Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Stand-up Bit

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 Stand-up Bit are:

Baby Driving (Doogie Horner)

First Guy in the World/Netflix (Aaron Hertzog)

Wedding Planning (Pat Barker)

Left Handed (Dan Scully)

Tycho Brahe (Alex Pearlman)


Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best New Act

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 New Act are:

Davenger
A mix of improv veterans and fresh faces, Philly Improv Theater House Team Davenger likes its improv lean and gamey. Performing the classic Harold format, they attack the stage with emotion, intellect, and a strong sense of mischief.

Director:
Maggy Keegan

Cast:
Dan Corkery
Hilary Kissinger
Nicholas Mirra
Alex Newman
Cait O’Driscoll
Kevin Pettit
Jessica Snow
Max Sittenfield
Brian Rumble

Hot Dish
Hot Dish features well-seasoned performers eager to satisfy audiences who hunger for funny, intelligent, ensemble-based improv comedy. Sometimes spicy, sometimes rich and indulgent, always comedically delicious.

Director:
Steve Kleinedler

Cast:
Chris Calletta
Corin Wells
Emily Davis
Jim Burns
Martha Cooney
Maureen Costello
Sue Jahani

The Flat Earth

Gathering talent from the improv, sketch, stand-up and theater worlds, The Flat Earth debuted in 2012 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

American Breakfast

American Breakfast debuted at Sketch Up or Shut Up in February 2012. Between then and now, they performed irregularly at the Theme Show and were invited to perform at ManiParty, at Camp Woods Plus and at the Shubin Theater. The name reflects their love of this country and its morning-specific food items. They are Sean Landis, Eric Steele, Peter Rambo and Nora Redman.

Cast:
Peter Rambo
Sean Landis
Eric Steele
Nora Redman

Daring Daulton

Daring Daulton is a sketch duo who have been performing in Philadelphia since March of 2012. Both members have a background in film and screenwriting, drawing influences from filmmakers like the Coen brothers, PT Anderson and sketch shows like the Kids in the Hall and Mr. Show. As such, Daring Daulton's largely character-driven sketches can best be identified by their dark subject matter, absurdist elements and meticulous dialogue.

Cast:
Trevor Cunnion
Joe Paolucci


Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Short Run/One-Time Show

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 Short Run/One-Time Show are:

The Improvised B-Movie Double Feature (Asteroid!)
This fully improvised show celebrated the fun of the low-budget sci-fi/horror films from the golden age of Hollywood. The cast of Asteroid! performed not one, but two fully improvised B-movies, each based on a single audience suggestion with low-budget staples like aliens, monsters, Soviets, and mad scientists.

Fringe Festival Sketch Revue (The Flat Earth)
Philly Improv Theater’s first-ever sketch comedy revue featured The Flat Earth, some of the theater’s top writing talent and a cast of local comedians. The show brought audiences a darkly comic yet strangely sweet take on everything from the obvious targets to the bizarre tangents in everyday life.

ProMania 2K12 (PHIT Fringe Festival)
ProMania 2K12 was a sport-stravagant celebration of the larger-than-life spectacle that is professional wrestling (with only some of the wrestling). Philly comedians paid homage to the flashy trash talking promos, slick video packages, and bitter rivalries of the squared circle.

Myths & Monsters (PHIT Fringe Festival)
Myths & Monsters was an hour-long improvised hero’s adventure following a basic structure parsed by Joseph Campbell. A team of actors moved and breathed in tandem to depict monstrous beasts and terrifying deities encountered during a spontaneously created theatrical tale of trials and transformation of a lone hero. Directed by Philadelphia actor and improviser Nick Gillette.

The David Lynch Show (Camp Woods and Secret Pants)
Camp Woods and Secret Pants presented a special David Lynch themed sketch show lampooning the work of quirky film director David Lynch.


Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Stand-up Comedian

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 Stand-up Comedian are:
Aaron Hertzog
Chip Chantry
James Hesky
Doogie Horner
Darryl Charles

Doogie Horner on James Hesky:
"James Grammond is hilarious. I can't think of a funnier James in Philadelphia! Just kidding.

One time James Hesky and I went to the driving range. Fifty percent of my drives sliced right so hard that they landed in the creek next to the range, but James didn't laugh at me once, not even later that night when I was on stage telling jokes."

Aaron Hertzog on Chip Chantry:
"When I started doing stand-up in Philly a little over six years ago Chip Chantry was one of the comedians I most wanted to impress. When I heard him laugh at my jokes from the back of the room at an open mic, or he said something nice to me about one of my jokes it really meant a lot because I looked up to him so much. Years later my respect and admiration for Chip have only grown as I've learned more about what goes into doing comedy. Chip is constantly writing and creating new, great material. His work ethic is something every comic should try to emulate. He's been one of the top comics in Philly for years, and plays clubs and venues all over the country and is not content to rest on his laurels. Chip can also play any type of room. He's got material that will kill in a room full of young, city hipsters and he can wow a crowd of older suburban 'normal people'. No matter what type of show you are putting on, you can be safe booking Chip and know he will do a fantastic job. He can write topical jokes, material about his personal life, crazy off-the-wall stuff, tell a fantastic story, and can write the heck out of a sketch. Any time I need help with a writing project I know I can count on Chip, because not only is he a great comedian and writer, he's also a great friend."

Darryl Charles on Doogie Horner:
"Doogie is awesome, and funny. He can effortlessly switch from short one-liners to long and interweaving stories while keeping his trademark wit and mannerisms intact. That's good, and hard to do. I like him a bunch, and I'm a fan of his writing too. If anyone was going to win this but me, I'd want it to be Doogie. Sadly, it won't be. But I'm happy he was nominated."

Chip Chantry on Darryl Charles:
"Most comedians are like vodka—they'll get you drunk, sometimes they're hard to swallow, and you can see right through them. But you pretty much know what you're getting.

Darryl Charles, on the other hand, is like Pinnacle Vodka—there are many different varieties of Darryl. It's no secret that Darryl is perhaps the most versatile performer in Philadelphia. Because from night to night (and many times set to set) Darryl plays a variety of hilarious roles in the Philadelphia comedy scene. Whether he's doing stand-up, performing improv with ComedySportz or Hatespeech Committee, doing the Cheapodcast and The Monthly Hour with James Hesky, or making videos with those jerks at Bird Text, the only consistent thing about Darryl Charles is that he's always funny.

And he's also sweet.

And he loves Butterscotch Vodka."

James Hesky on Aaron Hertzog:
"Aaron Hertzog used to be quite overweight, then he lost 200 pounds.  But you know what he didn't lose?  His sense of humor.  And also whatever sadness is buried deep within his soul that makes him have to perform stand-up comedy.  That's definitely still there.

Aside from stand-up, Aaron is also part of Hey Rube, Hate Speech Committee and the Holding Court Podcast.  Or at least he was until he left Philadelphia to live in L.A. so he could pursue his dream of never having to be more than 40 feet away from Luke Giordano."

Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Improv 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 Improv Group are:

Davenger
A mix of improv veterans and fresh faces, Philly Improv Theater House Team Davenger likes its improv lean and gamey. Performing the classic Harold format, they attack the stage with emotion, intellect, and a strong sense of mischief.

Director:
Maggy Keegan

Cast:
Dan Corkery
Hilary Kissinger
Nicholas Mirra
Alex Newman
Cait O’Driscoll
Kevin Pettit
Jessica Snow
Max Sittenfield
Brian Rumble

The Amie & Kristen Show/Kristen & Amie Show
Best friends, total babes, and improvisers Amie Roe and Kristen Schier perform an organic and fluid improv comedy show that’s been featured in theater festivals throughout the United States and Canada (eh!). These West Philadelphia natives deliver improvised comedy that is part best girlfriend, part social commentary, and mostly id.

Cast:
Kristen Schier
Amie Roe

Asteroid!
Asteroid! are the nerdy-sexy Philly Improv Theater House Team who perform the grand-daddy of all improv forms: The Harold. Aided by their great hair, pop-culture references, and excellent fashion sense, they create aerobic, quick-paced shows where you're all but guaranteed to see a funeral--or at least a death--and one terrible celebrity impression.

Director:
Mike Marbach

Cast:
Bert Archer
Luke Field
AJ Horan
Brent Knobloch
Lora Magaldi
Jessica Ross
Aaron Unice
Caitlin Weigel

Kait & Andrew
Kait and Andrew have been performing improv comedy together as a duo since the first Duofest in 2010, when they performed a premise-based show called Mr. and Mrs. After discovering how well they worked together, they decided to carry on as a two-person team under the much simpler, way less imaganative moniker, Kait & Andrew.

Cast:
Kaitlin Thompson
Andrew Stanton

Hey Rube
Hey Rube is a PHIT House Team. They take one word from the audience as inspiration for a flurry of improvised craziness. Formed in 2011, Hey Rube appeared in the NYC Improv Festival and 2012 Del Close Marathon, was a Philadelphia Weekly Pick, and won last year's WitOut Award for Best New Group.

Director:
Matt Holmes

Cast:
Aaron Hertzog
Alex Gross
Dennis Trafny
Jen Curcio
Lizzie Spellman
Mark Leopold
Rob Cutler
Tara Demmy


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 68

Last week comedian Doogie Horner wrote about being asked to perform stand-up at a holiday party, and then followed up his first post with a story about his experience.

This Wednesday Accidents Will Happen will begin their run as a weekly show at Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave). This week's show will be entirely an open mic. You can sign up for the mic at 8:30pm the night of the show or via email to accidentscomedy@gmail.com

This Saturday Rookie Card at the Raven Lounge will return for their Farewell 2012 show. The show will be hosted by stand-up comic Dan Scully and feature improv sets from PHIT House Team Hot Dish and duo Steve Rogers is Dead.

It was recently announced that Todd Barry will bring his Crowd Work Tour to Philadelphia early next year when he will perform at The Urban Saloon on Sunday, January 20th. As the name suggests Barry's performance on the show will be completely crowd interaction instead of his usual written material. You can find more information on Facebook.

Billy Bob Thompson (The Feeko Brothers, Camp Woods, Hate Speech Committee, formerly of ZaoGao) has been chosen by the Peoples Improv Theater in New York as a recipient of their Improv Your Life Scholarship, granting him a full ride to their level one through five improv courses. Congrats, Billy.

This Wednesday Tight Six expands from their weekly open mic to present Not Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) a show featuring "a mix of stand-up, music (not jazz), fun, not jazz, games, and other spontaneous insanity." The show will feature comedy from Doogie Horner, Juliet Hope Wayne, Alex Grubard, Jim Ginty, Sidney Gantt, and Robert X.

Comedian and storyteller Juliet Hope Wayne has been nominated for the 2012 Philebrity Award for General Fabulousness. The Philebrity awards are determined by online poll that will be open until Wednesday, December 19 at noon.

While we're on the topic of awards shows; the nominations for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy have been announced. Online voting is open to comedians and the general public from now until December 21. Tickets to the show and after-party will be on sale online via World Cafe Live.

If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning – send it our way with an email to contact@witout.net


The Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy Are...

BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN
Aaron Hertzog
Chip Chantry
James Hesky
Doogie Horner
Darryl Charles

BEST SKETCH GROUP
The Feeko Brothers
Camp Woods
ManiPedi
Secret Pants
The Flat Earth

BEST IMPROV GROUP
Davenger
The Amie & Kristen Show/ Kristen & Amie Show
Asteroid!
Kait & Andrew
Hey Rube

BEST STAND-UP BIT
Baby Driving (Doogie Horner)
First Guy in the World/ Netflix (Aaron Hertzog)
Wedding Planning (Pat Barker)
Left Handed (Dan Scully)
Tycho Brahe (Alex Pearlman)

BEST SKETCH
The Outlier (Camp Woods)
The Return of Pat Burrell (Bird Text)
Rollersketch Presents "Johnny Fifties" (Secret Pants)
Mystery Science Andre 3000 (Camp Woods)
The Incredible Imbroglione (Secret Pants)

BEST MALE IMPROVISER
Luke Field
Andrew Stanton
Dennis Trafny
Alex Newman
Darryl Charles

BEST FEMALE IMPROVISER
Jess Ross
Kristen Schier
Emily Davis
Maggy Keegan
Amie Roe

BEST REGULAR SHOW
Camp Woods Plus
The Theme Show
Reasonable Discourse With Jerks
The Monthly Hour with James Hesky
Guilty Pleasures

BEST SHORT RUN/ONE TIME SHOW
The Improvised B-Movie Double Feature (Asteroid!)
Fringe Festival Sketch Revue (The Flat Earth)
ProMania 2K12 (PHIT Fringe Festival)
Myths & Monsters (PHIT Fringe Festival)
The David Lynch Show (Camp Woods and Secret Pants)

BEST PODCAST/WEB SERIES
CheaPodcast
Gettin' Close with Mike Marbach
Podcheese
Super Crappy Funtime
Bob & Dave are Terrible People

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIELD OF TWEETING
Chip Chantry (@ChipChantry)
Jim Grammond (@jgrammond)
Mary Radzinski (@MaryRadzinski)
John Kensil (@johnkensil)
Christian Alsis (@christianalsis)

BEST OPEN MIC
Laughs on Fairmount
Sketch Up or Shut Up
Center City Comedy
Tight Six
Accidents Will Happen

BEST NEW ACT
Davenger
Hot Dish
Daring Daulton
The Flat Earth
American Breakfast

Voting is open now until December 21 to comedy performers and the general public (so promote away, comedians, tell your friends to visit WitOut!) Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!

Tickets to the show and after-party will be on sale online via World Cafe Live. All tickets include free admission to the after-party and one free Narragansett beer.


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 66

In case you missed it, sketch group ManiPedi was featured as the cover story for last week's Philadelphia Weekly. Pick up a copy while they are still in newsstands around the city and read the article online.

Tonight begins another run of shows at Philly Improv Theater (at The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia). Their run kicks off at 9pm tonight with The Monthly Hour with James Hesky and following it will be the final edition of Aaron Hertzog's stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody, with shows continuing for the next two weeks. You can find their full schedule and purchase tickets online.

A new open mic will begin this Thursday night at Roosevelt's Pub (2220 Walnut St. Philadelphia). The new open mic promises that it takes place in a private room at Roosevelt's with a real stage, no loud TVs and drink specials every week! Sign ups begin at 7:30 with the mic starting at 8.

The next Camp Woods Plus at L'etage (624 S. 6th St.) will be next Thursday, December 6th and will feature sketch comedy from New York group We're Matt Weir as well as Philly groups Daring Daulton and American Breakfast. As always, the show will be headlined with a set of brand new sketches by Camp Woods.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia ComedyPerformers may nominate up to three choices in 13 different categories for the awards, which will be held on January 13, 2013 at World Cafe Live. Nominations will be open until November 30.

WitOut is now accepting submissions from performers and comedy fans for our Top Five of 2012 list series. We are encouraging anyone to write about their favorite moments, shows, performers, sketches, quotes, or anything at all to help us recap and remember the past year in Philadelphia comedy. You can pitch your Top Five of 2012 idea to contact@witout.net

If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning – send it our way with an email to contact@witout.net