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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Video: Space Savers!

06/08/2010

Here’s a new video from local comedian JASON MESSINA.

Having trouble saving your space? Sammy’s Stuff To Save Your Space With Space Savers might have something that can help…


Final show for Men About Town this Thursday

04/29/2009

This Thursday MEN ABOUT TOWN will take the stage for the last time:

Join Corey, Alli and Matt as we bid farewell to nearly four years of shows with an evening of special guests and one final performance.

Throughout our run, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to play some amazing venues and events, including many shows at the Philly Improv Theater, CAGEMATCH, off-Broadway at the NYC Sketch-a-thon, the Philadelphia Improv Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Dirty South Improv Festival, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Del Close Marathon and at the historic Trocadero Theatre. To the many who have invited us on to their stages, we thank you. It’s been a blast.

We’d like to send a special thanks to all those who have come out to support our shows through the years. We invite you to come laugh with us one more time. You bring the movie line and we’ll bring the madness.

Special guests will include TWO GUIDOS & TRAFFIC JELLY. Be sure to come on out and say goodbye!

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MEN ABOUT TOWN: THE FINAL BLACKOUT
THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH @ 8PM
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST
$10 AT THE DOOR | BYOB W/ID


New Sixth Borough show debuts this week

04/01/2009

Join local sketch group the Sixth Borough as they present their new show, Depression Isn’t Just a River In Egypt, premiering this week at Connie’s Ric Rac. The show will run for three nights and features all new material.

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The Sixth Borough is Corey Cohen, Patrick Kelly, Emily McGraw, Jason Messina & Tabitha Vidaurri.

THE SIXTH BOROUGH: DEPRESSION ISN’T JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT
APRIL 1ST, 3RD & 4TH | 8PM | $10 – BYOB
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH STREET


STEAL THIS SHOW Comes Back For More

12/12/2008

This Friday night Connie’s Ric Rac will feature a new installment of Steal This Show, the ambitious comedy showcase that first hit Philly last month. It’s the brainchild of host Corey Cohen, who’s done a few things around town that you might have seen.

Having performed with Corey in a couple groups, I’m already a big fan the comedy he puts together. But if you think me a bit partial…Meg Favreau offers up her recommendation over at Not For Tourists. And if you’ve seen her perform, you know you can trust her on what’s funny.

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NOT PICTURED: COREY COHEN

The show will feature live performances by the Sixth Borough, Dave Walk and Gregg Gethard, videos from the Feeko Brothers, Pat Kelly’s Fantabulous Quiz Show and the Non-Denominational Holiday Fun Brigade.
STEAL THIS SHOW
Friday, 12/12 @ 8pm
Connie’s Ric Rac | 1132 S. 9th Street
(Btwn. Washington and Ellsworth)
BYOB, $10

Steal This Show: Philly is Phunny Again – by John Steele

11/25/2008

Originally published on NBC10.com’s About Town section

Time was, our sports teams never won, cultural references were nowhere to be found and parts of the city looked like rotting corpses.

Philadelphia has long been the butt of a joke that everyone was laughing at but us. But with a revitalized film industry, a new mayor, an emboldened youth population and the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphians are ready for some laughs of our own.

And finding one has never been easier. FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is a national sensation. And with clubs like Helium and the Laff House drawing national acts and comedy troupes eschewing the normal career path of New York/L.A. wannabes for hometown hero status, Philly is phunny. And its comedians are ready to prove it.

No one knows the dues-paying, pavement-pounding struggle of hustling yuks to a city that often has a tough time laughing at itself better than Corey Cohen. As a member of The Sixth Borough, he and his mates explored Philly’s identity crisis, provincial nature and tough edge with raucous sketches and performances on stages across the city. Now Cohen is back, contributing the newest addition to the burgeoning Philly alt-comedy scene, Steal This Show.

Cohen’s bi-monthly comedy revue contains appearances by stand-up comedians, sketch comedians, musicians, and even a quiz show. And all for just $5. The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach should suit potential attendees just fine, as they are likely to get more bang for their buck.

And what better place to poke fun at Philly’s gruff, housecoat-wearing homers than Connie’s Ric Rac, the first art house to hit the Italian Market. As everyone knows, the Italian Market is where Philly stereotypes reside; a neighborhood full of pride, soul and unintended irony. In short, the place is rife for parody.

Started as an electronics store and later used as a storage space, Connie’s Ric Rac has since become the doing of Connie’s son. More an artistic collective than a performance space, the Ric Rac hosts seminars for would-be comedians, musicians and artists. With Steal This Show, the Ric Rac brings nightlife to a neighborhood decidedly low on performance-based entertainment. And with a $5 price tag, BYOB rules and a shared refrigerator in place of a liquor license, it does so in true South Philly style.

If you are happy being the butt of the joke from Staten Island to San Francisco, then by all means, forget we had this talk. But if you are ready to see Philly draw some laughs of our very own, come out to the Ric Rac this Friday, Nov. 28. Help put Philly on the comedy map once more.


Click This: Comic vs. Audience Interview with The Sixth Borough

02/01/2008

Dave over at Comic Vs. Audience recently sat down with sketch comedy group The Sixth Borough for a conversation on their upcoming show, Saving Philly’s Soul and to find out a little about what makes them tick.

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INTERVIEW: The Sixth Borough


The Sixth Borough will be performing their new show, “Saving Philly’s Soul”, presented by the Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theatre (407 Bainbridge St.) Fri. 2/1 at 8PM, Sat. 2/2 at 10PM, Fri. 2/8 at 8PM and Sat. 2/9 at 10PM