Team 2 takes on Operation Rookie Card tonight

09/27/2010

Some time back, we held a blind round for Troika… basically just drew names and then folks came down from the audience and did a set on the spot. It seems as though one of the trios drawn together that night had a lot of fun with it and decided to carry on with the match up. Ladies & gents…  luck of the draw brought BJ ELLIS, JESSICA SNOW and BERT ARCHER together. But playfully fun improv has kept them that way.

Now known as TEAM 2, the trio is set to debut tonight as part of the ROOKIE CARD show at the Raven Lounge. Be sure to head on down and show your support for this brand new team!

ROOKIE CARD w/ TEAM 2
MONDAY, SEPT 27TH @ 9PM
RAVEN LOUNGE 2ND FLOOR | 1718 SANSOM ST

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Sat: Troika Goes Nationwide

06/18/2010

For the last three years, TROIKA has been matching up local improvisers into trios. I created the show as a way for people to experiment with new forms and collaborate outside of their normal circles without having to invest in an entirely new project. It’s also proved to be a great way to expose fan bases to different performers.

Troika’s spawned some pretty unique and fun premise-based and concept shows… we’ve seen musicals, rock band reunions, teen sleepovers and spanish language soap operas, as well as a colorful cast of characters including clowns, librarians, puppets and even states witnesses. We’ve seen groups from Troika live on to perform well beyond their season. Early teams PONYCOAT and BRENDA were the first break outs, followed by several concerts from VELVET HELMET, leading clear up to the current CAGEMATCH champs, THE ONES YOUR MOMS WARNED YOU ABOUT.

Last month, Troika expanded beyond its normal season by shedding its competition brackets for a special “blind” edition. Tomorrow night,  the show looks to raise the bar, as it takes its first steps towards national collaboration. Improvisers from New York, Boston, DC and as far away as Los Angeles will take the stage with some of Philly’s best. They’ll form three trios never before seen on stage, and not likely to be seen again:

ROBO TRIPPING
Hannah Foell (Cambridge, MA)
Nathan Edmondson (Philadelphia, PA)
Topher Bellavia (Washington, DC)

SLACKS
Alli Soowal (Philadelphia, PA)
Luis Cortes (Los Angeles, CA)
Steve Kleinedler (Boston, MA)

FROWNTOWN
Jason Stockdale (Philadelphia, PA)
Michael McFarland (New York City, NY)
Peter Fenzel (Boston, MA)

That’s some serious comedic talent, and all I can say is, you’d best expect the unexpected. So I hope you’ll join us for a special evening that is certainly never to be duplicated.

TROIKA GOES NATIONWIDE
SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH @ 8PM
THE ACTORS CENTER | 257 N THIRD ST
$10 (CASH ONLY)


Comedy for the Weekend Warrior

05/14/2010

It’s a weekend packed full of shows, so let’s get to it…

FRIDAY
8:00PM – The N Crowd @ The Actor’s Center | $10-$15
8:00PM – Rogers & Hammerstein Are Dead @ The Latvian Society | $15
8:00PM – Adsit & Gausas w/ Activity Book @ The Adrienne | $20
10:00PM – Amie & Kristen Show w/ King Friday @ The Adrienne | $10

SATURDAY
7:30PM – ComedySportz @ The Playground | $12-$15
8:00PM – Rogers & Hammerstein Are Dead @ The Latvian Society | $15
8:00PM – Adsit & Gausas w/ Fletcher @ The Adrienne | $20
10:00PM – ComedySportz @ The Playground | $12-$15
10:00PM – Blind Troika @ The Adrienne | $10

SUNDAY
7:00PM – Incubator @ The CEC | Donations accepted


Special Edition Saturday: Blind Troika

05/14/2010

In response to the overwhelming demand of improvisers wanting to participate in Troika, we’ve created a unique opportunity for folks to still get in on the action. This Saturday night at the Adrienne, following Adsit & Gausas, there will be a special one-night-only BLIND TROIKA.

For those of you who are familiar with Troika, Saturday night will take a slight departure from the standard format. Instead of drawing teams a month ahead of time, we will be drawing three teams on the spot that night. Anyone who is interested will have their name put into the hat. We’ll draw three names and have that team perform immediately, with no preparation.

We’re relaxing the rules of cross-play, so if your name is drawn, you play… no risk of the dreaded teammate box-out. The night will have three teams, and the nine improvisers who are drawn will have the cost of their tickets refunded. The rest of the audience will get to kick back and enjoy a night of improvised comedy that is incomparably in the moment.

BLIND TROIKA | $10
PHIT @ THE ADRIENNE | 2030 SANSOM ST
SATURDAY, MAY 15TH @ 10PM


This Weekend: Adsit and Gausas at the Adrienne

05/14/2010

The PHILLY IMPROV THEATER is putting on a special weekend of shows at the Adrienne, headlined by comedic super-duo, Adsit & Gausas.

SCOTT ADSIT is well known on both the UCB and Second City stages, and has a solid following with his work on the Adult Swim show Moral Orel. However in the last few years, he is most likely recognizable for his role as Pete Hornberger on NBC’s 30 Rock.

Philadelphia native CHRISTINA GAUSAS, named one of “The 10 Funniest New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of” by New York Magazine, has been seen onstage in groups like Gravid Water and Assscat 3000, as well on the small screen in featured appearances on Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien and Important Things w/ Demetri Martin.

The duo brings their special hour-long one act of high-stakes improv to Philadelphia this weekend, which is highlighted by complicated and clever characters known to evoke both comedic and visceral reactions in audiences (TimeOut NY).

The shows on Friday and Saturday are anchored by the PHIT house teams, the Amie & Kristen Show and a special edition of Blind Troika.

PHIT @ THE ADRIENNE | 2030 SANSOM STREET

FRIDAY, MAY 14TH
8PM – ADSIT & GAUSAS w/ ACTIVITY BOOK | $20
10PM – AMIE & KRISTEN SHOW w/ KING FRIDAY | $10

SATURDAY, MAY 15TH
8PM – ADSIT & GAUSAS w/ FLETCHER | $20
10PM – BLIND TROIKA | $10


Tonight: Troika Grand Finale

05/06/2010

It’s been a hard-fought season with some incredibly tight competition, but tonight the stakes have never been higher. 27 improvisers have stepped up on stage to put it all on the line, and now the winners from each round vie for the crown. It’s Librarians vs State Witnesses vs Spanish Soap Stars – and only one trio will be called TROIKA.

R1 Winner: Meadowbrook Public Library Storybook Players
(Alan Williams, Amie Roe, Thomas Whitaker)

R2 Winner: Confidential
(N1ck G1lle77e, D@n R1ch, J@k3 B3ck3rm@n)

R3 Winner: Pasiónes de Pasiónes
(Mike Marbach, Ralph Andracchio, Andy Moskowitz )

TROIKA: GRAND FINALE
THU, MAY 6TH @ 9:30PM
PHIT @ THE SHUBIN | 407 BAINBRIDGE
$10 | BYOB

Advanced tickets available through the PHIT website.


Troikapalooza: Round 3 plus The Ones

04/29/2010

Tonight’s Round 3 show will decide the last slot in the Troika Finale. Having already staked their claim are the Meadowbrook Public Library Storybook Players and Confidential. One last team will win tonight and earn a shot at being named 2010 champs. Your groups include:

DECONSTRUCTING STEVE feat. Jessica Snow, Jason Grimley & Rich Keller
THE SELF-LOVE VIDEO PODCAST feat. Gillienne Nadeau, Claire Halberstadt & Jake Alvarez
PASIONES DE PASIONES feat. Andy Moskowitz, Ralph Andracchio & Mike Marbach

The show begins at 9:30PM, and after the performances, the audience decides the winner via ballot.

Then you’ll want to stick around for a special treat. 2008 Troika faves and current Cagematch champs J, B-Libs and the Richness aka THE ONES YOUR MOMS WARNED YOU ABOUT will be doing a special FREE show at 11PM.

It’s a night of Troika past & present, and you decide the future!

TROIKAPALOOZA

TROIKA ROUND THREE – 9:30PM ($10)
THE ONES… – 11:00PM (FREE)
THURSDAY, APR 29TH
PHIT @ THE SHUBIN | 407 BAINBRIDGE