 6pm, Striker Theater), and Asteroid (Sat. 8pm, PIT Underground). Full schedule and ticket information are available online.
Center City Comedy has released another video in their Blitzkrieg Vodka series. The second commercial parody can be viewed online.
Following the popular internet meme format, some Philly comics wrote and produced this Sh!t Philly Fans Say (part 2) video. The video is written and directed by comedian Katie Kohler and features Philadelphia area comedians Chris Smith, Bob Marsdale and Sidney Gantt.
The second annual March Madness Comedy Competition kicked off last night at The Famous International Variety Show at Drinker’s West. Moving on to the second round of the competition are: David Ray Ageykum, Josh Guarino, David Primiano, Rachel Bensen, Erik Whitacre, John Deal, David Terruso, Mike Logan. The first round continues tonight at Laughs on Fairmount (The Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia).
Last Friday at The Sideshow this year’s Troika competition kicked off with a show pitting The Mother Truckers (Jessica Snow, Mandy Dollar, Sue Taney) against Rogue (Alan Williams, Corin Wells, Mike Butler) and WKKM Channel 17 Action News (Karen Coleman, Katherine Banford, Maureen Costello). The Mother Truckers emerged victorious moving on to compete for the 2012 Troika championship. Round two of Troika this Friday at The Sideshow will feature Operators Standing By (Bert Archer, Michael Hochman, Steve Cohen) 3/9 (Alli Soowal, BJ Ellis, Katie Monaco) and 3AM (Jason Stockdale, Maggy Keegan, Rob Baniewicz)
This Wednesday brings a pair of great independent comedy shows for you to enjoy. Camp Wood Plus returns to L’etage (624 S. 6th St.) and will feature Camp Woods along with Animosity Pierre and Pink Axe. Doogie Horner’s Ministry of Secret Jokes takes its’ usual spot at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom St.) and promises more of the same comedy, games, and ritual.
This Thursday at L’etage Comedian Deconstruction’s March Madness will feature improv groups Grimacchio and Nielsen performing sets based off the stand-up of Sidney Gantt and Pat Barker.
This Friday marks the premiere of a new regular show from Philly Improv Theater House Team Mayor Karen upstairs at Plays and Players Theater (1714 Delancey St.). The show will feature James Hesky, Medic and music from Friends with Murder. The show will cost $10 and proceeds will go to a Mayor Karen festival travel fund.
This weekend the Arts Parlor will host the first in The Sideshows series of one act plays. The Sideshow: Hidden in This Picture features the one act originally written in the late 80’s by screenwriter extraodinaire, Aaron Sorkin. It’s a single scene focusing on a first time director dealing with an egotistical writer a penny pinching producer, a dim witted assistant and an invasion of cows that arrived to ruin his oscar winning shot. The show stars Nathan Edmondson, Bert Archer, Matt Nelson and Daniel Jaquette and is directed by Mike Marbach. The show will play Friday February 24 at 10:30pm, Saturday February 25 at 8:30pm, and Sunday February 26 at 3:00pm.
Last week in a show at Temple University the team of comedians was chosen to represent the school in this year’s National College Comedy Competition. The first round of competition will be held at Helium Comedy Clubon Sunday, March 18 at 7:30pm and will showcase the Temple team facing off against a team of comics from Penn State. The comedians representing each school are Temple: Tyler Wolf, Alex Grubard, Matt Kase, Paul Kenton, Steve Lipman, Jordana Lipsitz, Tim Ryan, Chris Whitehair Penn State: Kyle Dodson, Bill Hood, Stephanie Wain, Sean Becker, Dave Porter, Tom Wong, Spencer Frank, Kevin Gallagher.
Last week, for his Newsmakers Podcast, comedian Luke Giordano sat down to interview his childhood hero George Lucas. To see how things turned out for Luke you can listen to the episode on his website Everything You Like is Stupid.
Last week comedian Ted Alexandro headlined at Helium Comedy Club. If you missed it, that’s a shame, because he’s great, but at least you can still read this interview with him from CityPaper.
Sign-ups for ComedySportz Philly’s spring classes have begun. The company is offering three levels of classes each at the early registration price of $179 (until March 7). You can sign up for classes online.
This Saturday, Comedians for a Cause will hold a Benefit Dustin Walls at Connie’s Ric Rac. The show will feature comedians Joe Mayo, Mike Rainey, James Hesky, Tommy Pope, Dave Terruso, and Eric Todd and all proceeds will go to the family of Dustin, a local friend to many comics who recently passed away after a fight with cancer. Donations can also be made via Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are multiple chances this week to get out and see some storytelling. On Tuesday Second Stories Presents: Dream Date (7:00pm, The Dive) will feature stories from Alanna Kennedy-Gorman, Alejandro Morales, Lia Brennan, Alex Gross, Hillary Rea, Larry Napolitano,and Jaime Fountaine. Wednesday’s Tell Me a Story: Yesterday (7:00pm, Shot Tower Coffee) will feature stories from Carolyn Busa, Martha Cooney, Jaime Fountaine, Alejandro Morales, Larry Napolitano, Dave Terruso, Becca Trabin, Todd Shaeffer.
This Wednesday Rooftop Comedy will come to Philadelphia’s Temple University to help pick the team of student comedians that will represent the Owls in this years’ National College Comedy Competition. The show will be at 8:00pm in The Owl Cove in Mitten Hall on Temple’s campus and will feature student comedians vying for a spot in the March 18th competition against Penn State at Helium Comedy Club.
On Friday, The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) will host The Sideshow: Powerballin’ . The show will feature improv sets from Asteroid! Beirdo and a Powerball Team, where PHIT Training Center students can put their name in a hat for a chance to be picked to perform with a few improv veterans.
Rittenhouse Comedy will host Kryptonite For Your Relationship this Tuesday night at Noche. The Valentine’s Day show will feature sets from Lisa Yost, Shanell Travis, Sarah M., Steve Miller-Miller, Mary Radzinski, Paul Easton, Alex Pearlman, Conrad Roth, Reggie Conquest and will be hosted by Jack Martin.
Center City Comedy recently released this promo video featuring Carolyn Busa, H. Foley, Tom Cassidy, Chris Cotton and Conrad Roth. The video promotes their website and a mysterious hotline. What happens when you call? Give it a try and let us know.
Philly Weekly is talking about us! Today’s music section has an article about WitOut, and the upcoming WitOut Awards. You can pick up a copy at PW boxes throughout the city or read the article online. We suggest both.
This weekend, Camp Woods and The Feeko Brothers are heading west for the Chicago Sketchfest. The groups will perform two sets each while visiting the windy city for the festival and will be sure to represent Philly as only they can. You can check out sketches from the groups on their websites.
The Philly Improv Theater is looking for interns. Students who are enrolled in a degree granting college or university program are eligible to apply for Winter/Spring (January through April), Summer (May through August) or Fall (Sepember through December) internship experiences with the Philly Improv Theater on an unpaid or college/university credit basis. Interested students can get more information online.
This Friday you can check out a pair of back-to-back shows in South Philly. At 8:00pm at The Arts Parlor is The Sideshow featuring improv from Kait & Andrew, Martha Cooney, and Town Hall. Then at 10:30 you can check out High Note Humor for stand-up from Doogie Horner, Tommy Pope, Anton Shuford, Aaron Hertzog and Kevin Hurley.
Saturday night will bring back the Laughs on Fairmount Showcase to The Urban Saloon. Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski have branched off their weekly open mic into a booked showcase featuring some of their favorite comedians. This month’s show will feature Chip Chantry, Aaron Hertzog, Jim Ginty, TJ Hurley and Mike Roberts.