DÜOFEST is upon us!


Hey there duo fans! The wait is just about over… DÜOFEST kicks off this week, and boy oh boy are there some exciting pairings on board. The producers have put together quite an assortment, including local talent like Grimmacchio, Jessica Tandy, Matt&, BWP, Kristen & Amie Show, Suggestical and others, along with visitors the likes of Rachel & Dave, The Cascade, Trotsky & Hutch, Red Letters, Hodapp & Rothwell, Banana Breakup and a very exciting Messing w/ a Friend featuring Susan Messing joined by Christina Gausus. There will also be a number of special pairings that are either new, rarely seen, or assembled just for Düofest… like Jadico Fowler and Michael Loves Greg.

Full festival passes are already sold out, and rumor has it that day passes are quite limited at this point. You can find out more details about ticket options at the Düofest website. Now, let’s get to the lineup!!!

7:02 pm: Rosen & Milkshake + Grandma Hates Technology
8:02 pm: Upstate + Grimmacchio
9:02 pm: Mañez + Dave and Ethan
10:02 pm: Acid Bath + Hans Gruber

7:02 pm: BWP + Jadico Fowler
8:02 pm: Michael Loves Greg + Jessica Tandy
9:02 pm: The Nathan & Joe Show + Matt&
10:02 pm: Justin Bobby + Trotsky & Hutch
11:02 pm: Evan the Loyal + Listen, Kid!

6:02 pm: RuBin + OJ in a Sippy Cup
7:02 pm: Red Letters + Suggestical
8:02 pm: The Cascade + Rachel and Dave
9:02 pm: The Kristen & Amie Show + Trike
10:02 pm: Messing with a Friend (feat. Christina Gausus)
11:02 pm: We’re Matt Weir + Banana Breakup

6:02 pm: Hot and Modest + Kait and Andrew
7:02 pm: Sisser + Horner & Davis
8:02 pm: Manthorne & the Baron + Dictionary Soup
9:02 pm: Hodapp and Rothwell + Dangerous Fools

All shows are at the Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Information about individual groups, tickets, planned excursions, parties and workshops can be found at http://www.duofest.com

Philadelphia Improv Festival tickets and workshops on sale


Tickets and workshops have gone on sale for the 6th annual PHILADELPHIA IMPROV FESTIVAL, kicking off the first week of COMEDY MONTH. This year, the festival will operate on two stages… the Mainstage and bulk of the shows will take place at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St. Friday will also include a set of special shows taking place at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square.

More info on tickets and workshops are below…


Tickets are available in a variety of options to suit your needs. You can purchase a ticket for a single block of shows ($10), as well as passes for a whole night ($25), for the run of PHIF ($60), or even for all of Comedy Month ($100)! Tickets are available at: http://phif.org/tickets.html

Performers get access to all Mainstage shows for free, on a standby basis. For any performers wanting to guarantee seating for any particular show, PHIF is offering block tickets at a 50% discount (discount is not valid for passes).

PHIF also has two sets of shows at the Ethical Society on Friday 11/5… First up, Lekker from Baltimore opens for iO West’s EXTRA-STRENGTH. Then later, comedy duo Dangerous Fools, featuring Philadelphia’s Mary Carpenter and LA’s Thomas Fowler open for the festival’s main act… David Razowsky & Joe Bill. These two old friends and comedy veterans join up for the first time ever on a festival stage! Tickets for these shows are also $10 (passes are not valid – a separate ticket is required), and performers can use their 50% discount for these shows as well.

Also, on Tuesday – Thursday, PHIF is extending the price of a single block ticket to include the whole night. So you can come out and enjoy lots of great comedy for one low price!



Workshops are now available for registration at: http://phif.org/workshops.html

This year PHIF is offering eight different workshops from some of the best instructors in the country, including a longer Master Class co-taught by David Razowsky & Joe Bill.

PHIF is also offering a free workshop seminar about getting media attention, hosted by PHIF & NCCAF publicist Carrie Gorn. She’ll have tons of valuable information and there will be a Q&A to help you get the most out of your press efforts. There’s no registration for the seminar… just show up. But keep in mind to arrive early, as space may be limited.


Your Power Improv Toolkit

w/ Joe Bill
Friday 11/5 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

It’s Funny Because It’s True
w/ Mary Carpenter & Thomas Fowler
Friday 11/5 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers


Falling In Love On Stage
w/ Will Luera
Saturday 11/6 10am – 1pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

Getting Media Attention Without Committing Murder

w/ Carrie Gorn – PHIF, PCC & NCCAF Publicist
Saturday 11/6 10am – 1pm
A Special Free Workshop Seminar

w/ David Razowsky
Saturday 11/6 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

w/ Jen Caldwell
Saturday 11/6 2pm – 5pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers


Playing Around – A Master Class
w/ David Razowsky & Joe Bill
Sunday 11/7 10:30am – 2:30pm
$45 Performers / $65 Non-Performers

How To Have Fun & Play Pretend Without Wanting To Shoot Yourself In the Face
w/ Matt Holmes
Sunday 11/7 3pm – 6pm
$35 Performers / $50 Non-Performers

Comedian Profile: Mary Carpenter


Editors Note: In celebration of The 2010 ComedySportz World Championship, this week we’ll be profiling comedians from the local ComedySportz roster…


Might have seen her in: ComedySportz Philly (going on 18 years), Dangerous Fools, 24 Hour Improv Marathon

Hangs her hat in: Mt Airy, PA

Stomping Grounds: Villanova, PA

Pays the Bills: Theatre Jack of all trades

Projects: Writing, producing & performing original one-woman show “the New & Improved Stages of Grief” for 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Other Hobbies: Writing, knitting, crosswords, pretending to be a mother

Why Improv?

Never boring, You’re never done, and it still curls my toes

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

Improv Shows at the Fringe Festival


This year there is a wide assortment of improv-related shows to sate your palette at the 2007 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Below you’ll find a handy list of shows you can check out. I’ll separate them over the next three posts. This one’s all improv, with sketch and interdisciplinary shows to follow…

The Cabal: 1 Of Us Is Wrong

A hilarious, unpredictable tour through a weird world and its absurd inhabitants. The Cabal takes a single suggestion for each show and improvises an hour-long piece of twisted fun. Whether portraying savage children who devour their kittens, or rapping Nebraska legislators, the result is a fast-moving, ensemble comedy.

O’Neals Pub, 611 S. Third Street | $10
9/6 & 9/13 @ 8:30pm
9/7, 9/8, 9/14 & 9/15 @ 8:00pm & 9:30pm



Two improv teams, one stage; two comedy sets, one winner. This is CAGEMATCH: the world’s most competitive longform improvisation tournament, visiting from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and hosted by PHIT. Philly’s best improv groups will perform 25 minutes head-to-head with the winner chosen by audience secret ballot.

Second Stage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street | $10
9/13, 9/14 & 9/15 @ 10:00pm


Tapestry Theatre: Cecily & Gwendolyn’s Fantastical Balloon Ride

Gwendolyn and Cecily are two heroic, adventure-seeking ladies on an enchanted journey through past, present, and future. Faced with challenges at every turn, can they manage to return home without disrupting the universe as we know it? Entirely improvised, based on your suggestions.

The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street | $10
9/1 @ 7:30pm, 9/2 @ 6:00pm
9/7 @ 9pm, 8/31 & 9/8 @ 10:00pm


Dangerous Fools

A fool from LA…a fool from Philadelphia…no script. With nothing but a blank stage, a single suggestion, and two twisted minds, Thomas Fowler and Mary Carpenter take you on an improvised ride that is hilarious, unique, and dangerously unpredictable. “Better than any improv group I’ve seen.” – Philadelphia City Paper

The Actor’s Center, 257 N. Third Street | $10
9/8 @ 9:00pm
9/6, 9/7, 9/8, 9/9 @ 7:00pm



Come see the improv that made Philadelphia City Paper “collapse into laughter” at last year’s Fringe! Industrial is back to perform for their comrades in Philadelphia, with their red jumpsuits and manifesto-informed world view in tow. A single word the audience suggests fuels a thirty-minute improvised one-act play.

Independence Park Hotel, 235 Chestnut Street | $10
9/1, 9/2, 9/3, 9/9 & 9/13 @ 8:00pm
9/1 & 9/2 @ 9:30pm


Lunchlady Doris

LunchLady does longform improv like no one else. Spontaneously-generated theater that is funny, smart, strange, and utterly breathtaking. Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly say “these five improvisers are uncanny;” “the best of the bunch;” “satisfying and impressive.” Over ten seasons of sold-out shows at the Philly Fringe!

Second Stage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street | $10
8/31 & 9/8 @ 9:00pm
9/1 @ 6:00pm, 9/2 @ 7:30pm & 9/7 @ 10:00pm


The N Crowd: Triple Double Feature

The N Crowd is a short form improv comedy troupe that has been performing weekly in Philadelphia. Each hilarious scene starts with a suggestion from the audience. They promise you can’t legally have this much fun in ninety minutes for ten dollars.

The Actor’s Center, 257 N. Third Street | $10
8/31, 9/7 & 9/14 @ 8:00pm & 10:00pm


Rare Bird Show

You yell out a word. We turn it into comedy. Rare Bird Show creates hilarious, spontaneous, fast-paced, unscripted longform improv comedy, all from one audience suggestion. An aroundphilly.com Top 10 Pick and a Philadelphia Weekly Editor’s Pick.

Independence Park Hotel, 235 Chestnut Street | $10
8/31, 9/6, 9/8 & 9/15 @ 8:00pm & 10:00pm


Tongue & Groove

With an emphasis on realism, this unique improv ensemble develops a spontaneous theater piece that explores a wide range of relationships. These talented actors create laugh-out-loud humor and heart-touching moments of truth as they improvise the human experience. Expect romance, comedy, drama, playfulness…and lots of kissin’ and wrestlin’.

Second Stage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street | $10
9/13, 9/14 & 9/15 @ 9:00pm