Photos from Iron Sketch Finals this past Thursday

Iron Sketch - Bryce Remsburg
The Chairman Bryce Remsburg presents the requisite props.


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus 1
The Diabolical Krampus -- Parents are like pets. (I'm more of a Mom person.)


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus 2
The Diabolical Krampus - Suicide help-line is not the same as the suicide hot-line!


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus 3
The Diabolical Krampus - We are NOTHING, if not Gentlemen!


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus 4
The Diabolical Krampus - A pathetic real life game of clue tests the limits of gentlemanliness.


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus 5 - Brian Kelly Devil
The Diabolical Krampus - THIS.


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus 6 - Brian Kelly Devil 2
The Diabolical Krampus - AND this.


Iron Sketch - The Diabolical Krampus group
Members of The Diabolical Krampus take a bow.


Iron Sketch Finals - Sweetish
Sweetish - An underwater crime scene.


Iron Sketch Finals - Sweetish 2
Sweetish - Underwater police (The long arm and arm and arm... of the law!)


Iron Sketch Finals - Sweetish 3
Sweetish - Nothing like a clothes-line to help accomplice a murder!


Iron Sketch Finals - Sweetish 4
Sweetish - Mr. Clean falls for his mop and its full head of "hair".


Iron Sketch Finals Sweetish 5
Sweetish - Mrs. Clean takes umbrage to his fondness for hair.


Iron Sketch Finals - Sweetish 6
Sweetish - Modern reverence for the Mona Lisa.


Iron Sketch Finals Judges 2
The judges -- Paul Triggiani, Maggie Keegan, Christian Alsis & special guest Kathy O'Connel (of WXPN's Kid's Corner) render their verdict.


Iron Sketch Finals Trophies
Bryce presents the High Life laden trophies.


Iron Sketch Finals Winners Sweetish
Sweetish enjoys a narrow victory!

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 32

Louis CK did an AMA on Reddit today to promote the release of his new stand-up special Oh My God.

Bill Cosby was once again a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and once again, he was hilarious.

Cable channel IFC announced they have a slew of comedy projects in development, including shows from Chris Gethard and Garfunkel & Oates.

Seth Rogen becomes the worst person in the world in this new video from Funny or Die.

Splitsider collected all nine promotional posters for the new season of Arrested Development.

The latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins' web series Speakeasy features the comedian interviewing Rob Delaney.

Comedy Central has released two new sketches (One, Two) from the upcoming Inside Amy Schumer.

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

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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.


The Specific Jawns - Philadelphia
ManiPedi - Philadelphia
MacCloskey & Myers - New York
The Mask & Wig Club - Philadelphia


High Dramma - Philadelphia
The Monthly Hour - Philadelphia
Desperate Times - New York


Onassis - New York
Camp Woods - Philadelphia

Brick Penguin - Washington, DC
The Feeko Brothers - Philadelphia


Marina & Nicco - New York
Friends of Gertrude - Boston

Boosh Kla Klau - New York
Animosity Pierre - Philadelphia

Missing Earl - New York
Sawyer & Hurley - Boston

Nominations Open for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy

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

The 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy will be held at World Cafe Live on Sunday, January 13th at 6pm, with an after-party in the venue immediately following the show.

This year, awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Best Stand-Up Comedian
  • Best Sketch Group
  • Best Improv Group
  • Best Stand-Up Bit
  • Best Sketch
  • Best Male Improviser
  • Best Female Improviser
  • Best Regular Show
  • Best Short-Run or One-Time Show
  • Best Podcast or Web Series
  • Special Achievement in the Field of Tweeting
  • Best Open Mic (Stand-Up, Sketch Open Stage or Improv Jam)
  • Best New Act (Improv Group, Sketch Group or Stand-Up Comedian)

WitOut will be accepting nominations for these awards categories from November 12th-30th via an online nominations form. Nominations are open to all performers in the Philadelphia comedy community.  Each performer may submit up to 3 nominations in each of the 13 awards categories.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 10

Ellen DeGeneres won the 2012 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. You can watch the entire broadcast online.

Have you ever wondered how much money comedians earn from different jobs? 

Here's a clip of Chris Rock talking about Eddie Murphy from a tribute to Murphy that will air November 14 on SPIKE.

It certainly seems like Bob Odenkirk has been busy lately.

Here's a clip from California radio station KCRW of various comedians talking about how they spent their election night.

This parody of Louie from last week's episode of Saturday Night Live (hosted by Louis C.K.) has been everywhere this week, but in case you haven't seen it -- there it is.

Rooftop Comedy has this video of Tom Hanks doing stand-up to prepare for his role in the 1988 film Punchline.

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.


Rintersplit - Philadelphia
Nielsen - Philadelphia
Hot Dish - Philadelphia

Gross Butler - Philadelphia
Chaperone - Philadelphia
Beauty School Dropouts - Toronto
Davenger - Philadelphia


N Crowd - Philadelphia
Firth&Arjet - Austin
Soiree - Philadelphia

Iron Lung - Philadelphia
Photobomb - Baltimore
King Friday - Philadelphia
Briami Sound Machine - Chicago


Mister Licorice - Baltimore
Popular Science - Los Angeles
ZaoGao - Philadelphia

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

The Imposters - New York City
BWP - Philadelphia
Rich Uncle - Boston
Grimacchio - Philadelphia


Birthday Milk - Boston
Lekker - Baltimore
Junior Varsity - New York City

Hey Rube - Philadelphia
ImprovBoston - Boston
BillyHawk - Los Angeles

Live Nude Improv - Austin - AGES 18 & OVER W/ ID

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


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

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

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 63

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 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.

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