Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 58

This week continues Philly Improv Theater's six week run of shows at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) Shows this week include PHIT House Team Harold Night (featuring King Friday and Hot Dish), Guilty Pleasures, a two-night encore of PHIT's Sketch Revue, and Luke and Aaron are Taping Their Half Hours. The full schedule can be found online.

This weeks' episode of the Comedy Food Sports (link to iTunes)podcast features guests Adam Corolla and J.L. Cauvin. Host Patrick Dodd is joined by Corolla when he calls in to talk about the the abuse of bacon, his new idea for the McRib, unbiased replay officials and he contributes to their weekly "friend enders" segment.  He also promotes his October 13th show with the brilliant Dennis Prager here in Philly at the Kimmel Center.

The line-up for the November 1st Camp Woods Plus has been announced and it is a must see for fans of Philadelphia sketch comedy. Joining Camp Woods on stage at L'etage (624 S. 6th St. Philadelphia) will be Philadelphia's longest running consistently active sketch group Secret Pants as well as the return of Meg & Rob for their first show together since Meg Favreau moved to Los Angeles last year.

Jim Grammond has been writing a series of "Tales Of Classic Concerts That Never Happened For Popular Alternative Bands I’ve Never Listened To" for his It's Dumb Bullshit and it's All Mine tumblr. You can read them online (Volume One, Volume Two). You can also see Jim perform in the encore performance of PHIT's Sketch Revue, this Thursday and Friday at 8:30.

Free Improv at Connie's Ric Rac returns tomorrow night (doors open at 8, show at 9, 1132 S. 9th St.) with their October Halloween show. This month's line-up will feature performances from: Deleted Scenes, Nielsen, We're In!, Bad James, Cock Hat, Steve Rogers is Dead, Kait and Andrew, and Monsterlogues. Don't miss the free, spooky fun!

 


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Last night, the seventh annual Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Aaron Hertzog, Joey Dougherty, and Paul Easton moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues Sunday, July 29 and the opening round continues until August 13 (full schedule here).

Submissions for Philadelphia's Comedy Month are now open. Interested groups can apply for the 8th annual Philadelphia Improv Festival (November 7-11, 2012) and the 5th annual Philly Sketchfest (November 12-17,  2012) online. More details on the month-long City Spotlight will be available later. Early submission ($20) for groups is open until until August 17 and the final deadline ($30) is August 31.

This Wednesday, Camp Woods Plus returns for another show at L'etage (624 South 6th St. Philadelphia) This month's show will feature the debut of Philadelphia sketch duo Tap City along with New York group Listen, Kid! As always, the show will feature brand new material from Camp Woods.

Also this Wednesday, comedy variety show Accidents Will Happen returns to Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia) for a night of stand-up from Jim Grammond, Omar Scruggs, John Nunn, Rachel Bensen, Lisa Yost, storytelling from Jamie Fountaine, sketch comedy from The New Dreamz and "Black Metal Legend" Necrosexual. The show is free and begins at 9pm and is followed by an open mic at 11.

This Saturday, The Sideshow makes another appearance at The Arts Parlor (1170 South Broad St. Philadelphia). The show will feature improv from Chaperone, Hot Dog, and Iron Lung as well as clowning from Kristen Schier. The show begins at 8pm and is $5.


Friday: Camp Tabu's A Comedy Thing

This Friday, Camp Tabu's A Comedy Thing will feature performances from Erin Mulville, Sarah Morawczynski, Trevor Cunnion, Rachel Bensen, and Blythe Wimbush. Alejandro Morales will host and be joined by this months' cohost Ayanna Dookie. Camp Tabu is held at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th St. Philadelphia. Doors open at 9 and the show begins after.


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Last night, the seventh annual Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Pat Barker, Carolyn Busa, and Tim Butterly moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues Monday, July 8 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).

Tonight starts another two-week run of shows for Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theater. Things kick off at 7:30 with The Pink Collar Comedy Tour, continue at 9:00 with The Monthly Hour with James Hesky, and the night closes out with stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody. You can see PHIT's full schedule online.

The 14th annual Del Close Marathon is this weekend in New York, and Philadelphia improv will be well represented in the festival. Making the trek to NYC will be Philly groups Asteroid!, King Friday, Mayor Karen, Hey Rube, ZaoGao, Iron Lung, Medic, Rosen & Milkshake, ApocaLips, Beirdo, Matt&. You can find out when your favorite Philly teams will be performing online.

The lineup and date for the next Camp Woods Plus has been announced. Joining Camp Woods on stage at L'etage on Wednesday, July 25 will be New York sketch group Listen, Kid!, and the show will also mark the debut of a full set from new Philadelphia sketch group Tap City (Aaron Hertzog and Luke Field).

This Saturday, Urban Saloon will host the Laughs on Fairmount Showcase the weekend partner to the weekly open mic from Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa. This weekend's show will feature comedy from Blythe Wimbush, Alejandro Morales, Alex Grubard, James Hesky, and John McKeever. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:00.


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Last night, the seventh annual Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Darryl Charles, Tom Cassidy, and Chris Smith moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues next Sunday, June 24 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).

This Tuesday, Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright host another edition of Comedy Dreamz at The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia.) This month's show will feature performances by Body Dreamz, Malwina, Nick Lucas, A Chorus Of Flesh, Omar Scruggs, Doogie Horner, Potato, and JP Boudwin as well as videos from Jason Hsu and The New Dreamz. Doors open at 9PM and the show starts at 10 - with a dance party following the comedy.

Wednesday, The BIG Show will feature special guest Eli Braden, and his musical comedy. Corey Cohen Comedy Productions hosts The Big Show every Wednesday at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St. Philadelphia) and brings a variety of comedy performances to the stage. Tickets can be purchased online.

This Friday at Connie's Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St. Philadelphia) JP Boudwin hosts the Uh Oh! Party Show - a night that "has no focus other than having fun." The show will feature performances by The Feeko Brothers, Charles Rosen, and Magic Missile as well as a contest where comedians will be put to the test as each will draw a challenge to base their set around. The contest will feature Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, John Nunn, Tim Butterly and Jim Grammond doing their best with whatever challenge they draw, whether it be writing a song, talking about current events, using props, or something else "equally horrible".

Also Friday, Alex Gross and Mike Hochman will host Mike and Alex Get You Drunk at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St. Philadelphia). The show will feature improv from Philly's Rare Bird Show, Richmond's Richmond Comedy Coalition, and New York's The Imposters as well as music from comedy band Lightning Bolts of Pain.

Finally, the latest episode of Gettin' Close with Mike Marbach is online - on the new and improved Mike Marbach dot com. This episode features BJ Ellis - with whom Mike discusses "life, the ever present shortform-longform talk, the N Crowd, his feelings about Philly improv and much more".


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 48

Tonight, the preliminary round of Helium Comedy Club's Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continues, where 14 hopefuls will take the stage looking to move on to the semi-finals. Tonight's show starts at 8:00 and tickets can be purchased online.

Tuesday night, Polygon Comedy at L'etage will bring the comedic stylings of Alejandro Morales, Cock Hat, and Grimacchio to the stage. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00.

Wednesday brings another Camp Woods Plus to L'etage, this month featuring guests The New Dreamz and Angel Yau and, as always, brand new sketches from Camp Woods. This show has become a can't miss event in Philadelphia comedy - so don't miss it.

ManiPedi hosts another Mani Party this Friday at Connie's Ric Rac. The sketch group will be joined by stand-up Carolyn Busa and sketch group American Breakfast. Come for the comedy, stay for the free ice cream and dance party.

This Saturday, First Person Arts presents Stripped Stories - the "hilarious and unpredictable sex-themed story show" at Union Transfer. The show will feature hosts, Moth Grand Slam winners Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi; guest storytellers Elna Baker (The Moth, This American Life)Dave Hill (This American Life), and Dava Krause; plus musical guest Jessica Delfino. Find out more information and buy tickets online.


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Tonight, at Philly Improv Theater you can catch a night of back-to-back shows hosted by stand-up comedians James Hesky and Aaron Hertzog. At 9, you can catch The Monthly Hour with James Hesky this month's guests include Doogie Horner and Mani Pedi. After that you can stick around (for free) to see stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody, hosted by Hertzog, featuring Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Juliet Hope Wayne and Sam Narisi.

Tomorrow night, Camp Woods Plus returns to L'etage (6th and Bainbridge) with a night of independent sketch comedy featuring We're Matt Weir and The Judo Range. Camp Woods Plus is Philly's only alternative sketch comedy showcase, featuring brand new material from Camp Woods each and every month. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 8:30.

A great week for sketch comedy in Philly continues Thursday and Friday with The Feeko Brothers and Mani Pedi at Philly Improv Theater. Thursday's show begins at 9pm and Friday kicks off at 8:30. You can purchase tickets for the shows online.

The South Jersey Comedy Festival is currently looking for submissions for stand-up, sketch, and improv comedians. The three day festival will take place August 10-12 at Harper's Pub in Clementon, NJ and will feature prizes for comedians and groups named best of the night. Submission information is available online.

This Friday, Eddie Pepitone returns to Philadelphia to perform at Underground Arts. "The Return of the Bitter Buddha" will feature Pepitone's signature style described as "a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment." Tickets are available online.


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 45

Tonight, Polygon Comedy continues their series of independent comedy shows at a new venue: Milkboy Philadelphia (1100 Chestnut St.). Tonight's show will feature improv from ApocaLips, Rosen & Milkshake, Adrift, and Rintersplint. Doors open at 7:00pm and showtime is 7:30. You can purchase tickets for tonight's show online.

Tickets are available now for a stand-up comedy benefit show for the Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia. Pat Barker has put together a lineup featuring Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Tim Grill, James Hesky, and Doogie Horner to perform on Saturday, June 2 at the Stone Grill (1300 Blackwood Clementon Rd, Clementon NJ). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by emailing Pat at pat@patbarkercomedy.com

If you haven't already seen it, Bird Text's new sketch The Return of Pat Burrell  has been racking up the views on YouTube. Yesterday, the video was featured on Sports Illustrated's website. The Bird Text guys are looking to capitalize on the popularity of their newest sketch, offering t-shirts for sale on their website.

Philly Improv Theater is offering two classes that begin this weekend. Improv 101 (with Jessica Snow) and Improv 201 (with Steve Kleinedler) will run Saturdays, May 19 through July 14 and will be held at The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. Get your spots now, before classes fill up.

This Saturday, May 19, Rookie Card's monthly show at The Raven Lounge (1718 Sansom St.) makes it's weekend debut. The free show begins at 7:00pm and will feature stand-up comedian Tommy Highland, a secret improv team, and will end with an jam open to anyone in attendance.

This weekend, High Dramma Sketch Comedy will host another round of shows at the Walking Fish Theater (2509 Frankford Ave.) The show will run May 17-19 at 8:00pm and May 20 at 5:00pm. Tickets are $15 at the door and are also available online  with a special "pay what you can" showing on May 17.