Announcing Philadelphia Comedy Collective and Comedy Month

06/10/2010

Philadelphia Improv Festival, Philly Sketchfest, and The Philadelphia Joke Initiative Join Forces To Form Philadelphia Comedy Collective

New Collaborative Set to Present Month of Comedy in November

Three of the top forces in the local comedy scene are teaming up this year, becoming The Philadelphia Comedy Collective, and presenting Comedy Month. Forming the new collaborative are the Philadelphia Improv Festival, Philly Sketchfest, and The Philadelphia Joke Initiative. Their first endeavor, Comedy Month, will run from November 1-21 at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street. The producers will announce the performance schedule later this summer.

The first week of the festival will be the now week-long Philadelphia Improv Festival featuring local longform and shortform improv acts and troupes from all over the country. Now in its sixth year, the Philadelphia Improv Festival has hosted top-notch local acts along with teams from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (NYC), iO West (LA), DSI Comedy Theater (NC), Second City (Chicago), the Magnet Theater (NYC), Washington Improv Theater (DC), and the People’s Improv Theater (NYC). The Philadelphia Improv Festival is produced by Matt Nelson, Alli Soowal, and Jason Stockdale.

Following the improv festival, Philly Sketchfest will present its third annual event, a full week dedicated to sketch comedy. Philly Sketchfest is the brainchild of sketch troupe Animosity Pierre’s manager Ben Maher and Pierre members Matt Lally and Dave Terruso; Jessica Ciaramella and Cathleen Collins are associate producers. As active members of the Philadelphia sketch scene, these comedians have experienced the growth of comedy in the city firsthand. In 2009, the festival grew to include over a dozen local and national sketch groups.

The Philadelphia Joke Initiative (PJI) will handle the final week of performances. The comedy advocacy organization recently completed a successful run of its improvised musical, “Rodgers and Hammerstein are Dead.” The group was founded in 2009 and is dedicated to supporting comedy and comedians in the greater Philadelphia area. PJI recognizes comedy has inherent cultural value, and will foster Philadelphia’s cultural community by regularly producing comedy events, nurturing local talent, encouraging that talent to remain in Philadelphia, and raising the profile of Philadelphia-based comedy on the national market. PJI is run by Alexis Simpson and Kate Sabato.

About The Philadelphia Comedy Collective

The Philadelphia Comedy Collective is a consortium of local producers, performers, and companies unified for the purpose of comedy advocacy, cultural vitality, and excellence in improvisation, sketch, stand up, theater, film, music, and other comedy media.


Philadelphia Improv Festival, Philly Sketchfest, and The Philadelphia Joke Initiative Join Forces To Form Philadelphia Comedy Collective

New Collaborative Set to Present Month of Comedy in NovemberPhiladelphia Improv Festival, Philly Sketchfest, and The Philadelphia Joke Initiative Join Forces To Form Philadelphia Comedy Collective

New Collaborative Set to Present Month of Comedy in November

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Its Not Always Buckley in Philadelphia

05/21/2010

Bryan & Alyssa Buckley met while performing for Mock Turtle Soup, a group Bryan founded while they were both attending Clemson University in South Carolina. Soon they were married, and off to Chapel Hill, where I would then get to know them as performers at DSI Comedy Theater. Bryan quickly earned a teaching position at a local university here, and not too long after, the Buckleys would find themselves new residents of Philadelphia… and we would find them new residents of our hearts.

Having previously seen them onstage, it was very obvious I wanted to see them performing in Philly as soon as possible, and as luck would have it, the N Crowd ended up having auditions. And the rest, as they say, has been awesome. We’ve all become close with them; performing, partying and otherwise having a blast. They’ve been a fantastic addition to our little comedy family.

Watching Bryan perform is a lesson in wit. His sense of pacing and narrative is among the best I’ve seen, and he does hoity characters like it’s his job. Likewise a delight on stage is Alyssa, who is as surprising in a scene as she is funny. She’s adorable like a kitten… a kitten who sometimes delivers shockingly dirty lines.

Equally as great are the people I’ve gotten to know through the rest of the week. After a few minutes, Bryan’s quiet, almost stoic demeanor melts away and you’re left with a genuinely good guy who can hang like he’s been there beside you forever. Alyssa is both sweet and outspoken, and you can’t help but to love this Little Buckley instantly.

Alas, it seems all good things must come to an end. Bryan has earned a promising professorship at a university in Oklahoma, where Alyssa will also be working in their library. And with that, so goeth the Buckleys.  It’s a fantastic coup for their future, and a terrific loss for Philadelphia. Their time here was perfectly meteoric… bright, hot and gone in a fleeting moment.

Join us tonight, as we bid a fine farewell to our funny friends and watch them in their last regular performance in the N Crowd.

THE N CROWD: ADIEU FAIR BUCKLEYS
FRIDAY, MAY 21 @ 8PM
ACTORS CENTER | 257 N THIRD ST
$10 ONLINE / $15 AT THE DOOR