December PHIT shows are upon us

11/29/2010

Following their personal record-length run last month, the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER is set to kick off its December shows this week with some of your old favorites, a little reformatting of familiar formats and some great new comedy.

  • Aaron Hertzog’s Hey Everybody! continues its newly minted weekly slot, surrounded by the fun usual suspects like Guilty Pleasures, The Bully Pulpit and Rant-O-Wheel… as well as new faces like TV Party! and Chip Chantry’s One Man Show, relocated from its former home at The Khyber.
  • Fans can scout up and coming talent from area colleges in Comedy University, formerly known as Improv Comedy PhD, and now moved to Sundays.
  • PHIT welcomes friends from afar, with Brick Penguin bringing a little DC our way and the Philly premier of Magnet’s newest house team Brick, featuring local improviser and PHIT director/instructor Amie Roe.
  • Cagematch winners Six-Fisted Dynamo look to hold on to their newly claimed title against the comic stylings of Grimacchio.
  • PHIT introduces Sketch Up or Shut Up’s improv step-sibling with its new instructor-hosted weekly improv jam.
  • Those Hopper Brothers are back again this holiday season, this time with their Happy Magic Fun Time Show.
  • And finally, house team Activity Book debuts “Metal Men” – a special run of shows featuring the alter-egos of superheroes from a failed comic book… exploring the comedy of not being so superly awesome.

The whole thing is topped off with shows from all of the house teams and sketch comedy from Camp Woods. It promises to be a jam-packed,  fun-filled couple of weeks.

Here’s the full run down…

Wednesday, December 1st
8:00PM Guilty Pleasures hosted by Brendan Kennedy – $10
9:30PM TV Party! hosted by Rob Baniewicz & Paul Triggiani – $10

Thursday, December 2nd
8:00PM Hey Everybody! hosted by Aaron Hertzog – $10
9:30PM CAGEMATCH – Six-Fisted Dynamo vs. Grimacchio – $10

Friday, December 3rd
8:00PM Activity Book Presents “Metal Men” + Asteroid! – $10
9:30PM King Friday + The Amie & Kristen Show – $10
11:00PM Sketch Up or Shut Up – FREE!

Saturday, December 4th
8:00PM Activity Book Presents “Metal Men” + Asteroid! – $10
9:30PM Camp Woods + Brick Penguin (DC) – $10
11:00PM Improv Jam hosted by Mike Marbach & Kristen Schier – FREE!

Sunday, December 5th
8:00PM COMEDY UNIVERSITY: Women With Class + Special College Guests – $10

Monday, December 6th
8:00PM Chip Chantry’s One-Man Show (With Special Guests) – $10

Wednesday, December 8th
8:00PM The Bully Pulpit hosted by Luke Giordano – $10
9:30PM Rant-O-Wheel hosted by Jaime Fountaine – $10

Thursday, December 9th
8:00PM Hey Everybody! hosted by Aaron Hertzog – $10
9:30PM CAGEMATCH – 12/2 Winner vs. Good Cop, Bad Doctor – $10

Friday, December 10th
8:00PM Activity Book Presents “Metal Men” + Mayor Karen – $10
9:30PM Fletcher + Brick (NYC) – $10
11:00PM The Hopper Brothers’ Happy Magic Fun-Time Show – $10

Saturday, December 11th
8:00PM Activity Book Presents “Metal Men” + Mayor Karen – $10
9:30PM Camp Woods + Brick Penguin (DC) – $10
11:00PM Improv Jam hosted by Amie Roe & Greg Maughan – FREE!

Sunday, December 12th
8:00PM COMEDY UNIVERSITY: Cookiepuss (NYC) + The Rubber Chickens (University of Delaware) – $10

Tickets and additional information can be found on PHIT’s website.

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PHIT storms the Shubin with biggest lineup yet

01/26/2010

Last night the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER launched their monthly run at the Shubin with a staged reading of When I Was, a new one-act play penned by house team member Michael Schwartz. The theater goes dark again tonight, right before PHIT starts ramping up into it’s largest run at the Shubin to date!

They’ll be tackling nearly thirty shows over the next two weeks, including performances by guests from NYC and Chicago, a workshop from former Philadelphian and PHIF founder Mike McFarland, as well as a special screening of the new TJ & Dave documentary. And it all resumes tomorrow night…

Wednesday, January 27th
8:00pm: The Bully Pulpit (w/ guest host Greg Maughan) – $5

Thursday, January 28th
8:00pm: Drexel Football Team + Rookie Card – $5
9:30pm: CAGEMATCH: The Ones Your Mothers Warned You About vs The Kristen & Amie Show – $5

Friday, January 29th
8:00pm: Activity Book + Everything Must Go – $10

Fletcher

9:30pm: Fletcher + The Imposters (NYC) – $10
11:00pm: Flying Leap! (An Improv Open Jam) – FREE

Saturday, January 30th
8:00pm: Activity Book + Dynasty (NYC) – $10
9:30pm: Fletcher + Everything Must Go – $10
11:00pm: Sketch Up or Shut Up (The Sketch Comedy Open Mic) – FREE

Sunday, January 31st

Mike McFarland

2:00pm: WORKSHOP – The Passion of the Mike taught by Mike McFarland (NYC) – $50
8:00pm: Screening: Trust Us This Is All Made Up (The TJ & Dave Documentary) – $5

Monday, February 1st
8:00pm: Hey Everybody! hosted by Aaron Hertzog – $5

Wednesday, February 3rd
8:00pm: Guilty Pleasures; One Year Anniversary Show – $5

Thursday, February 4th
8:00pm: High Dramma + Mr. Lizard – $10
9:30pm: We’re Nice People; A Night of Doucheless Comedy (NYC) – $10

Friday, February 5th
8:00pm: Tin Sandwich (Chicago) + B.W.P. – $10
9:30pm: King Friday – $10

Saturday, February 6th
8:00pm: King Friday – $10
9:30pm: Tin Sandwich (Chicago) + The Carousel of Progress – $10

Tickets and additional information


Tonight: Everything Must Go joins the N Crowd

03/20/2009

Joining the N Crowd tonight in their weekly show at the Actor’s Center will be Everything Must Go. EMG is a resident house team of the Philly Improv Theater, under the artistic direction of PHIT executive director Greg Maughan.

EVERYTHING MUST GO, FRONT: AJ HORAN & JEFFERSON HAYNES; REAR: ROB CUTLER, MEG FAVREAU & KATIE HORAHAN

EVERYTHING MUST GO... FRONT: AJ HORAN & JEFFERSON HAYNES; REAR: ROB CUTLER, MEG FAVREAU & KATIE HORAHAN; NP: NICK GILLETTE, SHANE JENKINS & BOB SWENSON

THE N CROWD W/ EVERYTHING MUST GO
FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH @ 8PM
THE ACTORS CENTER | 257 N THIRD ST
TICKETS – $10


PHIT Presents Shubin Week!

10/06/2008

Tonight marks the start of another week of hilarity served up courtesy of the Philly Improv Theater. All shows will take place at the Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St.

Tickets and additional information can be found at phillyimprovtheater.com

Monday, October 6
8:00pm
The Comic vs. Audience Comedy Show – $5
with Tim Ryan, Luke Giordano, Doogie Horner, and Chip Chantry

Wednesday, October 8
8:00pm
Bedtime Stories: Nerd Hobbies – $10

10:00pm
Kent Haines: Why am I Not Famous? – $5

Thursday, October 9
8:00pm
The Dave Hill Explosion – $10

10:00pm
CAGEMATCH: Cubed vs Illegal Refill – $5

Friday, October 10
8:00pm
House Team Premiere! – $10
Featuring teams directed by Scott Sheppard & Executive Director Greg Maughan

10:00pm
House Team Premiere & RAGNARÖCK (UCB) – $10
Featuring a troupe directed by Rick Horner and, from the UCBT, RAGNARÖCK

Saturday, October 11
8:00pm
House Team Premiere & RAGNARÖCK (UCB) – $10
Featuring a troupe directed by Rick Horner and, from the UCBT, RAGNARÖCK

10:00pm
House Team Premiere! – $10
Featuring teams directed by Scott Sheppard & Executive Director Greg Maughan


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!



Click This: Comic Vs. Audience Interviews Greg Maughan

04/24/2008

Here’s a recent interview from Comic Vs. Audience with PHIT Executive Director, Greg Maughan.

[Photo credit Kevin Thom]

They discuss improv in Philadelphia, growth at the Shubin, upcoming house team auditions and a preview of The Hoppers Hit the Road, a new musical premiering at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.


PHIT House Team Auditions Next Week!

04/23/2008

Next week the Philly Improv Theater will be holding auditions to cast its first-ever house teams. This is big news and an exciting step for the growth of improv in the city. PHIT has some ambitious plans for the teams it will be putting together. Each team will be assigned a dedicated director, receive free weekly rehearsal space, have the opportunity to perform at venues across the city like the Shubin and Fergies, as well as represent PHIT at festivals. Directors involved in this venture include PHIT Executive Director Greg Maughan, Improv Incubator Founder / PHIF Producer Rick Horner and the Arden Theatre Company’s Scott Sheppard.

Next Monday, PHIT will be auditioning folks in groups of 8 at the Arden Theatre – but if you want in, you’ll have to schedule an audition appointment by emailing PHIT with your interest no later than 5pm on Friday.

More details can be found here…