A new Cagematch champ arises

10/14/2010

Last week, newcomer JESSICA TANDY (Jessica Ross & Andy Moskowitz) took down longtime reigning champs, THE ONES YOUR MOMS WARNED YOU ABOUT at PHIT’s CAGEMATCH.

After seeing The Ones toppled after holding on to the title for the better part of the past year, I thought I’d get a bit of insight into how everyone feels about the upset…

J: “I’d say we are definitely proud of our run at the top. The loss stings a bit, especially because we had one of our best performances, but we sure went out fighting.

JESSICA: “It was an awesome night. The Ones really set the bar high and as always put on a great show, they’re one of the best teams in Philly.”

ANDY: “We’re thrilled to be the group to finally take down The Ones, and we’d be lucky to keep our streak going even half as long as they did. We we fresh and new… and with each successive show we will be less fresh and less new, so we know it’s an uphill climb.”

B-LIBS: “As for our run, I personally felt like Julius Caesar: conquering all and then holding massive orgies. So I guess that makes Jessica Tandy Brutus. ‘Et tu, Tandy.'”

JESSICA: “We were just happy to share the stage with an amazing team and debut our work. Andy and I had so much fun performing together and were really proud of our work. Winning was just the icing on the cake.”

ANDY: “I think the most important thing is for us to keep having fun and delighting and surprising each other on stage.”

Finally, THE RICHNE$$ had a final message for their groupies: “Dear Ladies, It was a fun run, but we can’t be tied down right now, girl.  We’ll see you around and all.  Remember, girl, hate the game not the playa!  Most Sinceriously – The Richne$$”


So there you go, some broken hearts, some high hopes and lots of praise and mutual respect for what were a couple of great shows. For fans of The Ones, despair not, as they’re slated to play PHIF in a couple of weeks.

As for Jessica Tandy, the duo needs to be on their game tonight if they’re going to hold on to their newly won title. They take on another newcomer, RINTERSPLINT (Joe Gates, Matt Akana & Marc Reber), at CAGEMATCH 9:30pm tonight at the Shubin.

CAGEMATCH! JESSICA TANDY v RINTERSPLINT
THURSDAY, OCT. 14TH @ 9:30PM
PHIT AT THE SHUBIN | 407 BAINBRIDGE ST

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Comedian Profile: Dan Rich

07/01/2010

Editors Note: In this segment, we step away from the stage and take a look at comedians in the Philadelphia area… Learn a little more about where they come from, what they do while not performing and of course the question we all ask ourselves… Why do we do it?

DAN RICH


Might have seen him in: Fletcher, The Ones Your Moms Warned You About

Hangs his hat in: South Philly

Stomping Grounds: Philadelphia, PA

Pays the Bills: Actor, performer, Phanstormer and food runner

Other Hobbies: reading, writing, music, movies (starting film school in the Fall), bike rides, Madonna, dancing, and taking care of my house plants

Why Improv?

Originally, I used improv to excercise my acting skills in between theater and film gigs, but now, it has become a passion.  I have fallen in love with improv’s limitless creativity, and I am addicted to the thrill of creating a show in the moment with absolutely nothing but your teammates (and a few chairs).  Besides, who doesn’t love to laugh?

If you know someone who you think should be profiled, we’d love to hear about them.


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.


Troika continues with Round 2 tonight

04/08/2010

After an  amazing 2010 debut last week, TROIKA continues tonight with Round Two.

Featured this evening are BJ Ellis, Sue Taney and John Nolan as Basil Poledouris… Jessica Ross, Jana Savini and Dan Stabb as Viewers Like You… and Dan Rich, Jake Beckerman and Nick Gillette as Confidential.

We’ll also be drawing Round Three teams during the show tonight as well. Tonights winner will advance on to face R3 winner and R1 champs, the Meadowbrook Public Library Storybook Players at the Championships on May 6th.

TROIKA: ROUND TWO
THURSDAY, APRIL 8 @ 9:30PM
PHIT @ THE SHUBIN | 407 BAINBRIDGE ST
$10 / BYOB | TICKETS


N Crowd adds 3 new members to roster

04/03/2009

The N Crowd has added three new members to the ranks of their weekly show. New to the group are Michael Cosenza, Ben Schindler & Alan Williams.

You might know Michael for his work within the local theatre community, in Tony & Tina’s Wedding, as well as a member of the former improv group Gurus of Guffaw.

Ben was an improv junkie back in high school, taking every class he could. After several years hiatus, he got the itch again and took the N Crowd’s class this past year and will soon find himself onstage with the folks that helped him scratch it.

Alan is probably know best among improvisers as a member of the PHIT team Activity Book. He’s also a well educated and travelled improvisers, having studies locally with PHIT and ComedySportz, but also with noted theaters like UCB & DSI.

The three new fellas are busy rehearsing with the N Crowd and gearing up for their debuts. Soon they’ll join recent debut Dan Rich and the rest of the ‘Crowd every Friday, 8PM at the Actor’s Center.


TROIKA: Round Three

07/07/2008

This Thursday will decide the final championship slot for Troika’s 2008 season. The winner of round three will join Auditorium and Velvet Helmet at the Grand Championship on August 14th. This round, your teams will be:

THE ONES YOUR MOMS WARNED YOU ABOUT
Brandon Libby
Dan Rich
Jason Stockdale

LIFEBOYZ
Cole Orloff
Dan Stabb
David Warick

CONNECTED
Meg Favreau
Peter Fey
Rob Baniewicz

Troika, Round Three
Thursday, July 10th
8PM – $10
Shubin Theatre


PHIT Announces First Ever House Teams

05/23/2008

The Philadelphia Improv Theater has officially announced the rosters of their brand spankin’ new house teams, and we’re super excited about both the veteran talent and the up-and-comers on these lists.

HOUSE TEAM I

directed by Rick Horner

Mike Schwartz, John Nolan, Jana Savini, Kim Breslin, Jason Stockdale, Alan Williams, Kelly Jo Little, Diana DePasquale & Sarah Goldrath

HOUSE TEAM II

directed by Scott Sheppard

Dan Rich, Rob Baniewicz, John Buseman, Kristen Schier, Gillienne Nadeau, Jay Brenner & Sam George

HOUSE TEAM III

directed by Greg Maughan

Nick Gillette, Bob Swenson, Jefferson Haynes, Meg Favreau, AJ Horan, Katie Horahan, Rob Cutler & Shane Jenkins.

In their recent newsletter, PHIT gaves us a little taste of what we can expect:

“Over the next few months you are going to come to know and love all these people… if you don’t already – and see them become a great addition to the scene. So is the rest of the country: after premiering in the Fall, our house teams will start traveling, first to the People’s Improv Theater in NYC, then to festivals all over the country!”

Congrats to all the teams, we look forward to see you take the stage!