VIDEO: Down The Show Episode 4

The latest episode of Down The Show, created by Abigail Bruley and Andrew Laputka, features guest appearances by Janeane Garafalo and Eddie Pepitone and co-stars Jimmy Viola and Corey Cohen. Check it.

Video Round-up, Vol. 4


This Week's Spotlight: Down the Show

Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the supercool (and yeah I said supercool) Down the Show! Down the Show is a constant open door sketch group, welcoming stand-ups, sketch writers, performers, videographers and joiners from all walks of life. So I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might get a kick out of (just don't hurt anyone in the process).


1.  My Talking Henry Rollins.  Henry Rollins is a doll that offends people. I here they're also coming out with an Ian MacKaye doll that's supposed to help with sobriety.

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2. "BEER SNOBS". This is what might happen when two beer snobs run into each other. Hint: Ecstasy Ensues.

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3. The Pilot. Philadelphia comedians and filmakers come together to give the world a sketchy-sketch comedy show.

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Down the Show: Episode Three

Aubrie Williams Has Coffee With...Abigail Bruley

For my latest Coffee With Comedians, or CWC if you prefer abbr.'s, I sat down with Abigail Bruley, who is a member of improv group Nielsen and the creator and head writer of Down The Show.

Aubrie: When did you first get into comedy? Was there a specific moment? Cause you do improv and sketch.

Abigail: Comedy, always was there. I did impressions of all the priests from my elementary school. Improv is a very new venture for me. I did it because I thought that it was a great way to come up with ideas for sketches. And I do. I find it a great way to come up with ideas for everything.

Aubrie: Did you take a class through PHIT?

Abigail: My first improv class was at the UCB in New York, and then much later on, I decided to sign up for a class here with Andy Moskowitz, and he was amazing and adorable. My troupe formed out of that class!

Aubrie: Did you notice any differences between New York and Philly Improv-wise?

Abigail: Yes, sure, of course. My classmates were very different. Philly is more laid back and fun and experimental, New York is more traditional, everyone had an end goal in mind of being famous or whatever.

Aubrie: How did "Down The Show" come about?

Abigail: I was working for NBC in Philadelphia when I was asked to come up with some content ideas for one of their local shows. So, I came up with a comedy segment where we would bring local stand-ups into the studio and tape them doing a two minute bit. That went well, so I pushed a bit further for it to include original sketch. Ultimately, it didn't work out with NBC, but I kept running with it on my own and Down the Show was born!

Aubrie: Do you do a lot of the writing per show?

Abigail: Well, I've taken a lot of stuff that was already produced like "Booty Shorts for Men" by Secret Pants. But, I do do a lot of the writing for other sketches in the show. I also try to collaborate with people that write stuff specifically for the show, just so I have a chance to get different perspectives on it from outside observers.

Aubrie: Have you always done this, or did you start it recently?

Abigail: I've done it since the beginning of Down The Show. I mean it's so subjective. How do you know if it's only funny to you and your friends, right? I don't want to alienate people.

Aubrie: Are you inspired by anything in particular while writing or before an improv show? Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Abigail: I try to get lost and go on walks in the city and just be alert to things. I get a lot of great ideas that way.

Aubrie: What was the weirdest place you found inspiration?

Abigail: The most recent was probably a guy walking in front of me dry brushing with a tooth brush and he kept spitting, and I came up with a character based around that guy dry brushing.

Aubrie: Do you have a favorite comedy moment?

Abigail: I saw Louis CK when he played the Academy of Music and he had this bit that is about how he doesn't drink that much or smoke or do drugs, and his one big vice is being able to sleep, And he was like, "You know what sleep is like to me?" and he went into really great detail about what it might feel like to get a really deep blow job from a tribal woman with devil tongues, and I was hyperventilating, I was laughing so hard. That is the hardest I've ever laughed. I love that guy so much.

Aubrie: Me too.

Abigail: And the show Louie - I think about that when I'm writing. The thing I admire most about the writing on that show is the slow simmer type of humor and the retching honesty. I don't necessarily need something to be knee-slappingly funny. The first time I realized sketch comedy could be non-Saturday Night Live was The State and I was obsessed with it. A great deal of The State wasn't funny, it was just bizarre and weird. And, that made me love it even more.

Aubrie: The State had a lot of recurring characters. Do you have a recurring characters or a through-line, or hope to have a through-line eventually?

Abigail: This episode I wrote a skit that I hope comes back in the next episodes. That's the first one. Other than that the only thing that the first two have in common, and that I think I'm going to continue on with, is that they have stand- up comedy mixed with sketch mixed with original music and artwork. That's going to be the standard.

Aubrie: Do you film live music or use recorded music in the show?

Abigail: My husband is a musician so he does all of the music. I'm going to have a new theme song every episode, and he always does the theme song. In the first episode the theme song is me and him singing in our closet. And for this theme song I wanted it to sound like a bunch of drunk sailors screaming at a bar so he got a bunch of his friends into this space to sing lyrics that he wrote- which are amazing- and I'm pretty excited about it. It's gonna be awesome!

Aubrie: Do you have a favorite Philly stage moment?

Abigail: Asteroid is great! And The Kristen & Amie Show. They are just so good. They amaze me. The arsenal of characters they pull out is awe inspiring.

Aubrie: Were there particular moments from each show that blew you away?

Abigail: Asteroid's edits in themselves are hilarious, and they are just so goofy and fun with each other. What I do remember was that every moment that blew me away in that show in particular were done by chicks, and I thought that was really interesting. I mean, how can chicks not be naturally funny? We are an absolutely ridiculous gender.

Aubrie: And outside of comedy, what are your hobbies and interests?

Abigail: Hmmm, I am at Fairmount Park almost every single day, so I guess you could say I'm the outdoorsy type. I like noodles. I eat noodles a lot.

Aubre: What kind of outdoorsy stuff?

Abigail: I used to be big into biking but I don't do that anymore. I'm tired of trying to ride a bike because my bikes keep getting stolen. I don't know, I guess I'm just a super girl- I'm really into skating.I go to the River Rink. I am also into logic puzzles.

Aubrie: ME TOO! I never meet anyone who is, and that is why I am so excited. Any other hobbies?

Abigail: My husband and I have a little music project we do. And I'm also a freelance illustrator.

Aubrie: Have they been published anywhere around here?

Abigail: The most recent was published in the City Paper.

Aubrie: Is the music project with your husband recorded in the closet?

Abigail: Yes! I stand in there with headphones on and a stocking over the microphone!

You can catch the screening of the 3rd episode of Down The Show on May 4th at Underground Arts with Dan St. Germain, and see past episodes at

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 19

Helium Comedy Club will crown their 2011 Philly's Phunniest Person this week. With semi-final rounds of their sixth annual contest being held tonight and tomorrow, and the finals being held on Wednesday. You can buy tickets for the shows online.

Tuesday night, Kung Fu Necktie will play host to Tuesday Night Live (Facebook Event) - a night of stand-up, sketch and improv hosted by Maureen Costello. The show will feature performances by Doogie Honer, power point expert Jon Goff, inspirational speaker Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, improvised telanovela Pasiones de Pasiones, the improv stylings of Iron Lung as well as musical guest Richie Rich and the Poor People.

This Wednesday, Sketch Playground will present it's first "showcase" at L'etage. Play Favorites (Facebook Event) will feature improv performances by Hate Speech Committee, Iron Lung and Get a Room. The show will also feature favorite sketches from Sketch Playground and will be hosted by Ian David Vaflor.

Last week the second episode of Down the Show premiered at Connie's Ric Rac - now it is online for your enjoyment. The episode features an opening performance by Sherman Hemsley, stand-up from Chip Chantry, John McKeever and Conrad Roth, sketches from the minds of Rob Baniewicz and Abigail Bruley which feature performances from Aaron Hertzog and Joe Dougherty and sketches from Secret Pants and Camp Woods.




Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol 16

In case you haven't heard it yet, Doogie Horner was a featured guest on the Used Wigs Radio podcast recently. Listen to hear him talk about America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, designing book covers, and other pop culture fun.

Comedians Derek Gaines, Chris Cotton and Monroe Martin have started their own podcast, CDM's Midday Talk. Their first episode features guest Conrad Roth as the four talk about the death of Amy Winehouse, Captain America, and racism.

Last night the first round of Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Dave Terruso, Jim McGinty and Darnell Williams moving on the the semi-finals.

This Tuesday at Helium, the Bird Text Comedy Show will feature Steve Gerben, Paul Virzi, and the guys have teased the release of a sequel to their hit sketch The Real Househusbands of Philadelphia. You can see a promo for part two HERE.

There is a new casting call out for Down the Show. The Philly-themed sketch show is looking for two men and one woman who can play "older" as well as one younger man and one younger woman. Interested actors can contact Abigail Bruley.

This friday Philly Improv Theater will debut their two new house teams, currently codenamed Brandybuck and Shadowfax. The two teams will reveal their names and perform with Upright Citizen's Brigade Harold Team Grandma's Ashes at 8:30pm and 10:00pm Friday night. When the teams were first formed, we told you who made it - and all this week we will be featuring the new house team members in their own 10 Questions With...interviews.


Casting Call for "Down The Show"

Message from Down the Show:

Hi Everyone!
We will be filming our next sketch Thursday, July 14th during the day and we need four lead characters.
Four Dudes and One female available during the daylight hours on the date mentioned above.
If you're interested and available, message me and I'll go into more detail.

Interested parties should contact Abigail Bruley at