Photos from Note To Self and The SideShow

Note To Self 1
A Note to Self character ponders what type of piercing he should get...
Note to Self 2
An architect hasn't seen his wife in weeks...
Note to Self 3
A jilted lover vents to her weird roomate...
Note To Self 4
...she decides to try impressing members of the same sex with her pearly white teeth.
Note To Self 5
Characters converge, bringing internal monologues with them.
Flat Earth Improv
At The SideShow, members of Flat Earth try their hand at improv.
Paul Triggiani and Jess Ross
Paul Triggiani remembers to say "yes, and..."
Flat Earth Improv 2
Girl's choice dance at the skating rink.
Flat Earth Improv 3
Who invited her to the party?
Mike Marbach as Chris Walken
Mike Marbach has to improvise with famous impersonations...
Mike Marbach as Frank Underwood
Frank Underwood: 6 / 10.
Mike Marbach as Gilbert Gotfried
Gilbert Gotfried - 9 / 10
Mike Marbach as Jason Statham
His Jason Statham picks up WAY under-aged girls in his car.
Mike Marbach improvising as Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum -- difficult but Mike sorta kills it.
Mike Marbach as Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson -- Boo! Mike practiced this one!
Mike Marbach as Morgan Freeman
His Morgan Freeman came through in fine style...
Mike Marbach as Colombo
Oh, just one more thing...
Mike Marbach as Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw gets scandalous with a production assistant.
Mike Marbach as William Shatner
Kudos to Mike for channeling these hams while maintaining good improv scenes.
Becca Trabin running Town Hall
Becca Trabin closed the show by running a town hall meeting filled with citizens (us) pre-occupied by the local Lady Footlocker and which tablet computers are allowed.

The Sideshow Moves to PHIT

sideshowMike Marbach's two and a half year old improv and variety comedy showcase The Sideshow is moving from The Arts Parlor on Broad Street to the new permanent Phit location at the Adrienne Theater.

Writes Mike Marbach on his website, "Two of the reasons I started Sideshow are now no longer relevant. The first is Beirdo has scattered to the ends of the Earth with occasional (and awesome) shows. The other is that starting later in January 2014 The Philly Improv Theater will have a permanent home at the Adrienne Theater with shows 52 weeks a year! So the need for The Sideshow to fill in the gaps of PHIT weeks will no longer be there and as [Philly Improv Theater's] Education Director I didn’t want to be running a “competing” effort. So, after some talks- The Sideshow is moving to PHIT starting January 23rd!" (You can read the full article at MikeMarbach.com).

brewery comedy

Meanwhile, The Sideshow's space and time will be filled at the Arts Parlor with a new showcase called The Brewery (visit the facebook event page here).

The Brewery will be run by a local improv group called Bill Parks, which is comprised of current PHIT students (Erin Coffey, Erica Paradisi, Adam Perkins, Sofya Piro, Stacy Sanseverino, Rajiv Sharma, Adam Steiger, Sean Sullivan, Joe Tuzzi) and directed by Alex J. Gross.

Members of Bill Parks told Marbach, “Our view of the show is that it will emulate a brewery in more than name alone. Experiment, collaborate and enjoy the results. In general, the show will be similar to the Sideshow. Established comedic talents and budding new acts will take to the stage, bringing a consistently great show to the Arts Parlor twice a month.”

The first Brewery will be on Friday, January 11th at 8pm.


2013 Troika Tournament Champions: Law and Order: LOL

The seventh annual Troika Tournament, presented by Figment Theater in partnership with The Sideshow came to a conclusion this Saturday with Law and Order: LOL (Alex Newman, Andrew Stanton, and Nicole Labrecque) taking home the title, along with a cash prize. The group performed a show with scenes and characters stylized after the popular television franchise including detectives, assistant district attorneys and CSI personnel.

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The group bested efforts from Round One winners Improv Against Humanity (Alli Soowal, JP Boudwin, and Kevin Pettit) and Round Two champs Craft (Jason Grimley, Marc Reber, and Sue Jay)

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Julia Scotti wrote this post about moments of awakening, understanding, and her evolution as a comedian and person.

The Not Just Comedy Show brings its mix of stand-up, improv, and music to The Grape Room again this Tuesday for a show featuring performances by: Mikaela Hamje, Chris Wood, Scott Speegle, Dr. Tony, Bed Savage, and musical guest Rev. TJ McGlinchey.

Metro Comedy Live comes to Helium Comedy Club this Wednesday for an evening of stand-up comedy from Nema Williams, Ed Blaze, and Vince Barnett.

This Wednesday through Saturday ComedySportz Philly Presents: Friends of Alcatraz at The Playground at The Adrienne Theater. The improvised puppet show for grown-ups returns with a cast featuring Kelly Vrooman, Dave Jadico, Joe Sabatino, Rob Cutler, Caitlin Weigel and Rachel Whitworth.

This Thursday the Lawnboys Comedy Showcase comes to Puck in Doylestown for a show featuring stand-up comedy from Aaron Hertzog, Omar Scruggs, Tim Raymus, Fady Khalil, and Matt Lips.

Figment Theater's bimonthly Vagabond Sessions is back this Thursday; this time at The Maas Building (1325 N. Randolph St.) The show will feature improv performances by: The Chain, Half-Life, The AD Showcase with Andrew Stober and Maggy Keegan, and The Table.

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie will play this Thursday at The Keswick Theatre. After the feature the audience can participate in a question and answer session with Jay and Silent Bob themselves, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

This Friday short-form improv group The N Crowd celebrates their eight-year anniversary with a show at RUBA Hall.

The Sideshow returns to The Arts Parlor this Friday to once again team up with Figment Theater for the third and final first-round match of in the annual Troika Tournament. This week will feature improv from teams comprised of: Cait O'Driscoll, Ryan Barlow, and Shannon Devido; Karen Coleman, Mike Butler, and Quinton Alexander; and  Jason Grimley, Marc Reber, and Sue Jay.

ComedySportz The Blue Show returns this Friday night for the improv group's monthly visit to a magical land where there are no penalties for being dirty.

The Captain Action Comedy Show returns to the Conshohocken Cafe this Saturday with a show hosted by Sidney Gantt and Dave Terruso featuring stand-up from: John McKeever, Ben Fidler, and Mike Logan.

The Troika Tournament comes to a conclusion this Saturday at The Sideshow when the three winners from the opening rounds battle in a head-to-head-to-head final round to determine the 2013 Troika champion.

Saturday is Jerzee's Comedy Night at Jerzee’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria (2609 Mount Carmel Ave. Glenside, PA) with a show featuring: Pat Kelly, Dan Manhon, Darin Martinez, Lou Misiano, Bobby Lorello, Bryan Leichter, and Erik Whitcare.

The second Comedy is Liberty Weekend Show is this Saturday at Liberties Bar & Grill. This month's show will feature comedy from Chip Chantry, Steven Bryan, and Alison Zeidman.

Gorged! returns to The Bean Cafe this Saturday night with a free stand-up show featuring: Aaron Hertzog, Jon DelCollo, Joe Bell, Nikki Black, and Rob Zawatski.

Baltimore's Wham City Comedy Tour makes a stop in Philadelphia this Saturday at Goldilocks Gallery (723 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor). The show is described as "a two-hour cross-genre variety show, showcasing the very best from Baltimore’s award-winning artist collective and fabled party starters. Expect stand-up sets, videos, dramatic monologues, and ensemble sketches in a tightly-run, visionary performance." Philly's own The New Dreamz will also perform.

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Former Philly/current LA comedians Brendan Kennedy, Luke Giordano, and Mike Weinstein have started a new podcast, Remember Remember the Titans. The show says to be "the only podcast dedicated specifically to discussing the Disney high school football movie, Remember the Titans." Actually, the guys tell stories, do bits, and have fun based on the topics, themes, and actors from the movie. In the first episode they are joined by former-former Philly comedian Aaron Hertzog.

Philly Improv Theater has announced the cast for their new Spring theatrical run, The Bat. The show runs from on Tuesday, April 30th through Sunday, May 19th. For a full schedule and tickets check the PHIT website show calendar or visit the TicketLeap page for the run.

This Tuesday Polygon Comedy returns to L'etage for their monthly variety show. This month, the show will feature stand-up from Christian Alsis, sketch from ManiPedi, musical improv from Interrobang, and music from Iliana Inocencio.

A Bunch of Improv at the Grape Room returns this Tuesday to The Grape Room in Manayunk.

The High Five Comedy Showcase debuts at Voltage this Wednesday. The show will be hosted by Jay West and will feature stand-up comedy from Aaron Hertzog, Dan Scully, Andre Johnson, Mikaela Hamje, and Joe Bell.

Stand-up/Improv show Comedian Deconstruction returns to L'etage this Thursday with a show featuring improv from Bed Savage and stand-up from Howard Algeo, Dave Temple, Geoff Jackson, Kerryn Feehan, and Frank Liotti.

The second round of Figment Theater's Troika Tournament continues this Friday night at The Sideshow. The show will feature teams comprised of: Becca Trabin, Charles Rosen, Sean Landis; Alex Newman, Andrew Stanton, Nicole Labrecque; and Jim Burns, Maggy Keegan, Rachel Whitworth.

Something Witty at The Dive returns to the East Passyunk Ave. bar this Friday for a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Alex Pearlman.

Tongue & Groove's "That Time" will play this Saturday and Sunday at The Kimmel Center. The show will ask the audience “If you could go back in time to any moment in your own life’s story, where would you go and why?” to inspire "a collage of improvised theater, dance, and music."

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The new, monthly, Head of the Class Comedy Showcase debuts this Tuesday at Silk City. The show will be hosted by Oliver Yu and Mike Alloy and will feature stand-up from: Mikey Garcia, Bobby Lorello, Omar Scruggs, Jim Ginty, and Chris Cotton.

This Tuesday Helium Comedy Club will host an MTVU stand-up comedy showcase featuring comedy from area college students including: Seth Simons, Tyler Wolf, Chris Whitehair, Tim Ryan, Siraj Iqbal, Noah Goldstein, Jackie Koehn and Alex Grubard.

Alex Pearlman and Corey Cohen will host Always Remember, a night of comedy headlined by Dave Hill this Tuesday at Connie's Ric Rac. Also performing on the show are: Ryan Shaner, TJ Hurley, and the Necrosexual.

Second Stories Presents: Temporary Madness this Tuesday at The Dive. The show will feature storytelling from: Alejandro Morales, Nicole Yates, Alanna Kennedy-Gorman, Larry Napolitano, and Vickie Fernandez

This Wednesday, Helium Comedy Club will host a stand-up showcase to audition local comedians to host at the club. Performing on the show are: Alex Grubard, Kevin Hurley, Joey Dougherty, Omar Scruggs, and Dave Temple.

The Sideshow returns to The Arts Parlor this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with their Musical Revue - a show featuring local improvisers and comedians performing songs around the theme of love.

Also this Thursday, Figment Theater's roaming, bi-monthly Vagabond Sessions will make a stop at the Adrienne Theater's Second Stage for a show featuring: Wisdom Teeth, 'Til Death Do Us Part, the A.D. Showcase with Max Sittenfield and Maggy Keegan, and The Table.

This Friday Chris McDevitt, Benny Michaels, and Alex Magakis will perform at Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery (1830 West Point Pike, Landsdale PA) for The Laughing Barrell.

A second Sideshow on Saturday night will feature the first round of this year's Troika tournament. The event features randomly drawn teams of three that each have a month to come up with a team name and style of play. Round One will feature teams comprised of: Chris Calletta, Erin Pitts, and Jessica Ross; Alex Gross, Dan Corkerey, and Joe Spampinato; and Alli Soowal, JP Boudwin, and Kevin Pettit.

McGilliCOMEDY At McGillicuddys debuts this Saturday at JD McGillicuddy's in Manayunk. The show will be headlined by Sidney Gantt, featuring Dan Scully and Keane Cobb and hosted by Sylis P.

Comedy-Gasm! A Night of Multiple Climaxes is this Saturday upstairs at The Irish Pol. The show will feature performances by: Rachel Fogletto, Walter, Brandon Gorin, Elise Thompson-Hohl, L.U.M.P., and Alejandro Morales.

Also this Saturday comedian Ron White headlines The Keswick Theater. Tickets are available online.

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Submissions for the 2013 F. Harold Comedy Festival open today. This year's festival will feature a mix of improv, sketch, stand-up, and storytelling, and will take place from June 11-16 in Studio 5 at the Walnut St. Theater.

This Tuesday Polygon Comedy returns to L'etage with a show featuring stand-up from Brad Lofton, Mike Logan, and Chris Hayes; improv from Kelly & Joe; and musical improv from Interrobang?! Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00.

Musical comedian Stephen Lynch will bring his brand of guitar-song humor to the TLA this Wednesday.

The Sideshow Presents: Freaky Friday this week with a show featuring comedians stepping out of their comfort zones to perform a style of comedy for the first time. The show will feature sketch and improv performers making their stand-up debut, and stand-up and sketch comedians performing improv for the very first time. The entire show is also a fundraiser for the National MS Society. More information and the entire line-up can be found on the Facebook event page.

This Friday, Philadelphia's own David Brenner will perform at the Sellersville Theater (24 W. Temple Ave. Sellersville, PA). The show begins at 8:00pm and tickets can be purchased online.

Also this Friday stand-up showcase Nervous Breakdown will come to PhilaMOCA with a night featuring comedy from Tommy Pope, Ryan Shaner, Chris Wood, Brandon Gorin, Ryan Crawford, David Piccolomini, and Steve Miller-Miller. The show begins at 8:00pm and tickets cost $10.

Something Witty at the Dive returns this Friday with a stand-up showcase featuring: TJ Hurley, Caitlin Feeney, Joe Murdoch, Dave Terruso, and some out-of-town comedians from Baltimore and New York.

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News:

In case you haven't seen it - the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com wrote this article on Philadelphia's "burgeoning comedy scene." Check it out for quotes from Todd Glass, Doogie Horner, BJ Ellis, and WitOut's own Alison Zeidman.

Performer submissions are open now through Sunday, March 3 for the annual Troika tournament. Interested performers should email their name, contact information and list of current and past performance groups to troika@figmenttheater.org. Performers will be placed in groups of three and will have one month to come up with their group's name and performance style. The tournament will be held at The Sideshow with preliminary rounds taking place on April 13, 19, and 26 with the championship round on Saturday, April 27.

Submissions are now open for High Note Humor's South Jersey Stand-up Championship - which will be held at The Taproom Grill (427 W Crystal Lake Drive Haddonfield, NJ). Three comics from each preliminary round (April 4, 11, 18) will advance to the finals on April 26 for a chance to win cash prizes, future paid work, and a championship belt! Interested comedians can sign up by sending their name, comedy experience, and availability for the preliminary rounds to HighNoteHumor@gmail.com by the deadline of March 12.

Luke Giordano wrote this piece on the importance of failure for his site Everything You Like is Stupid. Luke has recently switched the format of the site from a humor page to one where he writes essays on his ideas, process, and other thoughts behind writing and comedy. As someone who also likes to think a lot about the process or writing and creating comedy I can say that it is worth checking out.

Due to a fire in the Valley Forge Beef and Ale, all shows at Chuckles Comedy Club have been put on hold. We will update you on any news about the venue as soon as more information is available.

Shows:

Philly Improv Theater will host the first of a two-week-run of shows at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) this week. You can see their full schedule online to check out all the improv, sketch, panel, and variety shows PHIT has to offer.

The Not Just Comedy Show returns to the Grape Room (105 Grape St. Manayunk) this Tuesday with a show featuring stand-up from Dan King, Tommy Highland, Darryl Charles, Danelle Lamar, Dan Mahon, Pat Kelly, and Dr. Tony; improv from Bed Savage; and music from Borrowed Instrument. Doors open at 7:30 and the show beings at 8:00.

Philly's own Todd Glass will be headlining at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) this week with shows from Wednesday to Saturday. Also performing on the show will be comedians Chip Chantry and Blake Wexler.

This Wednesday Tight Six presents: Not Jazz 3 at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) This month's show will feature comedy from John McKeever, Alex Pearlman, Omar Scruggs, Jon DelCollo, Caitlyn Feeney, Chris O'Conner, and promisses to have a secret special guest.

The Taproom Sports Bar & Grill (15 S Morton Ave  Morton, PA) will host their second Totally Free Comedy Night this Thursday with a show featuring performances from James Hesky, Tommy Pope, Darryl Charles, Chris Dolan, Jake Mattera, and Michael Brooks.

Mike Rainey will be hosting a party and comedy show to celebrate the release of his book Terrible Advice this Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) The night will feature comedy from Sean Clay, Joe Mayo, James Hesky, Tim Butterly, Tommy Pope, and more! Mike will be selling and signing copies of his book for $10.

Sketch group Comic Energy will be performing a show this Friday at The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The group will put on two performances at 8:00 and 10:00, with a ticket price of $5 for any of their friends on Facebook.

This Sunday Eddie Brill Presents the Great American Comedy Audition Showcase at Helium Comedy Club. The show will be headlined by Brill and will feature performances from: Doogie Horner, Dave Terruso, Jim Ginty, Andy Nolan, Darryl Charles, Chip Chantry, Mary Radzinski, Roger Weaver, John McKeever, Pat Barker, Tommy Pope and James Hesky. Tickets can be purchased online.

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