Schedule for Fifth Annual Philly Sketchfest

Comedy Month Philadelphia continues this week with the fifth annual Philly Sketchfest. The shows kicked off Monday with sets from Judo RangeLocal Holiday Miracle, Tales From a Body CastHillary Rea presents: Crush Comedy and Clay & Calhoun and continued last night with The Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition where High Dramma took home the prize. The festival continues at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased online.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 14TH

8:00PM
The Specific Jawns - Philadelphia
ManiPedi - Philadelphia
MacCloskey & Myers - New York
The Mask & Wig Club - Philadelphia

THURSDAY, NOV 15TH

8:00PM
High Dramma - Philadelphia
The Monthly Hour - Philadelphia
Desperate Times - New York

FRIDAY, NOV 16TH

9:00PM
Onassis - New York
Camp Woods - Philadelphia

10:30PM
Brick Penguin - Washington, DC
The Feeko Brothers - Philadelphia

SATURDAY, NOV 17TH

7:00PM
Marina & Nicco - New York
Friends of Gertrude - Boston

9:00PM
Boosh Kla Klau - New York
Animosity Pierre - Philadelphia

10:30PM
Missing Earl - New York
Sawyer & Hurley - Boston


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David Ray Agyekum has been named one of Comedy Centrals Comics to Watch (page available at 4pm today) for 2012. David and the other comics on the list will be live tweeting about the show today at 4pm. You can follow David on Twitter for more.

This week, Comedy Month Philadelphia continues with the 5th Annual Philly Sketchfest. The festival kicks off tonight at 8:00 at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) and continues through Saturday night. Tickets are available online.

The Philadelphia Citypaper ran a cover story last week on comedian Corey Cohen. The article covers Cohen's background in comedy and current work as a promoter and host of The Big Show at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)

This Sunday, Gregg Gethard's comedy-show-based-around-a-theme Bedtime Stories will make its return to Connie's Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) This month, the theme of the show will be Revenge and will feature performances from many Philly comedy favorites. The show will also feature the final episode of The Holding Court Podcast, a comedy and basketball show co-hosted by Gethard and Aaron Hertzog.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy. Performers 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.


Special Deal for Live Nude Improv at PHIF8

Hey WitOut readers! The producers of the 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival have a special deal for you. Just enter WITOUT in the promotional code box when ordering tickets online and receive 50% off the price of admission to see Live Nude Improv this Saturday at 10:00pm.

Live Nude Improv: Using games, scenes and radical storytelling techniques, eight of Austin’s most accomplished improvisers will create a never-before-seen and never-to-be-seen-again play. Expect playfulness, vulnerability, inspiration and the infinite possibility of improvisation. And because this is modern American drama at its most thrilling and unpredictable, expect to see a little more skin than you might at a run-of-the-mill improv show.

We’re blowing the doors off improvised theater and blurring the distinction between comedy and art, between audience and performer, between wearing clothes and not wearing clothes.


Full Schedule for The 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival

Below you can find the full schedule for this year's Philadelphia Improv Festival. All shows take place on the second floor of The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St. Philadelphia). Tickets for the event are $10 for a single block of shows, $15 for a full night (Wednesday, Thursday), $20 for a full night (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), or $60 for a full festival pass and can be purchased online.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 7TH

7:30PM
Rintersplit - Philadelphia
Nielsen - Philadelphia
Hot Dish - Philadelphia

9:00PM
Gross Butler - Philadelphia
Chaperone - Philadelphia
Beauty School Dropouts - Toronto
Davenger - Philadelphia

THURSDAY, NOV 8TH

7:30PM
N Crowd - Philadelphia
Firth&Arjet - Austin
Soiree - Philadelphia

9:00PM
Iron Lung - Philadelphia
Photobomb - Baltimore
King Friday - Philadelphia
Briami Sound Machine - Chicago

FRIDAY, NOV 9TH

7:00PM
Mister Licorice - Baltimore
Popular Science - Los Angeles
ZaoGao - Philadelphia

8:30PM
Adrift - Various Cities
Wisdom Teeth - Philadelphia / Los Angeles
'Til Death Do Us Part - Philadelphia

10:00PM
The Imposters - New York City
BWP - Philadelphia
Rich Uncle - Boston
Grimacchio - Philadelphia

SATURDAY, NOV 10TH

7:00PM
Birthday Milk - Boston
Lekker - Baltimore
Junior Varsity - New York City

8:30PM
Hey Rube - Philadelphia
ImprovBoston - Boston
BillyHawk - Los Angeles

10:00PM
Live Nude Improv - Austin - AGES 18 & OVER W/ ID

11:00PM
PHIF All-Stars - Various Cities
Rare Bird Show - Philadelphia / Los Angeles
Vox Pop - Brooklyn / DC

SUNDAY, NOV 11TH

7:00PM
Population: Six - Baltimore
Double Date - New York City
Suggestical - Philadelphia

8:30PM
Mayor Karen - Philadelphia
Scoresby - New York City
Amie & Kristen Show / Kristen & Amie Show - Philadelphia
ShawnMikael(s) - DC


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This week, Comedy Month Philadelphia kicks off with the 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival. This year, over 40 groups from cities all across North America will perform at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) More information about workshops can be found and tickets can be purchased online.

Comedian Amir Gollan has been chosen as a semi-finalist for The Andy Kaufman Award and will perform in the semi-final showcase at Gotham Comedy Club in New York on Monday, November 12. The award was created to preserve the legacy of one of America's most unique and influential performers in a dynamic way. The prestigious award honors Andy Kaufman's creative spirit while simultaneously shining a spotlight on promising performers with the potential to impact the evolving culture of comedy.

Johnny Goodtimes interviewed Philly comics Chip Chantry and Doogie Horner about the issue of making jokes that poke fun of the Hurricane Sandy situation. You can read their thoughts on the subject here.

The full schedule for the 5th Annual Philly Sketchfest is now available online. This year, the festival will take place from November 12-17 at The Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) as part of Comedy Month Philadelphia.

This Tuesday, Free Improv at Connie's Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) returns with a night of performances from Deleted Scenes, Gaper Delay, TTNL (Those Two Nice Ladies), POUSAAIT, Malone, Bad James, and Shame Parade. They also promise to keep you updated with the latest election coverage so you don't miss out.

The Improvised Musical Suggestical is holding auditions for a one-night performance to be held in March 2013. Auditions will be held on November 18 from 1-5pm at  A & E Studio (1233 Vine Street, Philadelphia). Interested performers can contact Claire Halberstadt at Suggestical@gmail.com to set up an audition timeslot.

Two new open mics will debut this week. First, this Tuesday will mark the inaugural Comedy Open Mic at the Headhouse Cafe (122 Lombard St.) Sign-ups begin at 7:30 with the mic kicking off at 8:00. Tight Six, "an open mic for stand-up, sketch, characters and more" begins this Sunday at Fergie's Pub (1214 Sansom St.) sign-ups at 8:00, and the mic starts at 8:30.

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


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The lineup for the 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival has been announced, and is available online. This year's festival runs from November 7-11 and will be held at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.)

Bird Text is filming two commercials in the area in the upcoming weeks and are looking for extras to be part of the shoots. Interested actors can send a message, along with a resume and headshots to their Facebook page or to BirdText@gmail.com

This Wednesday, Philly Improv Theater House Team Asteroid! begins its month-long run of the B-Movie show, an improvised tribute to the low budget sci-fi/horror films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. You can purchase tickets online.

Also on Wednesday is The Pornologues, a show dedicated to the hilarious discussion of pornography by some of the funniest comedians in Philadelphia. The show will be held at L'etage (624 S. 6th St. Philadelphia) and is a fundraiser for this year's Philly Sketchfest, which will be held November 12-17 at the Independence Theater as part of Comedy MonthYou can purchase tickets online.

This Friday, Pat House is hosting another Comedy Night at Maggie O'Neil's (1062 Pontiac Road, Drexel Hill) as a benefit for breast cancer. The show will feature House, Pat Barker, Aaron Hertzog, and Jared Bilski.

If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning - send it our way to contact@witout.net


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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.


The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Venue

Philly Improv Theater

For two weeks every month, Philly Improv Theater offers crowds in Philadelphia the best stand-up, sketch, and improv the city has to offer. PHIT features a full schedule of regular shows (Chip Chantry's One Man Show, Guilty Pleasures, TV Party, Hey Everybody!, House Team Night, and more) plus time slots for sketch groups to have short run shows and blocks for improv teams to take the stage.

Helium Comedy Club

Helium Comedy Club is the place in Philadelphia to see A-list nationally touring headliners on stage each and every week. Helium is also home to the annual Philly's Phunniest Person Contest, an event that has over 150 local comics competing for the crown every year.

The Raven Lounge

The upstairs room at the Raven Lounge  is the home to the Center City Comedy open mic every Thursday as well as Rookie Card's monthly improv show. The tight, intimate room lets the crowd feel close to the action on stage and allows for the bar to always be just a few steps away.

The Adrienne Theater

Permanent home to ComedySportz Philly, as well as the home to many of the shows from PHIT during the Philly Fringe Festival - the Adrienne Theater sits across the street from Helium Comedy Club making that block of Sansom a hotbed of Philly comedy activity.

The Shakespeare Theater

For three weeks in October, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater was the home of the second annual Comedy Month. Featuring the Philly Sketch Fest, The Philadelphia Improv Festival, and The City Spotlight, Comedy Month was a celebration of all things funny in Philadelphia, as well as a chance for out-of-town acts to come to perform in our fair city.