Comedy variety show tonight at Painted Bride

12/16/2010

If you’re looking for a little variety in your comedy, head on over to Old City tonight to the Painted Bride around 10PM.

The show features improv from MEDIC!! (JP Boudwin, Sarah Cowdery, Luke Field, Nick Gillette and Milkshake), standup from DOOGIE HORNER, and music from EMILY & MICAH MCGRAW.

COMEDY VARIETY SHOW
THURSDAY, DEC 16TH @ 10PM
PAINTED BRIDE ARTS CENTER | 230 VINE ST
JUST $10

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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.

Tickets and additional information


Tonight: Free Open Mic at Natl Mechanics

06/14/2010

NATIONAL MECHANICS will feature a comedy open mic and live music 9PM tonight as part of writer A.D. Amorosi’s weekly party with Needle Jones. The evening will be hosted by comic DANNY OZARK and acoustic jammer DANI MARI.

MONDAY NIGHT CLUB
WEEKLY CREATIVE CLUSTERF*CK
MON, JUNE 14 @ 9PM
NATIONAL MECHANICS | 22 S THIRD ST


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


NSFW Video: Drysdale offers her lyrical love for the L Word

03/20/2009

Zach Ward just posted this video over at the Mister Diplomat blog, and it’s nothing short of fabulous. Rebecca Drysdale (of Baby Wants Candy and renowned for her comedy tours of Chicago, NYC, LA and Amsterdam) rocks as Beck D… laying down this lyrically brilliant serenade for the cast of the L Word.

l-word

I’ve watched Becky throw out some amazing lyrics off the cuff for BWC, but this is really a whole other level. Running over 5 minutes, I’m still wanting more. I only wish I would have seen this much sooner, as it’s been up since July of last year. But beware, this is ridiculously NOT SAFE FOR WORK.


Breaking: Guest, McKean and Shearer to play Keswick

03/06/2009

Comic Vs Audience reports that the comic minds behind This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind will be bringing their UNWIGGED and UNPLUGGED Tour to the Keswick this May. The tour features Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer as the three comedians drop their outlandish characters to sing songs from the fictitious groups Spinal Tap and The Folksmen.

The Folksmen

The Folksmen

Unwigged and Unplugged
Thurs, May 14th, 8pm
Keswick Theater


Video: Silverman’s Message to Kimmel

02/04/2008

For some time now, it’s become apparent that there’s two types of people in this world – those who love Sarah Silverman, and those who hate her. I’m personally of the adoring former; her humor just cracks me up.

If you happened to miss Jimmy Kimmel’s show last week where he had sweetheart Silverman on as a guest, then you haven’t seen this song. For awhile now, Kimmel has had a long running joke going on where he messes with Matt Damon, ending the show right before Matt’s supposed to take the guest chair. This came to a head awhile back, resulting in Matt blowing a gasket.

With all that in mind, now enjoy this VERY VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK clip: