If you’re looking for comedy this week in Philly Fringe Festival, allow me to recommend these shows (all of which open TONIGHT?!?!?!?!):

Queer Bait: Sterile @ Good Good Comedy TheatreI’ve recommended Rose Luardo and Shannon Fahey in this column before, and I’ll do it again doggone it! No one else is doing what they’re doing in Philly, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that holds true for the entire nation of America, truly the “fringiest” comedy show you’re going to be able to see this month.

Harrison: A Life In Transition @ Philly Improv Theater: I’ve seen Harrison perform drafts and variations of this show for maybe like a year now? I’m so excited to see what the final product looks like. Harrison’s never met a tangent or detail he couldn’t make feel absolutely essential to a larger whole, and I have no reason to suspect this show won’t be filled with delightful anecdotes and surprising punchlines.

Riot In Rittenhouse @ Philly Improv Theater: When I started doing sketch comedy in Philadelphia, Paul Triggiani was the guy. He was the dude. He still is, but I feel like newer people are unaware that Paul Triggiani was someone that people doing sketch regularly gravitated toward for a mountain of good reasons. The idea of him directing a Philly-themed sketch show is one of the most exciting prospects about this entire Fringe season for me, and I encourage y’all to check it out.

Party At DeeDee’s @ Philly Improv Theater: Y’all knew this was comin’. The thing I was doin’ instead of following through on this newsletter. I wrote and directed a play. I think it’d be really cool if people saw this thing. I’m scared they won’t and I’d really like them to. The royal “them” that is. As in, everyone. Please see my play. Please see my play. Pwease see my pway? Pwetty pwease? I’m a wittle baby and i wohked weal hawd on makin a big ol’ pway. I’m just a wittle baby and i wote and diwected a pway all on my own!!! Pwease see my pway!

I Am Proud To Have Presented This Newsletter About Sketch Comedy In Philadelphia, Are You Proud To Have Been Presented This Newsletter About Sketch Comedy In Philadelphia? I Will Now End The Newsletter With My Catchy And Signature Sign-Off: Long Live This Beautiful Stage Poetry, This Delightful Culmination Of The Mediums — A Classic Gesamtkunstwerk If Ever There Was One — That We Call Sketch Comedy, Or ‘Skits’ If Yer Godless. Death To Chandler From The Hit NBC Sitcom Friends as played by the coward Matthew Perry — who would later go on to play Gubernatorial candidate Mike Kristeva on The Good Wife And Later Reprise His Role On The Good Fight, Available On CBS All Access. And Everything In Between Of Those Two? Welp, My Compatriots — my dearest of companions, I’ll Have Y’all Know That That’s Just A Little Wild Little Thing That I Like To Call Livin’, Pard’ner! If You Don’t Call It That, Well That’s Your Prerogative Or Perhaps You Got Another Word In Another Language That Can Better Express The Specificity Of The Experience, Kinda Like “Schadenfruede” Or “Shouganai”, But I Would Say But For The Sake Of This Particular Conversation, Which Is Admittedly One-Sided By Nature, Let’s Call It Livin’. The Day-To-Day WhatNottery Of It All That Goes By While Yer Sippin’ On That KeroKero Cola as the TikTok of the Click-Clock goes by. We All Gotta Get Up Get Out, Like That Movie? And Get Goin’ For Something When The Rooster Releases Its Morning Cry, Truth Be Told. Whether It’s The Sunrise Or The SunSKETCH, Ain’t That Somethin’ You Find To Be True Even In This Day And Age? I Know I Sure Do, Friendo. And I DO Consider Ya A Friendo, Friendo. Well, I’ll Be In Tarnations — This Ol’ Frontier Isn’t Gonna Sow Its Own Seeds, Ain’t Ya Heard? There’s Gold Out West, But There’s Love In This Soil. After all’s, someone’s gotta make a first, second, or third impact on this land into something ‘fore the state gets to it, else we find ourselves one dust short of a hundred dogs. Say that prayer with me now before ya go —”I’ve done sketch, and Jesus loves me.” Well now, put on your Good Time Hat and Giddy Up Or Giddy Out My Way! #GoodWifeGoodLife 

– Jack O’Keeffe