Philly Comedy Weekend Photos -- SketchFest 2013

Pilgrims demand a boob flashing to prove that this woman isn’t a witch.
ManiPedi: Pilgrims demand a boob flashing to prove that this woman isn’t a witch. [Photo: Ben Miller]
Parents help their daughter mourn the death of her boyfriend.
Parents help their daughter mourn the death of her boyfriend. [Photo: Ben Miller]
Unemployed skunk gets drunk.
Unemployed skunk gets drunk. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Brick Penguin Presents The Broccoli Brothers Asshhole Cleaners
Brick Penguin Presents The Broccoli Brothers Asshhole Cleaners. [Photo: Ben Miller]
Reviewing the company’s new medical plan.
Reviewing the company’s new medical plan. [Photo: Ben Miller]

My wife was reincarnated as a fat garbage-man.
My wife was reincarnated as a fat garbage-man. [Photo: Ben Miller]
Dog Mountain's weight-loss contest gone horribly wrong.
Dog Mountain's weight-loss contest gone horribly wrong.[Photo: Kyle Harris]

Who will save defenseless couple from mugger?
Who will save defenseless couple from mugger? [Photo: Kyle Harris]
Mask and Wig Club shows extras how to piss off a Director!
Mask and Wig Club shows extras how to piss off a Director! [Photo: Kyle Harris]
The violinists of the sinking Titanic deal with a passionate cymbalist.
The violinists of the sinking Titanic deal with a passionate cymbalist. [Photo: Kyle Harris]
You had to have been there...
You had to have been there.... [Photo: Kyle Harris]
National Scandal Presents a Sassy Women’s Book Club.
National Scandal Presents a Sassy Women’s Book Club. [Photo: Ben Miller]
An OK Cupid date with a serial killer.
An OK Cupid date with a serial killer. [Photo: Ben Miller]
Drunk cops on duty.
Drunk cops on duty. [Photo: Ben Miller]
Pirate Sugar shows the importance of regular "maintenance".
Pirate Sugar shows the importance of regular "maintenance". [Photo: Kyle Harris]
The hottest Russian hair stylist shows off her stud brother to a client.
The hottest Russian hair stylist shows off her stud brother to a client. [Photo: Kyle Harris]


Sketch Comedy All Weekend @ PSF & Phit

PSFThere's a metric ass-ton of sketch comedy happening this weekend (that's the industry term). Philly SketchFest is closing with two shows each night both tonight and Saturday @ The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street). 8PM Friday -- Angel Yau, Chico, Marina & Nicco; 10pm -- Frange & Stern, Don't We Boys. 8pm Saturday -- National Scandal, ManiPedi, Brick Penguin. 10pm -- Transplants, Desperate Times, Megabuds.

Tonight at 8:30, Philly Improv Theater features The Flat Earth with their all new hour of material @ The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge Street). At 10:00, it's "The Theme Show", hosted by ManiPedi. Since they are working their tired, hilarious tuchuses off this weekend, let's take a look at a video by ManiPedi's own Aubrie Williams!

http://vimeo.com/77289792


SketchFest Tonight: Dog Mountain, Pirate Sugar, The Mask & Wig Club

Philly sketch super-group, Dog Mountain (featuring, in various capacities, such names as Rob Baniewicz, Chip Chantry, Joe Moore, Mike Marbach, Carl Boccuti, Dan Vetrano and more) will be doing selections from their three runs so-far.

Says Joe Moore--the Andy Richter of Philly Comedy--"This is a 'best-of', so you can see all of the best sketches we've ever done, without putting up with the not-best ones." ... adding... "But they were all pretty good."

Here's a Dog Mountain video in which Joe reviews an entire 30-pack of Genesee.

http://vimeo.com/71510905

Also performing will be Pirate Sugar, as well as the music-comedy of  U-Penn's legendary The Mask & Wig Club. The show starts at 8:00pm at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvxXCtRXOSI&feature=g-crec-u


Photos From Dirtiest Sketch 13

Alex Grubard & Joey Dougherty
Alex Grubard pitches "The Aristocats" to Disney executive Joey Dougherty.
Alex Grubard & Joey Dougherty 2
It was like "The Aristocrats" joke, but for "kids"!
Animosity Pierre
Blangalangalang and DJ Footie-Pajamas take a while to introduce themselves. (DJ Footie-PJ's name has a lot of "aka's".
Animosity Pierre 2
The boys are joined by Blangalangalang's weird half-sister/possible daughter... Opera singer Sangalangalang.
High Drama 3
High Drama do a hip-hop number about menstruation.
High Drama
At some point, this miniature pyramid structure will be used to make... quite a mess.
the incredible shrinking matt & jaquie
2013 Dirtiest Sketch in Philly Winners, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jaquie.
the incredible shrinking matt & jaquie 3
Their Twilight knock-off describes a more efficient way to for Edward and Bella to achieve serum transfer and intimacy.
the incredible shrinking matt & jaquie
Excuse me while I go puke...

Videos from The 2012 Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition

Philly Sketchfest has released a few videos from the 2012 Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition. Below you can see the winning entry from High Dramma as well as The Feeko Brothers' entry and Animosity Pierre's contribution to the evening. You might not want to watch these at work, or if you're eating, or squeamish. After all, it is a competition about who can get the filthiest.

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at contact@witout.net so we can share it!


"Yasmine Bleeth: Sexy Bits" by The Feeko Brothers

The Feeko Brothers combined all of the Yasmine Bleeth interludes from their 2012 Philly Sketchfest show into one video for easy enjoyment. Here it is!

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at contact@witout.net so we can share it!


Interview with One-Man Sketch Group The Clay & Calhoun Sketch Comedierie

by Peter Rambo

If you didn't know ahead of time, you wouldn't guess that The Clay & Calhoun Sketch Comedierie's first show was Monday night. Despite tech problems that plagued each of the night's performances, Clay & Calhoun put on 15 minutes of tight, well-acted sketches and videos that featured faces familiar to anyone who follows comedy in Philadelphia. Perhaps that's because the man behind the outfit, Vincent DiCostanzo, isn't new to Philly comedy. He's been part of the city's sketch scene since 2003, and in addition to Clay & Calhoun, he's one of the writers for Philadelphia Improv Theater's house sketch team, The Flat Earth.

Vincent led the night with a sketch that tested the limits of an NPR presenter's willingness to stay true to the source material during banned book week. Awkward moments continued through sketches that touched on dating, the news and birthdays, before the set wrapped with Secret Pants' Paul Triggiani on stage to help with a new take on the bit made famous by Abbot and Costello, "Who's on First?"

I spoke to Vincent after the show and then again on Tuesday.

Peter Rambo: How do you think the debut went?

Vincent DiCostanzo: I think, all in all, the show went well. There were some tech set-backs, but you have to accept that some things are out of your control. I jokingly told Hillary [Rea] downstairs that "my set is 90% awkward silence—so the crowd will be nice and warmed up for ya." I didn't realize how accurate I would be. One GOOD thing, though: There was an outro and a credit sequence set to play after "Huckleberry Finn," then I added "Happy Birthday" at the last minute to pad for time and give myself time to change clothes. The tech skipped the credits and jumped right to "Happy Birthday," so it's a good thing I took my shirt off before my pants or the next sketch would have been very awkward, or—awkwarder.

PR: What kind of prior sketch experience do you have?

VD: I started doing sketch comedy back in 2003—or thereabouts—with a group called SKITSoid. It started as part of the Fringe Festival and there were only a handful of shows after that, and I didn't start writing until late in the game. As SKITSoid wound down, I started writing and producing my own work as part of The Gentlemen's Rotary Auxiliary.

PR: And how long have you been working on Clay & Calhoun?

VD: Clay & Calhoun started making its way into my brain just over a year ago. I had a stack of sketches left over after the Gent's Rotary's demise and ideas just kept populating in my brain. I kept going to shows and really missed making comedy. I jumped at the chance to write for a PHIT House Team, now known as The Flat Earth, to get my legs back under me. Unfortunately, halfway though the process, my hours at work changed and I couldn't make as many meetings, rehearsals, etc. That panic and anxiety over the loss of control over my material—which I expected to an extent—lit the fire under my ass. I had challenged myself to start writing sketches that could be performed by one person, but ended up failing at that pretty quickly. I think the only two good ones I came up with were performed Monday night. I've always preferred performing with other people, plus, there are too many voices in my head for a one-man show. I applied for Philly SketchFest on the last day submissions were being accepted to sort of force my own hand.

PR: What are some of the benefits and/or pitfalls of running things by yourself?

VD: Well, I haven't been doing everything myself. When I sat down to start to dive into the work for SketchFest, I invited a few friends over for B.S. sessions. Matthew Schmid, whom I met while working with The Flat Earth, has been at my side the whole time—acting as a sounding board, cheerleader and helping hand. Also, as corny and cliched as it is to say, the comedy community is very supportive. Anyone and everyone I approached for a hand was happy to offer.

PR: So, how many people did you end up working with on Monday's show?

VD: In total, I was able to harness the talents of nine different people—10 if you include Miss Nikki Black whose sketch was cut at the last minute.

PR: Where did the name come from?

VD: Anyone who knows me knows that I am a history junkie. Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun were the two polar stalwarts of 19th century American politics. When he was leaving the Presidency, Andrew Jackson said he had "but one regret: not shooting Henry Clay and not hanging John Calhoun."

PR: Is it hard splitting your time between two sketch entities?

VD: It hasn't been hard yet. The Flat Earth is on a hiatus—which gave me time to work on Clay & Calhoun material. But rumors (and email threads back and forth) have it that The Flat Earth will be starting back up soon. I don't expect it to be too difficult, because as any good parent knows: It's easy to tell which of your children you want to raise on your own, and which you want to give away to be someone else's responsibility. Disclaimer: I am not a parent.

PR: What are some of the difficulties of living in New Jersey and performing in Philadelphia?

VD: Honestly—the parking.

PR: Are you looking forward to any other Sketchfest events?

VD: Unfortunately, I have to work every night this week. So here's what I'm looking forward to regretting that I missed. Specific Jawns: watching Chip Chantry's transformation from stand-up to sketch comedian is like watching a butterfly turn into a butterfly. ManiPedi: Their No More Wire Wangers set blew my mind. What I'm really looking forward to is when I finally have Friday and Saturday nights off: grabbing a seat 15 minutes before the first act of the night and not leaving until after the last.

PR: Do you have any upcoming shows, or anything you'd like us to plug?

VD: Currently, nothing. But I’ll let you know ASAP.

You can watch Clay and Calhoun's videos at vimeo.com/vdicostanzo.

Peter Rambo writes and performs with American Breakfast. (Catch them at the next Camp Woods Plus on Thursday, December 6th.) You can follow Peter's quiet Twitter feed via @gunnarrambo.


Ewwwww Grossssss - Photos from the 2012 Dirtiest Sketch Contest

Photographer: Peter Rambo

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High Dramma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids with Rickets

 

 

 

The Specific Jawns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accelerate Into Oblivion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Rambo writes and performs with American Breakfast. (Catch them at the next Camp Woods Plus on Thursday, December 6th.) You can follow Peter's quiet Twitter feed via @gunnarrambo.