News in Brief

12/17/2010

Keeping you up to date on what’s going on in comedy

  • The resignation of editor Brian Howard isn’t the only change over at CityPaper… RYAN CAREY of Critical Mass has started a new weekly look at Philadelphia’s comedy scene, LOL With It. And in his inaugural post, he chats with none other than CHIP CHANTRY.
  • Some exciting news from CHRIS COTTON and the gang at CENTER CITY COMEDY. LLC papers have been filed and they’ve made it official. Congratulations!
  • The schedule for NCCAF (North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival) has been posted. Seven Philadelphia improv groups have been slated to perform – Jessica Tandy, Rintersplit, Adrift, The Ones, N Crowd, Cubed & Rookie Card… as well as four sketch groups – Camp Woods, Bare Hug, Emily & Micah McGraw and Meg & Rob (with 2 shows!) and also stand up Aaron Hertzog. My apologies if I missed any locals while scanning the list.
  • And across the country on the same weekend, more Philly comedians will be tearing it up at SFIT (Seattle Festival of Improv Theater). Making their SFIT debuts will be the Amie & Kristen Show as well as MattAnd.

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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.

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Update on Phillys Phunniest

07/12/2010

The preliminary round of Philly’s Phunniest competition resumed this past weekend at Helium after a holiday hiatus the week prior. Of the comics performing this past week, Roger Weaver, Pat House, Brendan Kennedy and Doogie Horner move on to round two. Congratulations!

Preliminaries continue this Sunday, where over a dozen comics look to snag a spot moving forward, with Sydney Gantt, Chris Cotton and Billy Bob Thompson among them.

PHILLY’S PHUNNIEST ROUND 1 CONT…
SUNDAY, JULY 18TH @ 7PM
HELIUM COMEDY CLUB | 2031 SANSOM ST
TICKETS: $10-$15


PJIs Open Mic Sandwich

05/25/2010

Every month, the PHILADELPHIA JOKE INITIATIVE presents OPEN MIC SANDWICH. The free show, hosted by TOMMY HIGHLAND, features an hour of open mic surrounded by full sets from established comics.

Performers this month include CHRIS COTTON & AARON HERTZOG. Be sure to get there early tomorrow night to sign up!

PJIs OPEN MIC SANDWICH
UPSTAIRS @ FERGIES | 1214 SANSOM ST
WED, MAY 28TH | SIGNUP: 8PM, SHOW: 8:30PM
FREE


Tonight: PHIT welcomes WAINF and Guilty Pleasures

05/06/2009

PHIT Week continues tonight with two of my favorite shows in the city. A cool ten dollars will get you a whole night of comedy awesome…

8PM – WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS?!? WITH KENT HAINES
Philadelphia’s only live talk show explores the successes and failures of some of the city’s funniest comedians. This month Kent welcomes Steve Gerben and sketch group Secret Pants.

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10PM – GUILTY PLEASURES WITH BRENDAN KENNEDY
The show that takes care to select only the worst of screenplays, shorts and various written fodder, and pairs them with only the best comedic talent. Brendan has his tongue planted so firmly in cheek with this show, it’ll make your cheeks hurt too.  This month’s parts will be played by Chris Cotton, Roger C Snair, Richie Redding and Sidney Gantt.

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PHILLY IMPROV THEATER @ THE SHUBIN
407 BAINBRIDGE STREET

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH
8PM – WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS?!?
10PM – GUILTY PLEASURES
TICKETS $5/EA | BYOB