1st Annual F. Harold Festival kicks off tonight

06/07/2011

Tonight marks the start of the first annual F. HAROLD FESTIVAL at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5. Created and produced by RICK HORNER, the event features six days of local comedy, including improv, sketch and standup. The idea behind the event is to create a showcase exposition where audiences can delight in a cross section of talent, discovering new up-and-comers as well as reconnecting with old favorites.

Tickets are available by the night ($10), or for the entire week ($25).

TUESDAY, JUNE 7TH
6:00 John Kensil
6:30 The Hendersons
7:00 Rosen & Milkshake
7:30 Carolyn Busa
8:00 Grimmachio
8:30 Ryan Carey
9:00 Really Big Show
9:30 Aaron Hertzog

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8TH
6:00 Luke Giordano
6:30 Shannon’s (Not Really) Standing Up
7:00 Better Than Bacon
7:30 Atomic Love
8:00 Saving Lupin
8:30 Ebony & Ivory
9:00 Alex Grubard
9:30 Becca Trabin

THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH
6:00 Dum, Dum, Stupid & Dum
6:30 Rick Adams
7:00 Rintersplit
7:30 The Averagazzi Present: Zanni Which Way You Can
8:00 Camp Woods
8:30 Whipsuit
9:00 Dave Terruso
9:30 The Feeko Brothers
10:00 Hate Speech Committee

FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH
6:00 Miniboss
6:30 Pasionés de Pasionés
7:00 Iron Lung
7:30 Jessica Tandy
8:00 King Friday
8:30 Mayor Karen
9:00 CUBED
9:30 Asteroid!
10:00 Fletcher

SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH
6:00 The Dream Machine
6:30 Rookie Card
7:00 Horner & Davis
7:30 Adrift
8:00 The Amie & Kristen Show
8:30 MattAnd
9:00 Jess Carpenter
9:30 Brick
10:00 Medic!!

SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH
6:00 The N Crowd
6:30 Toy Soldiers
7:00 Vorlauf
7:30 Beirdo
8:00 Where’s Hillary?
8:30 Angry People Building Things
9:00 Hans Gruber

F. HAROLD COMEDY FESTIVAL
WALNUT ST THEATRE, STUDIO 5
825 WALNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA
JUNE 7-12


DÜOFEST is upon us!

05/30/2011

Hey there duo fans! The wait is just about over… DÜOFEST kicks off this week, and boy oh boy are there some exciting pairings on board. The producers have put together quite an assortment, including local talent like Grimmacchio, Jessica Tandy, Matt&, BWP, Kristen & Amie Show, Suggestical and others, along with visitors the likes of Rachel & Dave, The Cascade, Trotsky & Hutch, Red Letters, Hodapp & Rothwell, Banana Breakup and a very exciting Messing w/ a Friend featuring Susan Messing joined by Christina Gausus. There will also be a number of special pairings that are either new, rarely seen, or assembled just for Düofest… like Jadico Fowler and Michael Loves Greg.

Full festival passes are already sold out, and rumor has it that day passes are quite limited at this point. You can find out more details about ticket options at the Düofest website. Now, let’s get to the lineup!!!

THURSDAY, JUNE 2ND
7:02 pm: Rosen & Milkshake + Grandma Hates Technology
8:02 pm: Upstate + Grimmacchio
9:02 pm: Mañez + Dave and Ethan
10:02 pm: Acid Bath + Hans Gruber

FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD
7:02 pm: BWP + Jadico Fowler
8:02 pm: Michael Loves Greg + Jessica Tandy
9:02 pm: The Nathan & Joe Show + Matt&
10:02 pm: Justin Bobby + Trotsky & Hutch
11:02 pm: Evan the Loyal + Listen, Kid!

SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH
6:02 pm: RuBin + OJ in a Sippy Cup
7:02 pm: Red Letters + Suggestical
8:02 pm: The Cascade + Rachel and Dave
9:02 pm: The Kristen & Amie Show + Trike
10:02 pm: Messing with a Friend (feat. Christina Gausus)
11:02 pm: We’re Matt Weir + Banana Breakup

SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH
6:02 pm: Hot and Modest + Kait and Andrew
7:02 pm: Sisser + Horner & Davis
8:02 pm: Manthorne & the Baron + Dictionary Soup
9:02 pm: Hodapp and Rothwell + Dangerous Fools

All shows are at the Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Information about individual groups, tickets, planned excursions, parties and workshops can be found at http://www.duofest.com


Who’s up for a Gross holiday?

05/30/2011

We’re facing some record high temperatures this holiday weekend. Folks are out and about, enjoying block parties, barbeques and other celebrations. For those looking for a little break from the heat and want to end their long weekend with perhaps a bit of disturbed laughter, the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER aims to cure what ails you with it’s raucous and unruly GROSS SHOW.

Readers are likely already familiar with host ALEX GROSS and his unbelievably debasing assortment of talk show guests. In the last show alone we saw a bevy of sexed up Disney princesses, a trio of passionate rapists and a frightening collection of other misfit characters. Rumor has it tonight’s show will feature the always hilarious Roger C. Snair as well as the riotous Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, amongst other surprises. So head on out and leave at least a little uncomfortable.

FASTBALL PITCHER BOB GUTIERREZ

THE GROSS SHOW
MONDAY, MAY 30 @ 8PM
PHIT AT THE SHUBIN | 407 BAINBRIDGE ST
$10 | $5 w/ PASSWORD “MEATSPIN”


Fletcher to debut new recurring show

05/18/2011

Local improv group FLETCHER, one of the original PHIT House Teams, will be starting up a new recurring show in South Philly at the Arts Parlor. FLETCHER & FRIENDS will feature a set from the group as well as a couple from some other local talent. In their debut show, they will be joined by KING FRIDAY and IRON LUNG.

FLETCHER & FRIENDS
THURSDAY, MAY 19 @ 8PM
THE ARTS PARLOR, 1170 S BROAD ST
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION


Promo trailer for Stage Fright – closing this weekend

04/26/2011

Using clips from the show on Saturday, 4/23 (a show inspired by a library and spiders), here’s a promo trailer for STAGE FRIGHT: AN IMPROVISED HOMAGE TO HITCHCOCK – giving you a taste of what the shows have been like. The show closes this Sunday, so you only have three chances to see a new Hitchcockian story improvised just for you.

STAGE FRIGHT: AN IMPROVISED HOMAGE TO HITCHCOCK
FRI – SUN THROUGH MAY 1 @ 8PM (BAR OPENS AT 7PM
LATVIAN SOCIETY (7TH & SPRING GARDEN)


Video: The Roast of Meg Favreau

03/24/2011

Monday night during CHIP CHANTRY’S ONE MAN SHOW, the night was dedicated to roasting one of Philadelphia’s dearest darlings… MEG FAVREAU, who soon departs for Los Angeles.

For those who are kicking themselves for missing it, the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER was kind enough to get the whole thing on video for posterity.

Below is the start of the roast. You can check out the rest in 14 parts on PHIT’s YouTube channel


Stage Fright happy hour fundraiser tonight

03/24/2011

This evening from 5-7, join the cast of STAGE FRIGHT as they raise funds towards their improvised homage to Hitchcock.

The event will be hosted at Chris’ Jazz Cafe – bartender and Stage Fright cast member ROB CUTLER will be joined behind the bar by fellow castmate ALLI SOOWAL. They’ll be serving up delicious concoctions, including vertigo martinis!

There will be discounted advanced tickets available, and a raffle that includes all kinds of fun prizes. So come on out!

STAGE FRIGHT HAPPY HOUR FUNDRAISER
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 5-7PM
CHRIS’ JAZZ CAFE, 1421 SANSOM ST


Video Sneak Peek: The Gross Show

03/21/2011

Many of you might already be familiar with THE GROSS SHOW… one the newest and more lively additions to the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER‘s roster of recurring shows. For those still unacquainted, the live show takes aim at the most odd, extreme or unbelievable among our species with a Jerry Springer-esque slant. Host ALEX GROSS brings audiences into a world where taboo is typical and relationships have a bit of an edge to them. The show garnered so much attention in it’s first few runnings – the antics raised to such levels – that it had to be given a new night.  I think those that have seen it would agree that words somehow fail in adequately trying to explain this show to you. So instead, enjoy this little reel of moments past:

 

You can catch THE GROSS SHOW Tuesday, March 29th at 8:30PM. More info


Do This Now: Top 5 Edition

03/16/2011

Get tickets for STAGE FRIGHT on the cheap. Tickets will be available through the run of this Hitchcockian tribute, but instead of paying top dollar at the door, get them before March 24th and save 50%.

4 – Get tickets for the N CROWD Anniversary Show. Nearly every show in 2011 has been sold out. The six year celebration at the RUBA Hall on April 22nd shouldn’t be any different. Get them before they’re gone.

3 – Submit to DÜOFEST. March 22nd is the absolute last day to submit to this one-of-a-kind comedy festival. Get your stuff together and get it in. T-minus six days.

2 – Confirm your PHIT house team audition slot. The Philly Improv Theater is looking to expand their ranks with two new teams under the direction of MATT HOLMES and KRISTEN SCHIER. Slots for the open audition on March 27th are still available but limited.

1 – Get tickets for the Roast of MEG FAVREAU. Forget Trump or Hasselhoff… Philly comedians know how to roast their own, and if last year’s roast of Kent Haines was any indicator, then Meg will be taking some big hits and snapping back strong before she departs for LA. This will be packed. Period.


Tonight: SFIT Fun-draiser for Amie & Kristen Show

02/11/2011

In the short time since its inception, the ladies of the AMIE & KRISTEN SHOW have garnered a nice little following and high praise for their organic, rooted-in-the-now playing style. After cutting their teeth playing around the East Coast, AMIE ROE and KRISTEN SCHIER are now westbound… for the SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF IMPROVISED THEATER (SFIT).

To offset some of the heavy cost burdens associated with doing a trans-continental journey for a comedy show, they are having a fundraiser show tonight at the ACTORS CENTER in Old City. They will be joined by improv friends MEDIC and IRON LUNG for a few hours of laughs, from which the proceeds will appreciatively help them “not be broke.”

L to R: Amie Roe, Kristen Schier

I had a chance to chat with the ladies about tonight’s fundraiser and their impending trip.

PHILLYIMPROV: With both A&KS and MattAnd performing at SFIT, this is the first time Philadelphia has been represented there. What are you looking forward to?

AMIE ROE: Wearing flannel shirts and listening to grunge! They still do that there, right?

KRISTEN SCHIER: We’re proud to be a selection… Mostly looking forward to going to the fest for the first time. I know only a few of the acts, and if they are any indication the festival will be a lot to watch and learn from.

PI: What about your show are you most excited to share with audiences?

KS: I am excited to share knowledge about the talented Philly scene…

AR: …bring a tiny piece of the amazing improv and comedy scene that’s developing here in Philadelphia to another city.  It’s an honor whenever you’re selected to appear in any festival, and a real privilege to be an ambassador for Philly comedy.

KS: And have a blast doing our girlish romp of a show!

PI: Anything you can share about tonight’s show?

KS: (Tonight) is about being thankful for anyone who is willing to come and see our show… Any money we raise will be received with much graditude.

AR: We’re going to look really hot.  I’ve been running a bunch and exfoliating… plus I got a hair cut two weeks ago, and I know my girl Kristen has been rocking the WiiFit.

KS: It’s about showing of some of Philly’s newest improv acts.

AR: We’ll be joined on stage by Medic, a collection of some of the most talented PHIT house team members, and Iron Lung, a brand new team that formed out of a PHIT level 201 class that I just taught.

KS: Iron Lung and Medic will be fantabulous!

The Amie & Kristen Show (Fantabulous) Fun-draiser Show begins tonight (2/11) at 10PM at the Actors Center, 257 N Third St. Tickets are $10 at the door. Additional information available here.