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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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


Listen Up: 30,000 kHz of Sound podcast

01/23/2009

Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to see 30,000 kHz of Sound perform yet… no one has. The NYC-based group has been featured multiple times at PHIF, and to those who are familiar, you know they perform a format known as the BAT; an improvised show performed entirely in the dark. The lights-out format was originally developed by Joe Bill and performed by Georgia Pacific. 30K kHz reaches out to the ionosphere for their suggestions via shortwave radio. There’s an interesting backstory to creator Shawn Wickens‘ inspiration for the show.

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Normally a live improv show doesn’t quite translate to audiences on rebroadcating… a daunting experience most groups have faced when trying to expand audiences or showcase previous work. 30K kHz is able to side step this with their all-audio format and as a result the show not only holds up on playback, but feels like an old radio show.

While we’re past the days when the family would gather around the radio, the group offers up the same feeling through their podcast that you can subscribe to through iTunes as well as an archive of past shows available for download.

If you’re all caught up on their MP3s and if you’re itching to catch a live show, lucky for you they anchor Thursday nights at the Magenet Theater.


One Night Only: NYC darlings 4 Track confirmed by PHIT

01/20/2009

From the Magnet Theater, the NYC-based improv quartet 4 Track is set to drop in for a single performance as PHIT hosts their monthly Shubin Week. They were last in town to play the Philadelphia Improv Festival, where they garnered tremendous critical praise.

4track

Named Best New Improv Group by Timeout Magazine and “one of the best improv shows in the city” by the NBC Morning Show, 4 Track will join the Moops and Industrial onstage during the 10pm show on Fri, Feb 6th.

Check out PHIT for tickets and more information.