Temple student invited to share the weekend crown


After an exhaustive search considering over a hundred hopeful auditioners, PHILLY IMPROV THEATER has confirmed that it has finalized the selection of newest members for its house teams. While the full rosters for new teams currently codenamed SHADOWFAX and BRANDYBUCK have yet to be revealed (hint: keep your eyes peeled to WitOut – which, c’mon, you should be doing anyway) PHIT did provide PhillyImprov.com with the scoop on the latest with existing house team KING FRIDAY.

King Friday will be welcoming one new member to their ranks – LAURA ABERNETHY – known here locally as the head of Temple’s FOWL PLAY.

For director AMIE ROE, casting Abernethy wasn’t much of a choice at all. “In my opinion, Laura was one of the strongest, most confident players that I saw in this round of PHIT auditions.”

Laura, already a fan, looks forward to getting thrown in the mix. “I feel sort of honored to be considered a fit for the team. I’ve really enjoyed past performances and the places the cast members take the audience. These people have definitely earned my respect and admiration, so to stand amongst them is…thrilling!”

In being the lone auditioner to be cast for an existing team, Laura is eager to become part of that collective. “I guess you could say I like King Friday’s brain…and I’m looking forward to tapping in.”

Amie thinks she’s got just what it takes to do exactly that, “She seems to have a very character-driven style that I think will add a lot to King Friday. Also, her hair is beautiful, is it not?”

Keep a look out on King Friday’s blog and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about Laura’s incorporation into the group and to get the scoop on her first performance.

ComedySportz Philly is holding auditions


COMEDYSPORTZ is Philadelphia’s longest running improv show; pleasing audiences for the last 17 years. Now’s your chance to become a part of a family that includes many of the area’s top improvisers and spans 21 cities across the US and UK. CSz will be holding auditions on Saturday, April 25th, with callbacks set for the following day.


According to their announcement:

“It’s improv, so no preparation is necessary except a willingness to be spontaneous. Improv experience is welcome, but not required—we are just as interested in raw potential. Head shots are accepted, but also not required. Some pay is involved for privately booked shows and those cast will be required to participate in a five-month training program before performing live.”

If you’re interested, you’ll need to email them to reserve an audition slot.

Audition advice from Improvoker


It’s time again for Harold Team auditions at UCBT-NY, and Ben Whitehouse at Improvoker offers up some advice to the comedic hopefuls. Included are a few tips that are usable not just for jumping through the flaming hoops of their selective process, but any time :

“One of my favorite teachers Christina Gausas always says “An improviser shows their personal style by ‘anding’.” This is extremely true for auditions situations. remember how you “and” is your signature. Only you “and” the way you do, because let’s face it “Yessing” is just agreeing with your partner’s “and.” Be sure to give really jusicy “ands.”

Audition Notice: Tongue & Groove


Male Actors 20s-30s, Tongue & Groove Improv Ensemble

“Auditions for ensemble member: Tongue & Groove creates serio-comic, reality-based improvisational theatre. We are seeking a Male Actor, 20s – 30s, to join our established ensemble. We create spontaneous scenes that explore a variety of relationships, both comic and dramatic; our characters are emotionally grounded, and inspired by truth. Ensemble members are emotionally intelligent and comfortable with physicality on stage. We’re looking for trained actors with an interest or experience in improv, or trained improvisers with acting experience. We rehearse most Thursday nights and perform sporadically throughout the year. Unpaid at this time.

For more information about the members of Tongue & Groove and reviews of our work, go to tongue-groove.com. Auditions will he held on 1/15 from 6-10pm at the Adrienne Theater at 2030 Sansom St. Actors will audition in groups and should be prepared to stay for approx. 50 minutes. Callbacks Jan 22. Please email Jenn at jennmacmillan@aspirearts.org in order to schedule an audition time.”

Click This: Comic Vs. Audience Interviews Greg Maughan


Here’s a recent interview from Comic Vs. Audience with PHIT Executive Director, Greg Maughan.

[Photo credit Kevin Thom]

They discuss improv in Philadelphia, growth at the Shubin, upcoming house team auditions and a preview of The Hoppers Hit the Road, a new musical premiering at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

PHIT House Team Auditions Next Week!


Next week the Philly Improv Theater will be holding auditions to cast its first-ever house teams. This is big news and an exciting step for the growth of improv in the city. PHIT has some ambitious plans for the teams it will be putting together. Each team will be assigned a dedicated director, receive free weekly rehearsal space, have the opportunity to perform at venues across the city like the Shubin and Fergies, as well as represent PHIT at festivals. Directors involved in this venture include PHIT Executive Director Greg Maughan, Improv Incubator Founder / PHIF Producer Rick Horner and the Arden Theatre Company’s Scott Sheppard.

Next Monday, PHIT will be auditioning folks in groups of 8 at the Arden Theatre – but if you want in, you’ll have to schedule an audition appointment by emailing PHIT with your interest no later than 5pm on Friday.

More details can be found here…