Schedule announced for 2010 Philadelphia Improv Festival

Now in its sixth year, the PHILADELPHIA IMPROV FESTIVAL is expanding in some big ways this November. In addition to partnering with the Philly Sketchfest and the Philadelphia Joke Initiative to create Comedy Month, the improv festival itself is branching out to include a full week of programming and is set to present shows on multiple stages. The mainstage for this year will be the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (2111 Sansom St), with secondary shows held at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square).

Highlights throughout PHIF include acts from cities all across the country, including Extra-Strength and BillyHawk from iO West in Los Angeles, Atlanta’s Einstein Meets Elvis, Detroit’s Simply Coney and ImprovBoston’s Mainstage show, as well as a large and exciting collection of groups from around the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

PHIF will also boast an assortment of local acts including critically acclaimed groups like Ladies & Gentlemen, M@& and Fletcher, an indeed rare full-cast appearance of Rare Bird Show, six-time Cagematch Champions The Ones Your Moms Warned You About and 2010 Troika Champs, Pasiónes de Pasiónes.

An exciting theme emerging in 2010 is also a myriad of multi-city shows that put groups of improvisers together that normally can’t be seen anywhere else. Musical group Vox Pop features players from DC and New York. Former Philadelphian Tom Fowler returns from LA to perform with local fave Mary Carpenter, reprising their highly praised duo, Dangerous Fools. Players from Philadelphia, Chicago, LA, Boston, DC and Atlanta will be jumping in the raft for Adrift. Finally, two improv legends, David Razowsky from LA and Joe Bill from Chicago, will join one another onstage for the first ever festival performance of Razowsky & Bill.

Here’s a full rundown of the schedule:

MONDAY 11/1

Comedy Month Opening Night Reception

TUESDAY 11/2

7:30PM – MAINSTAGE
Pasiónes de Pasiónes
The N Crowd

9:00PM – MAINSTAGE
The Ones Your Moms Warned You About
BWP
Ladies & Gentlemen


WEDNESDAY 11/3

7:30PM – MAINSTAGE
The Cascade
The Dogs Bollocks
M@&

9:00PM – MAINSTAGE
Cubed
The Moving Walkways
ComedySportz Philly: Improvised Shakespeare


THURSDAY 11/4

7:30PM – MAINSTAGE
Herschel
Fletcher
Strippers Picnic

9:00PM – MAINSTAGE
Marbles
Marjean
Rare Bird Show


FRIDAY 11/5

7:00PM – MAINSTAGE
DCUP
Plan B
Einstein Meets Elvis

7:30PM – ETHICAL SOCIETY
Lekker
Extra-Strength

8:30PM – MAINSTAGE
Leo Callahan
Identity Theft
Vox Pop

9:00PM – ETHICAL SOCIETY
Dangerous Fools
Razowsky & Bill

10:00PM – MAINSTAGE
The Imposters
Simply Coney
Red Dragon
Hello Laser


SATURDAY 11/6

7:00PM – MAINSTAGE
Bombardo
Adrift
Gus

8:30PM – MAINSTAGE
Trike
Jaye Stays
BillyHawk

10:00PM – MAINSTAGE
Real Housewives of Philadelphia
Surf ‘n Turf
ImprovBoston Mainstage
All Star Show


SUNDAY 11/7

College Night

Tickets go on sale next week, and range from $10 for a single show, up to $100 for a full Comedy Month Pass. Visit the PHIF website for more details.

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One Response to Schedule announced for 2010 Philadelphia Improv Festival

  1. Liz says:

    Just want to mention the venue: PHILADELPHIA SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, 2111 SANSOM ST, PHILALDELPHIA!

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