Little Plates, Big Tapas premieres this Friday

02/10/2011

Building on the success of last year’s Fringe show, HOW TO SOLVE A BEAR, The GROUNDSWELL PLAYERS – (aka LEO CALLAHAN) are mounting a new production this weekend in cooperation with the PHILADELPHIA JOKE INITIATIVE entitled LITTLE PLATES, BIG TAPAS. Billed as a ‘darkly comic offering’ – the show is a scripted play, workshopped from improvisation, and then subsequently fine-tuned under the direction of DAN PLEHAL.

L to R: Scott Sheppard, Jack Meaney

 

Set in a pasta joint, newly handed down to a culinary trained son – the show explores the comedic clash between big city dreams and small town realities as he attempts to turn the little establishment into a high profile tapas eatery.

SCOTT SHEPPARD, JESSE PAULSEN, JACK MEANEY and ALISON KING brought their previous experiences from How To Solve a Bear into the production, this time joined by long time Leo Callahan collaborators NICHOLAS MIRRA and NICK KERR. Kerr’s character even sets the mood with some piano playing.

While improvisation is a tool utilized by many writers during the development process, for theatrical newcomers like Mirra, the experience of honing and performing that material is something very different indeed. “I came to (the show) with the perspective of an improviser and writer, not an actor… it’s been an exhilarating and challenging process.”

For Mirra, the work has evolved from something familiar yet fleeting, to a body of work with real sustainability. “We tend to appreciate and then forget, because it’s improv and inherently transient… trying to capture, define and repeat is not something I’m accustomed to worrying about.” And it’s in that repeated execution that the reward becomes evident. “Everything we do on stage is imbued with intention and forethought.”

And just what can we expect from this little labor of love? I think Mirra sums it up best… “(the show) is a small-town comedy located at the intersection of food, family, love, loss, ambition, and Himalayan fungi.”

Little Plates, Big Tapas runs just four nights, Feb. 11-14 at the LATVIAN SOCIETY (541 N 7th St). But if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of this limited engagement, you’d best move quickly. Friday and Saturday shows are already sold out. Tickets are available at the Philadelphia Joke Initiative’s website.


Rookie Card and Leo Callahan at Raven Lounge

07/26/2010

ROOKIE CARD hosts its monthly comedy show at the Raven Lounge tonight. Between this and its Center City Comedy events, the venue is making a name for itself in the local scene as a place to catch some excellent indie comedy.

Tonight the gang is joined by improv group LEO CALLAHAN, who a short while back hosted them at the Arts Parlor. It’s nice little tit-for-tat, and we all get to laugh in the process. Sounds like a pretty good deal all around.

ROOKIE CARD w/ LEO CALLAHAN
MONDAY, JULY 26TH @ 9PM
THE RAVEN LOUNGE, 1718 SANSOM ST
FREE ADMISSION


Comedy for the Weekend Warrior

07/02/2010

Here are the comedy happenings this holiday weekend…

Friday, July 2nd

8:00PM – N Crowd | Actors Center | $10-$15
8:00PM – Deconstructing Steve + Leo Callahan | Shubin | $10
8:00PM – Aries Spears | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30
9:30PM – King Friday + Friends | Shubin | $10
10:00PM – N Crowd | Actors Center | $10-$15
10:30PM – Aries Spears | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30

Saturday, July 3rd

6:00PM – Storytelling Graduation Show | Shubin | $5
7:30PM – ComedySportz Philly | Playground @ Adrienne | $10
8:00PM – Kevin Allison Sketch Spectacular | Shubin | $10
8:00PM – Aries Spears | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30
9:30PM – Kevin Allison Sketch Spectacular | Shubin | $10
10:00PM – ComedySportz Philly | Playground @ Adrienne | $10
10:30PM – Aries Spears | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30


Lineup for PHIT at the Shubin

06/29/2010

It’s time once again for the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER to take up residence at the Shubin Theatre. They’ve put together a lot of great programming to kick off July… including recurring favorites like the BULLY PULPIT, a new Cagematch challenger looking to take down THE ONES…, the very audience inclusive M@&, new Troika breakout DECONSTRUCTING STEVE, newcomers WALT!, the much anticipated KEVIN ALLISON SKETCH COMEDY SPECTACULAR and if memory serves, the first ever L1 CLASS SHOW. Here’s the breakdown:

Wed, June 30
8:00pm – The Bully Pulpit

Thu, July 1
8:00pm – M@& + Friends
9:30pm – Angry People Building Things + Friends

Fri, July 2
8:00pm – Deconstructing Steve + Leo Callahan
9:30pm – King Friday + Friends

Sat, July 3
6:00pm – Storytelling Grad Show
8:00pm – Kevin Allison’s Sketch Comedy Spectacular
9:30pm – Kevin Allison’s Sketch Comedy Spectacular

Mon, July 5
8:00pm – The Moops

Wed, July 7
8:00pm – Guilty Pleasures

Thu, July 8
8:00pm – Hey Everybody!
9:30pm – CAGEMATCH: Stranger, Danger vs. The Ones

Fri, July 9
8:00pm – CUBED + Rookie Card
9:30pm – Fletcher + Friends

Sat, July 10
8:00pm – Bare Hugs + WALT!
9:30pm – Epsilon Faction + Activity Book

Sun, July 11
6:00pm – Class Show: Emily Davis’ L1
8:00pm – WALT! + Bare Hugs


PHILLY IMPROV THEATER
JUNE 30 – JULY 11
SHUBIN THEATRE | 407 BAINBRIDGE ST
TICKETS: $5 – $10


Comedy for the Weekend Warrior

05/21/2010

FRIDAY

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NYC Dunk and Leo Callahan this Friday

05/19/2010

Local improv group LEO CALLAHAN will play host to DUNK of NYC’s Magnet Theater this Friday in a special show at The Arts Parlor.

In addition to John Dixon (of the well-traveled Sax & Dixon and hip-hop duo Southern Mothers), Dunk boasts a fun group of comedians you might well know, incuding: Ian Caruth, Karsten Cross,  Lauren Olson, Garrett Palm, Justin Peters, Matt B. Weir and Taylor White.

With the comedic talent in each group’s rosters, it should prove to be a special opportunity to catch a great night of improv.

LEO CALLAHAN w/ NYC’s DUNK
FRIDAY, MAY 21ST @ 9PM
THE ARTS PARLOR | 1170 S BROAD ST
$5 | BYOB


PHIT at the Shubin with April-May shows

04/28/2010

Tonight the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER launches another two week run at the Shubin, and they’ve got some fun stuff in store for you…

Wed, 4/28
8:00PM – The Bully Pulpit w. Luke Giordano – $5

Thu, 4/29
8:00PM – Improv Comedy, PhD – $10
9:30PM – Troika: Round 3 – $10
11:00PM – The Ones Your Moms Warned You About – FREE

Fri, 4/30
8:00PM – Dependable Felons + Everything Must Go – $10
9:30PM – The Megaphone Comedy Tour + King Friday – $10

Sat, 5/1
8:00PM – Sketch comedy from Meg & Rob feat. Brendan Kennedy – $10
9:30PM – Activity Book + Leo Callahan – $10
11:00PM – Sketch Up or Shut Up -FREE

Sun, 5/2
8:00PM – Sketch comedy from Meg & Rob feat. Carolyn Busa – $10

Mon, 5/3
8:00PM – The Moops – $5

Wed, 5/5
8:00PM – Guilty Pleasures w/ Brendan Kennedy – $5

Thu, 5/6
8:00PM – Hey Everybody w/ Aaron Hertzog – $5
9:30PM – Troika: Championship – $10

Fri, 5/7
8:00PM – Rare Buck Show w/ Dave Buckman + Vorlof – $10
9:30PM – Fletcher + Angry People Building Things – $10

Sat, 5/8
8:00PM – Sketch comedy from Meg & Rob – $10
9:30PM – CUBED + Red Letters – $10
11:00PM – Improv Jam: Flying Leap – FREE

Additional information and advanced tickets available on the PHIT website.