Volunteer for The Philadelphia Improv Festival

The 8th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival is looking for volunteers to help with their week-long event. For each shift worked, volunteers can see a show for free (and depending on the shift they work, they may be able to watch while working as well depending on the position they are working).

Full info about positions and shifts available are listed below:

BOX OFFICE - sells tickets in the lobby, manages will-call list
REGISTRATION - checks in groups, distributes
CROWD RUNNER - controls the flow up to theater, checks badges & tickets, maintains noise levels
STAGE MANAGER - groups report to this person for call, gives groups time reminders, escorts maintains noise levels
USHER - Seats patrons at tables, controls seating flow
TECH ASSISTANT- Sits next to the tech runner, runs slideshows, plays music and calls blackouts

SECURITY - Monitors audience for camera use during Live Nude Improv (Sat at 10PM)

Wed, November 7 & Thu, November 8 (Shows at 7:30PM & 9:00PM)

REGISTRATION: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
BOX OFFICE: 6:45PM - 10:00PM
CROWD RUNNER: 6:45PM - 10:00PM
STAGE MANAGER: 6:45PM - 10:45PM
TECH ASSISTANT: 6:45PM - 10:45PM

Friday, November 9 (Shows at 7:00PM8:30PM & 10:00PM)

REGISTRATION: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
BOX OFFICE: 6:15PM - 11:00PM
CROWD RUNNER: 6:15PM - 11:00PM
STAGE MANAGER: 6:15PM - 11:45PM
TECH ASSISTANT: 6:15PM - 11:45PM

Saturday, November 10 (Shows at 7:00PM8:30PM10:00PM & 11:00PM)

REGISTRATION: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
BOX OFFICE: 6:15PM - 11:30PM
CROWD RUNNER: 6:15PM - 11:30PM
STAGE MANAGER: 6:15PM - 12:00AM
TECH ASSISTANT: 6:15PM - 12:15AM
SECURITY: 9:45PM - 11:00PM

Sunday, November 11 (Shows at 7:00PM & 8:30PM)

REGISTRATION: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
BOX OFFICE: 6:15PM - 9:30PM
CROWD RUNNER: 6:15PM - 9:30PM
STAGE MANAGER: 6:15PM - 9:45AM
TECH ASSISTANT: 6:15PM - 10:15AM

If anyone is interested in volunteering for a full or partial shift, please contact Aubrie Williams at aubs913@gmail.com.


Announcing the 2013 Witout Awards for Philadelphia Comedy

The 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy will be held at World Cafe Live on Sunday, January 13 at 6:00pm with an after party in the venue immediately following. 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)

Some changes have been made in the nomination and voting process. Nominations will take place from November 12-30 via online survey, and will be open to performers in the Philadelphia comedy community. Each performer will have the opportunity to make three nominations in each of the 13 categories.

The top five most-nominated individuals/groups in each category will be announced on December 10, and online voting will take place from December 10-21. Voting will be open to both performers and the general public. The winners will be announced at the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy  ceremony at World Cafe Live on January 13.

Best of luck to all performers. Let's hope to have a fun- and friendship-filled awards show.


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 62

Due to the impending threat of Hurricane Sandy, all shows, classes, rehearsals and workshops scheduled for tonight (Monday, October 29th) and tomorrow (Tuesday, October 30th) at Philly Improv Theater have been cancelled. We will keep you posted with any further schedule changes from PHIT, or any other Philadelphia comedy venues as we receive news.

Comedian Doogie Horner has been named one of the Smartest People in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine. They specifically mention his graphic design work and flowcharts which you can find online or in his book Everything Explained Through Flowcharts.

Last week, Rittenhouse Comedy at Noche came to an end, but those looking for a Tuesday night open mic won't have to wait long. This week - The Tuesday Night Shitshow hosted by Steve Miller-Miller premieres at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  Signups begin at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:00.

This Thursday, Camp Woods Plus returns to L'etage (624 S. 6th St.) for a special show featuring Secret Pants and the reunion of Meg & Rob. The show will mark the first show for the sketch duo since Meg Favreau moved to Los Angeles last year. Doors open at 8:00 and the show begins at 8:30.

Episode 8 of Patrick Dodd's Comedy. Food. Sports. podcast is online and features comedian Jim Norton, who calls in to discuss his conversation with Muhammad Ali,  Rachel Ray’s hips, A-Rod and Romo never being clutch and much more. The episode is available online via iTunes.


The Return of...Asteroid's B-Movie Teaser

All through the month of October, Philly Improv Theater House Team Asteroid will present their B Movie format - an improvised tribute show celebrating the fun of the low-budget sci-fi/horror films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The group has released this second teaser video for their shows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Bma7sZKaw

Asteroid's B Movie runs all through October at Philly Improv Theater at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia). Tickets and schedule for PHIT shows can be found online.


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!

 


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.


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 50

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.