CAGEMATCH: 8/2 Champs vs. The Dream Machine

Description: CAGEMATCH is competitive improv: two teams enter and perform, the audience votes, then a single team earns the right to remain. Hosted by Ian Vaflor, Philly's CAGEMATCH is also notable for the ridiculous Double-Dare style challenges each team is subjected to weekly in order to decide who performs first and second on each show.

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Time:  10:00PM - 11:00PM

Admission: Free (with 9pm show) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


The Judo Range + American Breakfast

Description: Come see The Judo Range & American Breakfast in a first for PHIT - a collaboratively written sketch show!

Style: Sketch Comedy

Date: Friday, August 10, 2012

Time:  8:30PM - 9:30PM

Admission: $10 at the door $8 in advance

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


The Theme Show presents "Ancient Civilizations"

Description: This month's Theme Show tackles ancient civilizations: The Greeks, Romans, Eygptians, Atlantis, and more!

Style: Variety Comedy

Date: Friday, August 10, 2012

Time:  10:00PM - 11:00PM

Admission: $10 (advance) $12 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


The Judo Range + American Breakfast

Description: Come see sketch comedy from The Judo Range & American Breakfast as they work together to create a single show - a first in collaboration on PHIT's stage!

Style: Sketch Comedy

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Time:  9:00PM - 10:00PM

Admission: $10 at the door $8 in advance

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


Podcast Pickins with Intern Lisa

This week's podcast is The Champs!

The Champs podcast consists of  Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle's Show and stand-up comedian), Moshe Kasher (author of "Kasher in the Rye" and stand-up comedian), and DJ Douggpound. The episodes, which primarily feature African American guests, consist of Doug dropping sound effects and beats while Neal and Moshe host the show/interview. Guests of the show have ranged from actor/comedians Wayne Brady to David Alan Grier.

What makes this podcast special is that The Champs is completely honest and ready to talk about things that would make most people feel incredibly awkward or uncomfortable. The chemistry between Moshe, Neal, and Doug is undeniably funny and makes for some good podcast listenin.

 

 

My top 5 The Champs Pickins

5. Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress is most commonly known as the modern, black Mitch Hedburg. So its no surprise that this episode is full of hilarious and interesting anecdotes such as Hannibal's small writing stint on 30 Rock and SNL, starting stand-up, and living forever. Perhaps the best moment is Hannibal and Moshe's story of becoming, as they call it, "eskimo brothers." Great interview with an awesome, up-and-coming comic.

4. Roy Wood Jr.

I've never been in a boy's locker room but I imagine it's a lot like this episode but without the actual body odor and the naked part. Perhaps the biggest and most notable topic in this episode is, well whatdoyouknow, women. Whether you think their views are disgusting or agree with what their saying, it is undeniable that some of their female related stories are ridiculously funny (i.e. Neal was once accused of drugging a woman in Las Vegas).

3. Retta

The 1st non-adult film actress on the podcast, the Champs and Retta discuss interesting and polarizing comedic issues such as the Adam Carolla controversy and getting started in stand-up as a woman. Although I disagree with Neal Brennan's views, I love hearing a constructive debate, where people can share their opinions without being dicks.

2. Ron Funches

Ron Funches is perhaps the most adorable, soft spoken comedian I have ever heard.  Ron's fascinating background allows for some hilarious and kind of scary stories such as poisoning his mother’s boyfriend when he was a kid. Although the stories are as funny as alarming, the guys also talk about the Tosh controversy and kindness in comedy. Once again, the Champs strike a fine line between  being dirty and uncensored, to talking about real and serious issues.

1. Questlove

I love when I hear a guest be an actual fan. It makes me feel not alone, or dreams are possible! Okay, maybe not the last part, but still, it's pretty cool. Questlove proves to be an awesome guest by not holding back, and sharing some "inside the music" stories such as his beef with Biggie, the Michelle Bachmann scandal, and his friendship with Jay-Z. Also Doug's drops make this episode worth listening to twice.

If you want to listen to more, please visit their website!


Video Round-up, Vol. 6

This Week’s Spotlight: ANIMOSITY PIERRE

 

 

Hey there! I'm back with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the hilarious ANIMOSITY PIERRE. ANIMOSITY PIERRE is a sketch comedy duo that is one part  Matt, one part Scott, and one part Dave. I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might thoroughly enjoy or hate, but I think mostly enjoy!

 

1. THE AP EXPERIMENT: Volume 20. Dave shows Diane and Rick his new invention.

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2. THE AP EXPERIMENT: Volume 11. Ughh, a good allergy joke is so hard to come by, but this one's pretty hilarical.

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3. THE AP EXPERIMENT: Volume 15. Listen to the directors give all access commentary on Volume 2! Love the commentary but still waiting on that blooper/gag reel. I mean come on guys, when they get the giggles, it's pretty hilarious.

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Hey Everybody!

Description: Hosted by Aaron Hertzog, Hey Everybody is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring sets from some of the best comedians in Philadelphia.

Style: Stand-up Comedy

Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Time: 10:00PM - 11:00PM

Admission: Free (with 9pm show) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


The Lotto

Description: The Lotto is every PHIT Training Center student's dream: a chance to perform on PHIT's stage during an evening show alongside members of the PHIT House Teams. Any current student or former improv student whose last class finished in the past 12 months is eligible to put their name onto the list for the chance and selected students are notified the week before the show that they have been selected.

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Tue, Jul 31, 2012

Time: 7:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Admission: $8 (advance) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here