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.

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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


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


Murder, Mayhem & Other Holiday Cheer

11/28/2007

On Monday night, local sketch comedy group the Sixth Borough takes to the Balcony stage at the Trocadero to present Christmas Is So Special: A Murder Mystery. We sat down with group founder and ensemble cast member, Tabitha Vidaurri, to take a look back at what they’ve done in the past year, and get a little insight on things to come.

PI: Tabitha, the Sixth Borough’s premier run of shows was Philly themed. Then you moved on to Adults for the Fringe Festival. Now with run number three, you’ve decided to tackle the Holidays. What can we expect from a holiday-themed murder mystery sketch comedy show anyway?

TV: Christmas music, gift-giving, ghosts and blood. You know, standard holiday themes.

PI: They say that the third time is a charm, but you’ve already been charming audiences… so what are you doing to step up your game for this show?

TV: This show will be similar to our Halloween show, where we’re treating it as a “special”, as opposed to a large-scale production like our Fringe Festival show. The style is reminiscent of old television holiday specials, where the host says things like “Oh, hi. I didn’t see you come in” to the camera. But ours has murders.

PI: The holiday season can illicit thoughts of home, warmth, giving and loved ones… or for others the bitter cold, transportation delays, obligatory family visits and greedy consumerism. Where do you fit in with that? Will we see that influence in the show?

TV: That’s funny because we all have varying opinions on the holiday season, literally from loving it to hating it. This bipolar spectrum of emotion serves as a narrative thread throughout the show. There is one thing we all do agree on though, and that’s eggnog.

PI: Well, speaking of agreement, how do you think your group’s creative process has changed since you all set out to do your first show?

TV: Now that its been about a year that we’ve been working together, we all know each other’s individual strengths and styles a lot better. Everyone has their individual writing processes, but when we sit down as a group to workshop the scripts, its an equal give and take from everyone. Our creative process hasn’t necessarily changed, we’ve just gotten more comfortable with one another. Gregg almost always rehearses nude from the waist down.

PI: On Monday night the Sixth Borough will be playing the balcony at the Trocadero Theatre. Playing the Troc has become a sort of coming-of-age stop-off for musical groups the likes of the Foo Fighters, Ween, Linkin Park, the Dead Milkmen and My Chemical Romance. Would you say it holds the same kind of intrinsic value for sketch comedy?

TV: Well, I’ve always wanted the Sixth Borough to be the Linkin Park of sketch comedy, so we should fit right in at the Balcony. But in all seriousness, we are going to be sharing a stage with Needles Jones, who is a true comedic genius. That’s plenty enough for me.

PI: There are several other sketch comedy groups that’ve been making headlines and turning heads in this city. Give me three adjectives that describe what sets the Sixth Borough apart…

TV: Tonic. Histrionic. Supersonic.

You can check out Tabitha, along with the rest of the Sixth Borough (Corey Cohen, Emily McGraw, Gregg Gethard, Jason Messina & Patrick Kelly) in their FREE holiday special this Monday night.

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The Sixth Borough presents – Christmas Is So Special: A Murder Mystery
Monday, December 3rd @ 10pm
The Balcony at the Trocadero | 1003 Arch Street
21+ w/ ID | No cover