News in Brief


Keeping you up to date on what’s going on in comedy

  • The resignation of editor Brian Howard isn’t the only change over at CityPaper… RYAN CAREY of Critical Mass has started a new weekly look at Philadelphia’s comedy scene, LOL With It. And in his inaugural post, he chats with none other than CHIP CHANTRY.
  • Some exciting news from CHRIS COTTON and the gang at CENTER CITY COMEDY. LLC papers have been filed and they’ve made it official. Congratulations!
  • The schedule for NCCAF (North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival) has been posted. Seven Philadelphia improv groups have been slated to perform – Jessica Tandy, Rintersplit, Adrift, The Ones, N Crowd, Cubed & Rookie Card… as well as four sketch groups – Camp Woods, Bare Hug, Emily & Micah McGraw and Meg & Rob (with 2 shows!) and also stand up Aaron Hertzog. My apologies if I missed any locals while scanning the list.
  • And across the country on the same weekend, more Philly comedians will be tearing it up at SFIT (Seattle Festival of Improv Theater). Making their SFIT debuts will be the Amie & Kristen Show as well as MattAnd.

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One week left to submit to NCCAF


Perhaps it’s all the fantastic shows. It could be the great venues. It might even be the little community of friends you build at the Holiday Inn. Whatever your favorite part may be, one thing’s for sure… February is the time of year that hundreds of comedians descend on RDU to take on the Dirty South at the NORTH CAROLINA COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL.

Formerly the Dirty South Improv Festival and recently rebranded NCCAF to include scores of sketch and stand-up comedians as well as films, this festival is one of my favorites every year, and just a damn good time.

For those that want to get in on the performing action, your window is closing. You have until just next Friday to submit your show for consideration.

So what are you waiting for? Get on it!