Announcing the Hosts of 2014 WitOut Awards (Sunday, Jan 26 @ World Cafe Live)

aubrie williams
Aubrie Williams
Darryl Charles
Darryl Charles




Members of the Philly Comedy Community, if you haven't filled out your nomination forms, do it quick!


And The Winners Are...

The 2011 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy were last night at World Cafe Live. The Philadelphia comedy community gathered together to hand out the awards which they themselves nominated and voted for. In case you missed it, here's a full rundown of the winners in each category.

Best Host: Chip Chantry - host of Chip Chantry's One Man Show (with Special Guests) and Facetime with Chip Chantry

Best Venue: Philly Improv Theater

Best Podcast: CheaPodcast

Best Open Mic: Laughs on Fairmount (hosts Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski)

Best One Time Show: The Roast of Meg Favreau

Best Short Run Show: Pro Mania (Ian Vaflor and Alex Gross)

Best Regular Show: The Ministry of Secret Jokes (Doogie Horner)

Best New Group: Hey Rube (Alex Gross, Dennis Trafny, Jen Curcio, Lizzie Spellman, Mark Leopold, Rob Cutler, Scott Shepherd, Tara Demmy, Aaron Hertzog, director: Matt Holmes)

Best Improv Group (1-3 members): The Kristen & Amie Show (Kristen Schier and Amie Roe)

Best Improv Group (4+ members): Hate Speech Committee (Brendan Kennedy, JP Boudwin, Rob Baniewicz, Darryl Charles, Sue Taney, Christian Alsis, Billy Bob Thompson, Aaron Hertzog)

Best Stand-up Bit: Darryl Charles - Hatchet

Best Sketch: The Feeko Brothers - Jay Peebee's PB&J

Best Sketch Group: The Feeko Brothers

Best Stand-up Comedian: Chip Chantry

Special thanks to World Cafe Live for allowing us to have our "clown friend clubhouse goofball jerkoff party" in their establishment. Also thanks to everyone who helped produce the show. The writers: Aaron Hertzog, Chip Chantry, Doogie Horner, Rob Baniewicz, Mary Radzinski, Jim Grammond, Becca Trabin, Joe Moore, Luke Giordano, Billy Bob Thompson, Greg Maughan. The video spots were put together by Rob Baniewicz and Shannon Devido. Also thanks to all the presenters and of course, the host of the evening Joe Moore.

 


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 30

Philly Weekly is talking about us! Today's music section has an article about WitOut, and the upcoming WitOut Awards. You can pick up a copy at PW boxes throughout the city or read the article online. We suggest both.

This weekend, Camp Woods and The Feeko Brothers are heading west for the Chicago Sketchfest. The groups will perform two sets each while visiting the windy city for the festival and will be sure to represent Philly as only they can. You can check out sketches from the groups on their websites.

The Philly Improv Theater is looking for interns. Students who are enrolled in a degree granting college or university program are eligible to apply for Winter/Spring (January through April), Summer (May through August) or Fall (Sepember through December) internship experiences with the Philly Improv Theater on an unpaid or college/university credit basis. Interested students can get more information online.

This Friday you can check out a pair of back-to-back shows in South Philly. At 8:00pm at The Arts Parlor is The Sideshow featuring improv from Kait & Andrew, Martha Cooney, and Town Hall. Then at 10:30 you can check out High Note Humor for stand-up from Doogie Horner, Tommy Pope, Anton Shuford, Aaron Hertzog and Kevin Hurley.

Saturday night will bring back the Laughs on Fairmount Showcase to The Urban Saloon. Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski have branched off their weekly open mic into a booked showcase featuring some of their favorite comedians. This month's show will feature Chip Chantry, Aaron Hertzog, Jim Ginty, TJ Hurley and Mike Roberts.

 

 

 


The 2011 Witout Awards Show

We announced the nominations - we opened up the voting - and now, finally, we announce the actual time and place for The 2011 Witout Awards. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, downstairs at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St. Philadelphia) the Philadelphia comedy community will come together to pat each other on the back. The show will begin at 8:00PM with the room and bar open at 7:00. Tickets will be on sale after the voting officially closes - which is Friday, December 16th - so if you haven't voted yet, what are you waiting for?


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 24

Tonight The Sideshow returns to The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St) for a night of improv comedy. Tonight's show will feature a brand new team performing for the first time, Iron Lung will be debuting a new form, and Get a Room and Fowl Play will make their Sideshow debuts.

Next Tuesday, at L'etage (624 S. 6th St.) Camp Woods brings us Camp Woods Plus - an evening of sketch comedy featuring the group and two special guests. This month the show will feature Philly sketch group Local Holiday Miracle, and 2010 ECNY "Best Sketch Comedy Group in New York" award winners Murderfist.

Last week, TU Comedy, Temple University's stand-up comedy club put on a show at Pub Webb on campus. The show featured six members of the club, plus James Hesky and Aaron Hertzog, two Temple alumni. City Paper's Critical Mass blog wrote an article about the show here.

New York comedy/ sex show Paid or Pain is coming to Philadelphia and is looking for performers. Paid or Pain is a show where comedians perform and the crowd votes whether to pay the comedian, or have them tortured by their "house dominatrix." The show will feature a burlesque act, sex toy giveaways, and sex therapy with a special guest comedian. Sound like fun? interested comedians can send their clips and info to paidorpain@gmail.com

Another reminder that voting is ongoing for The 2011 Witout Awards. Any member of the Philadelphia Comedy Community can take the survey and vote for their favorite performers, bits, and shows of the past year.


Vote for the 2011 Witout Awards

The nominations have been announced - and the nominees have been written about - now it is time to vote for The 2011 Witout Awards. Remember, voting is only for those involved in Philadelphia Comedy as a performer, promoter, director, etc.

Click here to vote (part one)

Click here to vote (part two)

Announcements will be made soon about date, time, and location of The 2011 Witout Awards show.


The 2011 Witout Awards: Best One Time Show

The Roast of Meg Favreau

It's a funny tradition comedians have - when they want to honor someone they do it by saying the most terrible things they can think of about them, and all their friends. Before Meg Favreau moved to Los Angeles, Philadelphia made sure they gave her the proper send-off (you can see for yourself on PHIT's YouTube Account)

The Trashing of Luke Giordano

Luke Giordano also left Philadelphia for Los Angeles this year, but on much shorter notice. With a quick turn around time, Luke's friends put together a "trashing" of him - where they planned to make fun of his writing and stand-up work. Some of them did, but for most - it was just a good, old-fashioned roast. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Hate Speech Hall's Jesus is Really Galactus

Did you remember that the world was supposed to end this year? It didn't - but if it would have there was no better place to be on the front lines of the world's demise than Hate Speech Hall (the name given to the apartment shared by Brendan Kennedy, JP Boudwin, and Billy Thompson). An open mic/ open house in their living room that brought out a full house of Philly's funniest to laugh, drink, and possibly die together.

The Theme Show Presents: The Twilight Zone

It happened with Bedtime Stories and it's happening with The Theme Show - sometimes a theme just hits everyone perfectly - and the audience is treated to a night of extra inspired comedy. This was the case with the most recent Theme Show - where performers based their acts on the theme of The Twilight Zone. Ironic twist endings, Rod Serling impressions, and more than one reference to Vampires kept the audience laughing throughout the night.

The Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition

For the second straight year The Feeko Brothers took home the trophy for Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia - but not before the night was filled with raunchy, dirty, depraved, and hilarious sketches from not only Philadelphia groups, but some of the visitors in town for Philly Sketch Fest. The Dirtiest Sketch competition has been a great night of Philadelphia comedy since it's days at The Khyber, and this year was no different.

 


The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Regular Show

Chip Chantry's One Man Show (With Special Guests)

When Don Montry decided to end the run of his show Die Actor Die at The Khyber he handed the reigns over to the very capable Chip Chantry who continued the tradition of a Monday night variety show on stage at the Old City bar. When The Khyber decided to change their plans and eliminate live shows, Chip took his show to Philly Improv Theater, where it has flourished ever since. Mixing stand-up, sketch, improv, characters and games, Chip Chantry's One Man Show (with Special Guests) is one of the places crowds get to see the best of all genres of Philadelphia comedy.

The Gross Show

Alex Gross' mock Trash Talk show has been grossing audiences out at Philly Improv Theater since its' premiere earlier this year. A mix of characters, written bits, and improv, The Gross Show takes the best of the worst of human behavior and displays it for crowds ready and eager to laugh at how low down and dirty the minds of Philadelphia's funniest people can get.

Guilty Pleasures

Part of PHIT's appropriately named "found comedy night" Guilty Pleasures is a platform for host Brendan Kennedy to call people out for their bullshit on stage. Brendan loves to find the best examples of terrible writing and have some of Philly's funniest people read the scripts for an audience with hilarious results. Brendan's also found the perfect sidekick in Roger C. Snair - willing to rap on stage, write his own scripts for the show - and participate in reading of rewritten "classic" movie scenes, tailored just for him by Brendan.

The Ministry of Secret Jokes

Doogie Horner's monthly Ministry of Secret Jokes has been one of the best nights of comedy Philadelphia has to offer for years. Doogie packs the show with not only great stand-up and sketch comedy but games, contests, and audience participation. The show is run like a meeting of a secret society, and Doogie often opens his shows by having the audience recite an oath that they will not reveal what they see to anyone. Judging by the packed in crowds upstairs at Fergie’s every month, many people have been breaking that oath.

The Theme Show

Rob Baniewicz hosts this monthly show with various acts all doing their take on one common theme. The successor to Gregg Gethard's Bedtime Stories, The Theme Show is a great chance for audiences to see the variety that comes when different groups get the same general topic and are allowed to let their imaginations roam free. It's always a treat to see how performers approach the theme and where they find humor in the topic of the month.

TV Party

Rob Baniewicz and Paul Triggiani get together on stage at Philly Improv Theater every month and have a TV Party. They find the best worst television from the past available and present it to a crowd full of often drunk and always eager fans waiting to laugh – both at the shows and with the hilarious commentary provided by the two. Paired perfectly with Guilty Pleasures on PHIT's "found comedy" night, TV Party brings to the stage an experience we all have - laughing at things that weren't necessarily meant to be funny.