Ten days left to submit to the Philadelphia Improv Festival

07/07/2011

The window is getting narrow for you to submit your group to be apart of the 7th Annual PHILADELPHIA IMPROV FESTIVAL, taking place October 3-9 at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. PHIF once again is teaming up with Philadelphia Comedy Collective partner Philly Sketchfest and local comedians to put on Comedy Month, running through October.

Submitted groups will be considered for performance slots Wed – Sun of that week. All submissions are processed via the online form. I recommend you review the submission guidelines so you can make sure you’ve got everything together. If you still have questions after reviewing the guidelines, they can be directed to submissions@phif.org

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS SUNDAY, JULY 17TH

 

 


Disturbing video of the day

01/12/2011

Back in November, the FEEKO BROTHERS took the title of Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia during Comedy Month at the PHILLY SKETCHFEST. To be there was to experience an assault to the eyes and nose that is really quite incomparable.

For those that missed the now infamous sketch, it is with warning to the weak-stomached that we’re excited to give you the very NSFW Slow Day at the Dildo Factory:


Comedy for the Weekend Warrior

11/19/2010

Here’s a look at comedy happening in the city this weekend…

 

FRIDAY

8:00pm – Comedy Month: Very Special Ladies & Gentlemen Christmas Special | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

8:00pm – Whipsuit | O’Neals Pub, 611 S Third St

8:00pm – The N Crowd | Actors Center, 257 N Third St

8:00pm – Greg Fitzsimmons | Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St

8:30pm – Michael Shawn | Laff House, 221 South St

10:00pm – Comedy Month: ComedySportz presents Game, Set, MATCH GAME! | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

10:30pm – Greg Fitzsimmons | Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St

10:45pm – Michael Shawn | Laff House, 221 South St

 

SATURDAY

12:00pm – Comedy Month: Natl College Improv Tournament Eastern Preliminary 1 | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

2:00pm – Comedy Month: Natl College Improv Tournament Eastern Preliminary 2 | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

4:00pm – Comedy Month: Natl College Improv Tournament Eastern Preliminary 3 | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

6:00pm – Comedy Month: Natl College Improv Tournament Eastern Preliminary 4 | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

7:30pm – ComedySportz | Playground @ Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St

8:00pm – Rosen & Milkshake w/ Pro B | Vesuvio, 736 S Eighth St

8:00pm – Greg Fitzsimmons | Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St

8:00pm – Michael Shawn | Laff House, 221 South St

9:00pm – Comedy Month: Natl College Improv Tournament Eastern Regional Finals | Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St

10:00pm – ComedySportz | Playground @ Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St

10:00pm – Michael Shawn | Laff House, 221 South St

10:30pm – Greg Fitzsimmons | Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St

11:55pm – Michael Shawn | Laff House, 221 South St

 

SUNDAY

7:00pm – The Famous International Comedy Show | Q-Ba Lounge, 1176 N Third St

8:00pm – Comedy Hip-Nosis w/ Justin Tranz | Laff House, 221 South St


Last week of Comedy Month underway

11/16/2010

Posts have been lacking the last few weeks, as I’ve been otherwise occupied deep in the hilarity of the Philadelphia Comedy Collective’s COMEDY MONTH. Both the PHILADELPHIA IMPROV FESTIVAL and the PHILLY SKETCHFEST enjoyed incredible acts playing to record audiences. Recaps of those weeks will be coming soon.

Last night kicked of the final week of Comedy Month, with selections from the PHILADELPHIA JOKE INITIATIVE entitled These Guys Are Good Vol 1. We saw the comedic illusions and body manipulations of flexible comedian JONATHAN BURNS. THOMAS CHOINACKY gave audiences a taste of his obsession with an excerpt from his show Thomas is Titanic. Finally, UN Ambassador and Nobel Laureate BUDDY FELCH dropped jaws with tales of his experiences with Ghandi, the Dalai Lama and other high profile figures. The evening was hosted by the incredibly funny CHRIS COTTON.

The fun continues next with These Guys Are Good Vol 2. In the hopper for tonight are videos and sketches from I’D RATHER BE HERE PRODUCTIONS, the musical comedy stylings of TODD CHAPPELLE, and variety show comedy from 2 DUDES & A DUDE (featuring former 6th Borough sketchers COREY COHEN & JASON MESSINA).

Here’s a look at the rest of PJI Week:

TUESDAY
8PM: THESE GUYS ARE GOOD VOL 2

WEDNESDAY
8PM: NED TALKS

THURSDAY
8PM: THE N CROWD GOES LONG
10PM: COMEDY GONE BAD

FRIDAY
8PM: PREVIEW – A VERY LADIES & GENTLEMEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
10PM: COMEDYSPORTZ PRESENTS GAME, SET, MATCH GAME!

SATURDAY
CIF’S NATIONAL COLLEGE IMPROV TOURNAMENT
12PM, 2PM, 4PM & 6PM: EASTERN REGIONAL PRELIMINARIES
9PM: EASTERN REGIONAL FINALS

All shows are held at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St in Center City Philadelphia.

Mixing sketch, stand-up, film, music, education, parody and a healthy dose of competition, this eclectic last week is the perfect topper to what has been an incredible Comedy Month. Come join us as PJI explores the bizarre and surreal corners of today’s comedy.

Tickets and additional information


Philadelphia Improv Festival tickets and workshops on sale

10/15/2010

Tickets and workshops have gone on sale for the 6th annual PHILADELPHIA IMPROV FESTIVAL, kicking off the first week of COMEDY MONTH. This year, the festival will operate on two stages… the Mainstage and bulk of the shows will take place at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St. Friday will also include a set of special shows taking place at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square.

More info on tickets and workshops are below…

Tickets

Tickets are available in a variety of options to suit your needs. You can purchase a ticket for a single block of shows ($10), as well as passes for a whole night ($25), for the run of PHIF ($60), or even for all of Comedy Month ($100)! Tickets are available at: http://phif.org/tickets.html

Performers get access to all Mainstage shows for free, on a standby basis. For any performers wanting to guarantee seating for any particular show, PHIF is offering block tickets at a 50% discount (discount is not valid for passes).

PHIF also has two sets of shows at the Ethical Society on Friday 11/5… First up, Lekker from Baltimore opens for iO West’s EXTRA-STRENGTH. Then later, comedy duo Dangerous Fools, featuring Philadelphia’s Mary Carpenter and LA’s Thomas Fowler open for the festival’s main act… David Razowsky & Joe Bill. These two old friends and comedy veterans join up for the first time ever on a festival stage! Tickets for these shows are also $10 (passes are not valid – a separate ticket is required), and performers can use their 50% discount for these shows as well.

Also, on Tuesday – Thursday, PHIF is extending the price of a single block ticket to include the whole night. So you can come out and enjoy lots of great comedy for one low price!

 

Workshops

Workshops are now available for registration at: http://phif.org/workshops.html

This year PHIF is offering eight different workshops from some of the best instructors in the country, including a longer Master Class co-taught by David Razowsky & Joe Bill.

PHIF is also offering a free workshop seminar about getting media attention, hosted by PHIF & NCCAF publicist Carrie Gorn. She’ll have tons of valuable information and there will be a Q&A to help you get the most out of your press efforts. There’s no registration for the seminar… just show up. But keep in mind to arrive early, as space may be limited.

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS


Your Power Improv Toolkit

w/ Joe Bill
Friday 11/5 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

It’s Funny Because It’s True
w/ Mary Carpenter & Thomas Fowler
Friday 11/5 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

Falling In Love On Stage
w/ Will Luera
Saturday 11/6 10am – 1pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

Getting Media Attention Without Committing Murder

w/ Carrie Gorn – PHIF, PCC & NCCAF Publicist
Saturday 11/6 10am – 1pm
A Special Free Workshop Seminar

Revelations!
w/ David Razowsky
Saturday 11/6 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

Uber-Agreement
w/ Jen Caldwell
Saturday 11/6 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

Playing Around – A Master Class
w/ David Razowsky & Joe Bill
Sunday 11/7 10:30am – 2:30pm
$45 Performers / $65 Non-Performers

How To Have Fun & Play Pretend Without Wanting To Shoot Yourself In the Face
w/ Matt Holmes
Sunday 11/7 3pm – 6pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers


Schedule announced for 2010 Philadelphia Improv Festival

10/05/2010

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.


Duos Part Dos Sketchfest Fundraiser at Helium

07/27/2010

Wednesday evening, the PHILLY SKETCHFEST presents the second annual installment its fundraiser, DUOS PART DOS at Helium Comedy Club. The show will feature sketches from ANIMOSITY PIERRE, music from EMILY & MICAH and modern vaudeville from THE CHRIS & PAUL SHOW.

Hosted by CAROLYN BUSA, proceeds from the evening will benefit the 2010 Philly Sketchfest, a member of the newly minted PHILADELPHIA COMEDY COLLECTIVE and part of COMEDY MONTH, taking place this November. Tickets are $12-$17 plus a two item minimum.

PHILLY SKETCHFEST: DUOS PART DOS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 @ 8PM
HELIUM COMEDY CLUB | 2031 SANSOM ST
$12-$17 IN ADVANCE OR AT THE DOOR