Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 71

Still looking for plans for New Year's Eve? Last week we gave you this round-up of comedy shows around Philadelphia tonight.

Chip Chantry wrote this piece about his ten most awkward moments of 2012 for Philly.com.

In case you missed it (or if you want to see it again) Emily and Micah McGraw's set from Secret Pants' Christmas show A Banner Year at the Ol' Bender House has made its way online.

Pick up a copy of this month's Philadelphia Magazine to check out an article on comedian and storyteller Juliet Hope Wayne. The article also talks about the comedy scene here in Philly and mentions a certain website that reports on it (it's us!).

The Sideshow: Happy New Year! show will take place this Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.). The show will feature performances from improv groups Gross Butler and Malone and sketch group Daring Daulton plus more!

This Friday will mark the first of three shows of The New Dreamz Experimental Residency Performance Art Program. The New Dreamz is the comedy performance duo of artists Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Rose Luardo. During the residency, the audience can expect to engage with material that will never be performed again and material that will be indoctrinated into The New Dreamz fat folds. Each of the three performances will be unique. The residency will be held at Space 1026 (1026 Arch Street) a Philadelphia collective art community and institution that was established in 1997.


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This video from Jason Messina (formerly of The Sixth Borough, current New York comedian) is a holiday reminder your aunts and grandmothers would be sure to thank him for.

Just because tomorrow is Christmas does not mean that Open Mic at the Headhouse Cafe will be taking the day off. A Very Funny XMAS at the Headhouse will start at 8pm and continue throughout the night for those comics finished with their celebrating, or the ones that aren't celebrating at all.

This Friday The Sideshow presents: Know When to Leave, a show hosted by Brendan Kennedy and Shannon Brown featuring performances by ManiPedi, Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, Bing Supernova, Tim Butterly, Carolyn Busa, Sam Narisi, Kait & Andrew, and more.

Saturday the New Year's Party at HodgePodge (1212 South St.) will feature "music greats: John Francis, James Klueh, GRIZ and a hodgepodge of standup, improv and sketch comics."

Delaware Today magazine ran a series of short features on native comedians Ian Fidance, Mikey Gleason, Todd Chappelle, and Shari Short. The article also covers emerging venues for comedy in Delaware and shares some jokes from each of the comedians.

Improv duos can mark your calendar as Duofest has announced registration dates for their 2013 festival. Submissions open February 2, with submission deadlines of February 22 for early submissions and March 2 as the final deadline. Applicants will be notified on March 22 and the lineup announced on April 2. The 2013 Duofest will take place from June 6-9.

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Chip Chantry's debut comedy album Across From the Adonis is now available on iTunes. The album was recorded live in front of a packed crowd at Helium Comedy Club and can now be downloaded and enjoyed from the comfort of your own home for $9.99.

On Tuesday A Bunch of Improv at The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) returns with a show featuring improv from Nielsen, No Wait, Matt&, and Cock Hat and will be hosted by Rob Gentile. Doors open at 8pm with the show starting at 8:20.

This Thursday Comedian Deconstruction presents Girls Girls Girls (and Bed Savage) at L'etage (624 S. 6th St.) This month's show will feature stand-up comedy from Mary Radzinski, Cecily Chapman, Erin Mullville, and Nicole Yates and improv sets from The Amie and Kristen Show and Bed Savage.

This Friday The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) will host The Sideshow: Short Attention Span Theater. The show will feature shorter acts (no longer than 15 minutes) and will hosts a mix of magic, stand-up, improv, sketch, storytelling, music, and more.

Secret Pants' annual Christmas show at Johnny Brenda's (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) is this Sunday, December 23 at 9:00pm. A Banner Year at the Ol' Bender Household: A Yuletide Holiday Extravaganza will be hosted by Chip Chantry and will feature sketch performances by: Camp WoodsManiPediSpecific Jawns, and Secret Pants as well as music by Emily and Micah McGraw and a burlesque showcase with Randi WarholTickets are available online.

Just another reminder that the WitOut Caption Contest for this month is live.  To enter  submit a caption in the comments section on the  caption contest post. The winner (as chosen by the editors of WitOut) will receive two free tickets to a ComedySportz show of their choice.


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Last week comedian Doogie Horner wrote about being asked to perform stand-up at a holiday party, and then followed up his first post with a story about his experience.

This Wednesday Accidents Will Happen will begin their run as a weekly show at Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave). This week's show will be entirely an open mic. You can sign up for the mic at 8:30pm the night of the show or via email to accidentscomedy@gmail.com

This Saturday Rookie Card at the Raven Lounge will return for their Farewell 2012 show. The show will be hosted by stand-up comic Dan Scully and feature improv sets from PHIT House Team Hot Dish and duo Steve Rogers is Dead.

It was recently announced that Todd Barry will bring his Crowd Work Tour to Philadelphia early next year when he will perform at The Urban Saloon on Sunday, January 20th. As the name suggests Barry's performance on the show will be completely crowd interaction instead of his usual written material. You can find more information on Facebook.

Billy Bob Thompson (The Feeko Brothers, Camp Woods, Hate Speech Committee, formerly of ZaoGao) has been chosen by the Peoples Improv Theater in New York as a recipient of their Improv Your Life Scholarship, granting him a full ride to their level one through five improv courses. Congrats, Billy.

This Wednesday Tight Six expands from their weekly open mic to present Not Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) a show featuring "a mix of stand-up, music (not jazz), fun, not jazz, games, and other spontaneous insanity." The show will feature comedy from Doogie Horner, Juliet Hope Wayne, Alex Grubard, Jim Ginty, Sidney Gantt, and Robert X.

Comedian and storyteller Juliet Hope Wayne has been nominated for the 2012 Philebrity Award for General Fabulousness. The Philebrity awards are determined by online poll that will be open until Wednesday, December 19 at noon.

While we're on the topic of awards shows; the nominations for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy have been announced. Online voting is open to comedians and the general public from now until December 21. Tickets to the show and after-party will be on sale online via World Cafe Live.

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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.

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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.


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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!

 


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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.