Philly's Phunniest Semi Finals (Show Two)

Last night, in the second semi final round of Helium Comedy Club's Philly's Phunniest Person Contest, five more comedians moved on to tonight's final round. The five finalists are:

Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Andy Nolan, Tommy Pope and Pat Barker.

They will be joining John McKeever, Pat House, Mike Rainey, Gordon Baker Bone and Gary Vider in tonight's finals.

The ten comedians will take the stage at Helium tonight at 8PM. The show will be hosted by Big Jay Oakerson, and tickets can be purchased online.


ComedySportz Announces Rookie Class of 2011

After 2 days, 20 hours and 100 amazingly funny people, ComedySportz is proud to announce The Rookie Class of 2011:

Alan Williams, Darryl Charles, Sue Taney, Kevin Lopez, Mark Leopold, Daniel Dorff, Rachel Sydney, Kevin Regan, Langston Darby and Lulu Krause.

ComedySportz calls new cast members “Rookies” out of tradition, but that title should in no way undermine their talent:

“These guys are really going to impress!” says Rookie Trainer, Jason Stockdale. “We are adding a group of very funny performers to our company. I’m looking forward to working with them over the coming months and can’t wait for them to hit the ComedySportz Arena and destroy everyone with their skills.”

The Rookies begin training this week and will debut mid-Fall.

ComedySportz performs every Saturday night at 7:30 and 10PM. Starting in September, ComedySportz expands its programming with “Final Fridays” — a series of new shows the last two weeks of every month.


PRO-MANIA Fringe Festival Show Accepting Applications

THE SHOW
A sport-stravagant celebration of the larger-than-life spectacle that is professional wrestling (with only some of the wrestling). Philly’s top comedic performers pay homage to the flashy trash talking promos, slick video packages, & bitter rivalries of the squared circle. WARNING: Our performers may break your chair over each others’ heads.

APPLICATIONS
In place of auditions, this show will be taking online applications from comedians interested in performing. Potential performers will be asked to provide their contact information and a description of the wrestling character they would like to create for the show.

To complete an application for PRO-MANIA! please visit this link

CASTING, REHEARSALS, and SHOWS
Upwards of 20 people will be cast and notified in mid-July that they will perform in the September run, with a meeting of all participants sometime during the same month. Performers will then be paired up for "fights" and expected to rehearse their fight with the commissioners and a fight choreographer. There are three performances scheduled for PRO-MANIA!, on the following dates:

Friday, 9/2 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/9 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/16 at 11:30 p.m.

In addition there will be a fight call in the early evening (approx. 5:00 p.m.) before each performance for the wrestlers on that date to rehearse their moves.


PHIT Announces Casts for Fringe Festival Shows

Philly Improv Theater recently announced the casts for their upcoming Philly Fringe Festival shows.

twenty-four (directed by Steve Kleinedler) Each completely improvised performance of twenty-four unfolds in real time, a twenty-four minute window on the realistic relationship dynamics of six individuals. A stripped-down tour-de-force focusing on characters, their intentions, and their interactions – with a cast of improv veterans - twenty-four is funny, moving, theatrical, and not to be missed!
The Cast
Emily Davis
Corin Wells
Becca Trabin
Mike Marbach
Marc Reber
Jessica Ross
Cait O'Driscoll

Dark Comedy (directed by Jason Grimley) Chicago’s famous improv format “The Bat” is a show unlike any Fringe audiences have witnessed before: a spontaneously created comedy performed in pitch blackness. Come see Philly’s top improvisers do it in the dark.
The Cast
Shannon DeVido
Adam Siry
Brian Ratcliffe
Rachel Semigran
Alan Williams
Andrew Stanton
Hillary Rea
Amy Nash
Alan Kaufmann

Friends of Alcatraz Alcatraz, the most desirable cat in the world, is putting on a night of comedy with his fleece-faced puppet friends – and you’re invited! Featuring innovative staging that lets the audience watch the show on stage or on screen, this production is the first fully improvised puppet show ever seen in Philadelphia. (Please note: while this show features puppets, it's not for small children).
The Cast
Rob Cutler
Dave Jadico
Jason Stockdale
Kelly Vrooman

Show times and information can be found on Philly Improv Theater's Show Calendar or right here, on our Comedy Show Calendar.


ComedySportz Auditions

From the group's Facebook page:

ComedySportz Philadelphia, Philly’s longest running comedy show, is holding auditions for new company members on Saturday, July 30th with callbacks Sunday, July 31st.

Auditioners will be required to reserve a 10-minute slot in the morning or afternoon of Saturday July 30th at the Playground at the Adrienne (2030 Sansom Street, in Center City Philadelphia). If called back, you will be required to attend a two-hour group audition on Sunday July 31st, either during the morning (10:00 am to 12:00 noon) or the afternoon (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm).

To reserve an audition slot, please e-mail auditions@comedysportzphilly.com with your name and which audition time you prefer: morning, afternoon or either. (Slots based on availability.)