Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 48

Tonight, the preliminary round of Helium Comedy Club's Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continues, where 14 hopefuls will take the stage looking to move on to the semi-finals. Tonight's show starts at 8:00 and tickets can be purchased online.

Tuesday night, Polygon Comedy at L'etage will bring the comedic stylings of Alejandro Morales, Cock Hat, and Grimacchio to the stage. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00.

Wednesday brings another Camp Woods Plus to L'etage, this month featuring guests The New Dreamz and Angel Yau and, as always, brand new sketches from Camp Woods. This show has become a can't miss event in Philadelphia comedy - so don't miss it.

ManiPedi hosts another Mani Party this Friday at Connie's Ric Rac. The sketch group will be joined by stand-up Carolyn Busa and sketch group American Breakfast. Come for the comedy, stay for the free ice cream and dance party.

This Saturday, First Person Arts presents Stripped Stories - the "hilarious and unpredictable sex-themed story show" at Union Transfer. The show will feature hosts, Moth Grand Slam winners Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi; guest storytellers Elna Baker (The Moth, This American Life)Dave Hill (This American Life), and Dava Krause; plus musical guest Jessica Delfino. Find out more information and buy tickets online.


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 47

Last night, the seventh annual Philly's Phunniest Person Contest kicked off at Helium Comedy Club. This year, over 150 comedians will compete in 11 preliminary rounds for the chance to move on to the semi-finals, and eventually the finals, where one will be named Philly's "Phunniest". Last night, James Hesky, Omar Scruggs, and Vince Patterson moved on to the next round. The competition continues next Monday, June 11 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).

This weekend marked the debut of two new Philly Improv Theater House Teams. Davenger (formerly Codename Westmarch) and Hot Dish (formerly Codename Strider) took the stage with UCB team Surfing Friday night to two sold out shows and returned to packed housed at PHIT again on Saturday night. If you missed it, you can read the two new teams introduce themselves to the world through Witout here (Davenger) and here (Hot Dish).

This weekend Philly Improv Theater will host the third annual Duofest, a celebration of improv duos from across the country. Shows start Thursday night and continue through until Sunday. Improv workshops taught by Jill Bernard, Joe Bill, Rachel & Dave, and Twinprov are also being held. Also - be on the lookout for more Duofest Interviews this week, here on Witout.

The lineup and date for the next Camp Woods Plus at L'etage (6th and Bainbridge) has been announced. Their next monthly show will be Wednesday, June 13th at 8:00PM and will feature brand new sketches from Camp Woods as well as guests The New Dreamz and Angel Yau.

Friday, June 15th, Mani Pedi will host their second ManiParty, this time at Connie's Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) Mani Pedi will welcome guests Carolyn Busa and American Breakfast. Doors for the event open at 8:00PM and the show begins at 9, with a dance party following the comedy. Tickets for ManiParty are $10 and include free ice cream.


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 42

Signups have started for Helium Comedy Club's 2012 Philly's Phunniest Person Contest. Past winners of the title include David James, Steve Gerben, Kent Haines, Anton Shuford, Doogie Horner and Tommy Pope. Preliminary rounds for this year's contest run from June 3rd through September 9th. Contestants must be from the Philadelphia area and perform between four and half to six minutes of original material. Comedians can sign up online by clicking this link.

This Tuesday at L'etage Polygon Comedy Celebrates their birthday with a show featuring Jimmy Viola, Beirdo, Dream Machine and Kait & Andrew. Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 8:00.

Wednesday brings another edition of Mayor Karen Presents in which the PHIT House Team hosts a show of stand-up, improv and music. This week's performers include New York stand-up comedian Erin Judge, PHIT House Team Hey Rube, and a surprise musical guest.

Also this Wednesday Philly Sketchfest presents: Characters - a night of character based sketch comedy at Helium Comedy Club. The show is a fundraiser for this year's sketch fest and will feature performances by Animosity Pierre, Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, Bing Supernova, Hillary Rea, Rob Baniewicz, and The Feeko Brothers.

Camp Woods Plus returns to L'etage Thursday with a show featuring all new material from Camp Woods plus sets from New York sketch group Unisex and Philly's own ManiPedi.

Speaking of ManiPedi - this Friday the sketch group is holding their own fundraiser for their trip to the 2012 Ladies Are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas. ManiParty will feature performances from Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, Mary Radzinski, The Kristen and Amie Show and ManiPedi themselves. They will also be auctioning off items (which you can bid on here via email) and having a bake sale. $10 gets you into the show, all the beer you can drink, and the satisfaction of knowing you've helped them get to Austin.

This Saturday at Connie's Ric Rac The Chris Gethard Show comes to Philadelphia. The show, dubbed NY is Better than Philly will feature a series of competitions between Chris Gethard's crew of New York Comedians and Gregg Gethard's squad representing Philly. The Philly team consists of Brendan Kennedy (Man's Man Competition), Aaron Hertzog (Freestyle Rap Battle), Ian Vaflor (Music Competition) Alex Gross (Dance-off) and Mike McNeil (Sports Trivia). Tickets for the event can be purchased online.