Comedian Profile: Kristin Finger

06/10/2010

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?

KRISTIN FINGER

Might have seen her in: ComedySportz

Hangs her hat in: Willow Grove, PA

Stomping Grounds: Horsham, PA

Pays the Bills as: Graphic Artist, Hair Stylist & Student

Other Hobbies: color guard, watching crime drama, hanging with my cats

Why Improv?

Improv keeps me sane!!! I’ve always loved acting, but there’s an awful lot of memorizing… Improv makes me happy!

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


Tonight: The Mike Connor Travelogues continue

12/09/2009

A few months back, MIKE CONNOR spent a month flying around the country, taking in places like the beaches of Florida, the music haunts of Austin and the hostels of San Francisco. Last month PJI produced The Mike Connor Travelogues, a show where Connor recounts his journey across our country while a who’s who of Philly improvisers play out scenes inspired by his tales. Well Connor had so many (mis)adventures, that the show is back for another installment.

THIS IS WHAT ADVENTURE LOOKS LIKE

Starring JP BOUDWIN, SEAN CURRAN, NATHAN EDMONDSON, KRISTIN FINGER, KRISTEN SCHIER and JASON STOCKDALE.

The evening will also feature an opening performance by KAREN GETZ and KELLY JENNINGS in their production of Cecily & Gwendolyn’s Fantastical Balloon Ride.

THE MIKE CONNOR TRAVELOGUES
W/ CECILY & GWENDOLYN
PRESENTED BY THE PHILADELPHIA JOKE INITIATIVE

WEDNESDAY, DEC 9TH – 8PM
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST
$10 AT THE DOOR (CASH ONLY) | BYOB W/ ID


Reports from CSz National Tournament – Part Three

07/17/2007

Whew. It’s over, and I can’t wait to go back.

First, the details of Philly’s incredible comeback victory over Chicago. After a less-than-stellar round of Elimination Rap, our team forged an incredible round of Sing-It, complete with Alexis’ Grandma sticking her sexy tongue in my face to close out the final song. Coupled with perhaps the greatest game of Bedtime Story I’ve ever been a part of (including TWO eager audience volunteers), Philly pulled out the dramatic 15-10 victory.

 After sharing a delicious meal with our new friends from Chicago, we ventured to Jumer’s Rock Island Casino. The atmosphere was decidedly old-school. Or let’s just say old. It smelled funny. However, $1 roulette minimums could not keep us away. Two hours later and $80 lighter, I returned to the hotel vaguely happy.

The rest of the weekend was a blur of memories. More board games. An awards ceremony where we received a 15-year plaque, and Dave gave a great speech. A superb championship match where Quad Cities grinded out a win vs. Dick Chudnow and Milwaukee’s Finest. There is nothing funnier than a 7 foot 350 pound man singing a ballad and strumming a guitar. And of course, the all-nighter we pulled before travelling home, complete with stunning dance party.

I can honestly say this was a great week. It made me think about how lucky we all are, to be “in-the-know” about improv and its magical, mystical, recuperative, restorative powers. To be a part of this community, both here in Philly (WOOT!) and around the world (Manchester, word!). We are the laughers, the healers, the makers of dreams and blurring agents of reality.

Myles Nye from LA said it best, in describing the events of the week: “Imagine moving to a village where no one gets tired of playing games. You can’t live there forever, but the time you do spend there is priceless.”

Next year, the village is Portland. And I can’t wait.

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Jason


Reports from CSz National Tournament – Part Two

07/13/2007

Despite a rollicking game of Arms Expert and superb efforts from the hometown crew, Philly fell last night to the team from Milwaukee by a final score of 20-5. Alexis captained us within one moment of victory, but the team fell just short in a tightly called game of Free-For-All Freeze. Kudos to the Milwaukee team, from the city where ComedySportz originated.

Of course, the story here isn’t in the winning or the losing. It feels so great to play with people from all over and to share in an art that we all live for. And to be able to do it non-stop, if only for a few days, is amazing. It’s a reminder of what the world should be like.

And the moments are so memorable. Starting each day off at 10:30 AM with a rousing version of the CSz Anthem (lyrics rewritten daily by Dick Chudnow, CSz founder). Playing board games in the hotel lobby until 4am. Making new friends over Root Beer Floater ice cream at the local cafe.

There is an energy present around us at all times. It’s strange how I can dread going to my 9-5 after 8 full hours of sleepytime, but how after just four hours of sleep here I’m ready and pumping to go. Being here reinvigorates the mind and soul of my inner artist; I feel like I can conquer the world by just making stuff up.

Tonight, we play Chicago, then it’s riverboat gambling and perhaps some more board games. Our time remaining is short, but I plan on making it last.
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Jason


Reports from CSz National Tournament – Part One.

07/12/2007

Man, I’m exhausted.

I just took a morning workshop with Joe Bill. It was like eating an improv steak dinner. More on that later – first, the details for the uninitiated:

ComedySportz every year holds a National Tournament – a chance for “act-letes” from around the country (and Manchester!) to get together, play and perform. This year, we are in Quad Cities, right on the Illinois/Iowa border. Dave Dritsas, Julia Frey, Alexis Simpson, Kristin Finger and I are eating, breathing and drinking vast quantities of improv.

Gotta go to a workshop in five minutes, but before I go, let me leave you with the five best names of places to eat/drink in Rock Island. These places really exist:

5: Doctor Gyro’s
4: Huckleberry’s Pizza and Calzones
3: Whitey’s Ice Cream Parlor (multiple locations in the Quad Cities area!!!)
2: The Thirsty Beaver
1: Mulkey’s: Home of the Henny Penny

If we had time, I’d frequent them all.
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Jason


ComedySportz Rookies Debut!

07/05/2007

After months of intense training, the city’s mainstay gives the seal of approval on its newest competitors.

ComedySportz Philadelphia has been entertaining audiences for well over a decade with their “quirky, irreverent [and] impossibly funny” improv skills. (Source: The Metro)

Starting this Saturday, July 7th, you can catch their newest round of recruits join the ranks of this comedic institution. Debuting over the next two weeks are Alli Soowal, Kelly Vrooman, Kennedy Allen, Kristin Finger, Olivia Brubaker, Olivia Ciacci, Sean Roach & Susannah Beckett.

ComedySportz Philadelphia – Rookies Debut
Saturday 7/7 & 7/14 @ 7:30 & 10:00pm
Playground @ The Adrienne | 2030 Sansom Street
$15 General Admission / $12 Students / $7 Improvisers