For the last few weeks, rumors have abound that the close of July could bring with it the end of live entertainment at the Khyber. It’s still up in the air whether the venue will be changing hands soon, or is simply looking to make a change in bookings. According to a recent chat Philebrity had with owner Stephen Simons, at the very least, the stage will be dark for the month of August.
So with the future unclear, comedian Chip Chantry looks to make this month’s One-Man Show something to remember. For what could be the final installment at the beloved venue, they’re going entirely character-based for the theme. Everyone appearing onstage will be in disguise.
Some fantastic alter-egos and characters abound in our little world of comedy, and tonight should be something pretty damn special… while potentially bidding farewell to a venue held so dear to many comedians, we might conversely see the birth of other hilarious personas the likes of Bing Supernova or Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez.
Chip has a cavalcade of comics slated to take the stage tonight, including: Johnny Goodtimes, Doogie Horner, Brendan Kennedy, Meg Favreau, John Kensil, The Feeko Brothers, Andy Nolan, Luke Giordano, Roger Weaver and more! With a lineup like that, this show already should make your must-see list. Add to that it potentially being the last installment at the place that gave birth to shows like this and Die Actor Die, and it really is the only place you should be tonight.
CHIP CHANTRY’S LAST ONE-MAN SHOW AT THE KHYBER?!?!
MONDAY, JULY 19TH @ 8:30PM
THE KHYBER | 56 S 2ND ST
$5 COVER | DRINK SPECIALS
Sketch duo MEG & ROB will be debuting their new show We Stole This Baby! next week as part of PHIT’s May shows.
For their newest endeavor, the duo presents a whole new host of characters and ridiculous situations. There’s Paul, the bear-eating weatherman with a dark secret; Sarah and Mickey, the old-timey couple caught in a surprising trap; Charles, the not-quite-Bill-Cosby ghost dad; and many more. Throughout the show, Meg & Rob’s characters are hilarious with a deep emotional core, whether they’ve just gotten divorced or are (quite literally) dead on their feet.
Meg & Rob are Meg Favreau and Rob Baniewicz, Their work has been featured in the Chicago Sketchfest, Seattle Sketchfest, Snubfest, and Boston Comedy Festival. Meg & Rob are directed by local comedy veteran and former host of Die Actor Die, DON MONTREY.
Sweepstakes from Meg & Rob on Vimeo.
MEG & ROB: WE STOLE THIS BABY!
ALSO FEATURING CUBED!
FRI, MAY 8TH & SAT, MAY 9TH @ 8PM
PHILLY IMPROV THEATER @ THE SHUBIN
407 BAINBRIDGE STREET, PHILADELPHIA
ANIMOSITY PIERRE is set to debut a new show tonight, and it’s got me excited about what they’ve got up their sleeves. Thinking back on all the shows I’ve seen them do, my favorite of their characters has probably been the rap duo Blangalangalang (aka Balal) and Footy Pajamas (aka DJ Footy PJ).
My first encounter with these comic OGs was back in January of last year at Die Actor Die when they debuted their very NSFW single, Lick That Asshole. ICYMI the first time, Comic vs Audience was kind enough to catch it on tape.
Join us in congratulating local comedian DON MONTREY (Die Actor Die, ComedySportz, Bad Hair) and his wife Kathleen on the birth of their new son, Liam Thomas Montrey. Don and Kathleen already have a 2 year-old daughter, Carlin. Liam was born yesterday at 4:06PM and is reportedly adorable.
Comic vs Audience reports that Monday marks the end of a meteoric life in the form of Don Montrey’s monthly comedy show, Die Actor Die.
The host will be doing some much deserved downshifting to focus on home life (his newest little one is due in April) and explore some new interests.
During its residency at the Khyber the show has featured a torrent of stand up and sketch comedians, was the birthplace of the Dirtiest Sketch In Philadelphia Contest and was one of the first local comedy shows to offer up a nice blend of live/video formatting. It was a quieter time for alternative comedy two years ago and Don came out of the gate with a show that really made the press take notice.
As if all this happening on stage wasn’t cool enough, some pretty remarkable things were happening behind the scenes as well. Die Actor Die quickly became the original meet-n-greet for many of the city’s talented sketch and stand up comedians. It was these early collaborations that kindled interest in ventures like the Philly SketchFest as well paving the way for shows like Bedtime Stories, the Comic Vs Audience Comedy Show and most recently Steal This Show.
Don Montrey awarding Dirtiest Sketch to 2x winners Secret Pants
The show helped spawn all this and still Don would come out every month and shine a light on some damn smart comedy in a corner where far too few had been looking.
Let’s get out to Die Actor Die on Monday and let Don know how much we appreciate what he’s done the last two years, and as usual… laugh with some really talented comedians.
Die Actor Die
Monday, 12/15 @ 8PM
The Khyber – 56 S 2nd St, Philly
FREE & FINAL SHOW
The other day I saw a piece by John Schwenkler of the Boston Globe where he compared the most popular words used in the official blogs for Obama & McCain using Wordle. It was an incredibly telling snapshot of their focus and mood.
I thought it’d be interesting to look at some of our favorite blogs and see what they’re talking about.
For our little blog here:
I’m definitely talking about shows, groups, audiences and the festival.
Comic Vs. Audience:
It looks like recently crowned Philly’s Phunniest Kent Haines, Chip Chantry and shows in August are getting the love here.
Die Actor Die:
Most everything is on an even keel here with the Daily Show, Colbert Report and the Consumerist being consistent sources for our favorite Phillyist contributor.
Not really many surprises overall, but it’s nice to see it all put together.
This weekend marks a special first in Philadelphia’s alt-comedy scene. Dave Terruso, Matt Lally & Ben Maher have come together to produce Philadelphia’s first ever Philly Sketchfest, running this Friday and Saturday at the Painted Bride.
Over the last year, events like Die Actor Die and Bedtime Stories have created not only awesome comedy, but also some excited networking between the city’s sketch comedians. The result is a culmination of talent featuring eight groups taking the stage in what promises to be two nights of exciting hilarity.
The event is hosted by comic Chip Chantry (Ministry of Secret Jokes) and features sketch groups Animosity Pierre, Bad Hair, the Gentleman’s Rotary Auxiliary, Meg & Rob, Rowan & Hastings, Secret Pants, the Sixth Borough and the Waitstaff.
Philly Sketchfest ’08
Fri, 6/6 @ 9PM | Sat, 6/7 @ 8PM & 10:30PM
Painted Bride Arts Center | 230 Vine St
DIE ACTOR DIE – It’s a comedy show!
Hosted by Don Montrey
The Rickety Stares
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd Street), 8PM, 5
Some improv and comedy related highlights from around the web:
- Check out this video of Kent Haines & Aaron Hertzog performing a sketch for Bedtime Stories‘ “Way Down in the Hole: A Comedy Tribute to ‘The Wire’ [Comic Vs. Audience]
- A new read for your bedside table – The Funniest One in the Room: The Lives and Legends of Del Close was penned by oft Python biographer and co-author of Truth In Comedy, Kim “Howard” Johnson
- 16 Agents from Improv Everywhere staged a Food Court Musical at a mall in LA
- Local comedian Don Montrey liveblogs his afternoon latte at La Colombe [Phillyist]
- Sketch comedy fans will not want to miss The Terrordome on April 18th at the M Room, featuring Animosity Pierre, Meg & Rob, Secret Pants, The Sixth Borough and Rowan & Hastings
- CHTV has a new short featuring an eulogy for an Internet commenter [BWE]
- Both Kevin Thom and Tom Hurley have some amazing photos of improvisers playing at DSIF8 a couple weeks ago.
Last week I was at Die Actor Die and caught Kent Haines set live. It was a really good time. Enjoy!
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