Fletcher to debut new recurring show

05/18/2011

Local improv group FLETCHER, one of the original PHIT House Teams, will be starting up a new recurring show in South Philly at the Arts Parlor. FLETCHER & FRIENDS will feature a set from the group as well as a couple from some other local talent. In their debut show, they will be joined by KING FRIDAY and IRON LUNG.

FLETCHER & FRIENDS
THURSDAY, MAY 19 @ 8PM
THE ARTS PARLOR, 1170 S BROAD ST
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION


Hannibal Buress Live at the Ric Rac next month

12/22/2010

NYC based comic HANNIBAL BURESS makes his way down to the Italian Market next month for a live show at CONNIE’S RIC RAC.

Buress has reached national prominence with his stint of appearances on shows like the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleased with Byron Allen, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and Lopez Tonight. Now you can catch him live right here in your own backyard. All kinds of great comedians have terrific things to say about Buress, but I think this clip from his appearance on Lopez Tonight really says it well…

The show is one amongst a string of high profile acts being brought to the Ric Rac by COREY COHEN COMEDY PRODUCTIONS. In the near future, you’ll also be catching comedians the likes of Todd Barry, Dave Hill and Sean Green. With these sort of acts headlining, along with their graduation from BYO to full bar service, Connie’s Ric Rac is placing a serious hold not only in the Italian Market, but as real comedy hot spot in Philadelphia.

The show is 21+ w/ ID, and kicks off at 8pm.

HANNIBAL BURESS, LIVE @ CONNIE’S RIC RAC
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22ND – 8PM
1132 S NINTH ST | $15 | TICKETS


Tonight: Bedtime Stories Orphans of SugarHouse

12/15/2010

GREGG GETHARD is back tonight with his monthly comedy showcase BEDTIME STORIES. The theme this month is Orphans of SugarHouse. According to Gethard, the show is about the “soulcrushing world of Philadelphia’s new casino, a land where children are left in cars and beer is thrown on the floor.”

We’ll see new sketches and videos from the likes of Meg & Rob, HateSpeechCommittee, and many others.

BEDTIME STORIES: ORPHANS OF SUGARHOUSE
WEDNESDAY, 12/15 @ 9PM
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST


Tonight: Bedtime Stories at the Ric Rac

08/18/2010

Awhile back we told you about this month’s theme for BEDTIME STORIES. Tonight, host Gregg Gethard plans to truly send in the clowns as he and a slew of comedians take on the fans of Insane Clown Posse in The Gathering of the Juggalos.

Be on the lookout for juggalettes, ninjalos, hood rats, foo dangs and an assortment of other 9 mile scrubs, as Bedtime Stories pays tribute with a send up of those who are down with the clown. And at $10, that’s not a lot of skrilla.

BEDTIME STORIES: GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18 @ 9PM
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST
$10 COVER w/ ID


Second Stories tonight at The Dive

08/10/2010

We’ve come upon the second Tuesday of the month, and it’s time for another installment of SECOND STORIES hosted by the always charmingly endearing JAIME FOUNTAINE.

This month’s show is entitled Kill Yr Idols, an evening of stories about our heroes and “how they’ve failed us, redeemed themselves, and remained untouchable, even when touched.”

Featured storytellers include Jan Cohen, Ilana Heilweil reading the work of her husband Gregg Gethard and of course Fountaine herself.

SECOND STORIES PRESENTS: KILL YR IDOLS
HOSTED BY JAIME FOUNTAINE
TUESDAY, AUG 10TH @ 7PM
THE DIVE | 947 E PASSYUNK AVE


Comedian Profile: Nick Gillette

07/21/2010

NICK GILLETTE


Might have seen him in: Everything Must Go (recently retired house team), Velvet Helmet, and Nathan Edmondson’s New As-of-yet-unnamed Team (forthcoming)

Hangs his hat in: South Philly (soon, Souther Philly)

Stomping Grounds: Downingtown, PA, which, as kids, we would refer to as “Down In G Town”

Pays the Bills: Tour Guide at Eastern State Penitentiary

Other Hobbies: Dungeons and Dragons (just started a new campaign as the Dungeon Master), Burlesque (I perform regularly with Revival Burlesque and Cabaret Red Light), Secret Mime (mime is so universally and undeservedly loathed, I feel like I have to practice in secret.)

Why Improv?

I got into improv in college because there is nothing as invigorating as the risk of standing in front of a crowd with your teammates and being rewarded by bringing the house down.  It rewards presence.  I spend an unfortunately large portion of my life dealing with people automatically, and I’m glad to participate in any activity that demands living on the cusp of the moment.

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


Matt Besser comes to Philly

07/13/2010

Comedian MATT BESSER is best known as one of the UCB4 (along with Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh) – stars of the Comedy Central sketch show Upright Citizens Brigade and founders of the famed NYC comedy theater of the same name.

Next weekend, this “wickedly funny man” (The Onion’s A.V. Club) will be bringing his show Woo Pig Sooie to Connie’s Ric Rac, courtesy of the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER.

Raised by a Jewish father and Presbyterian mother, the self-proclaimed Athiest grew up in Arkansas (thus the titular allusion to the Razorbacks Hog Call) surrounded by extremes of religion. In his show, Besser puts religion squarely in his sights, observing the ways in which church and state intersect in comically disturbing ways throughout America. Charleston City Paper describes the show as a “hilarious and somewhat stream-of-conscioiusness combination of sharp social criticism disguised as religion jokes, stand-up, and storytelling.”

Complete with head-to-toe U of A garb , the comedian brings his one-man comedic rant to Philadelphia for one night only on July 23rd.

The next day, he will also be teaching a pair of workshops at the Adrienne… so for a benjamin, you can brush up with Besser yourself.

Advanced tickets and workshop information can be via PHIT’s website.

MATT BESSER – WOO PIG SOOIE
PHIT @ CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST
FRIDAY, JULY 23RD @ 8PM
$20-$25 | BYOB


Tonight: Second Stories Puts On A Comedy Show

07/13/2010

It’s the second Tuesday, and that means JAIME FOUNTAINE is back tonight at the Dive with another installment of the reading series SECOND STORIES. This month, it’s SECOND STORIES PUTS ON A COMEDY SHOW.

Comedians performing tonight include Meg Favreau, Doogie Horner, Alejandro Morales, Becca Trabin, Alex Gross, Blaise Fountaine, Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum and more. Check it out!

SECOND STORIES PUTS ON A COMEDY SHOW
TUESDAY, JULY 13TH @ 7PM
THE DIVE | 947 E PASSYUNK
FREE SHOW


Comedian Profile: Dan Rich

07/01/2010

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?

DAN RICH


Might have seen him in: Fletcher, The Ones Your Moms Warned You About

Hangs his hat in: South Philly

Stomping Grounds: Philadelphia, PA

Pays the Bills: Actor, performer, Phanstormer and food runner

Other Hobbies: reading, writing, music, movies (starting film school in the Fall), bike rides, Madonna, dancing, and taking care of my house plants

Why Improv?

Originally, I used improv to excercise my acting skills in between theater and film gigs, but now, it has become a passion.  I have fallen in love with improv’s limitless creativity, and I am addicted to the thrill of creating a show in the moment with absolutely nothing but your teammates (and a few chairs).  Besides, who doesn’t love to laugh?

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


Comedian Profile: Kelly Vrooman

06/21/2010

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?

KELLY VROOMAN

Might have seen her in: ComedySportz, Ladies & Gentlemen in Rodgers & Hammerstein Are Dead

Hangs her hat in: South Philly (Point Breeze)

Stomping Grounds: Mansfield, OH

Pays the Bills as: Actor. Yeah, that’s right mom, I’m doin’ it.

Other Hobbies: Painting, gardening, dancing, singing,  stopping my cat from scratching the furniture.

Why Improv?

An old boyfriend told me he didn’t think girls were funny.  I took that as a personal challenge.  Improv introduced me to some of the funniest women I know… and maybe I’m funny too.   Why improv?  Because girls are funny, because boys are funny and when we all work together to create something out of nothing, it’s genius.  My life has taken so many interesting detours because I’ve simply said, “Yes, and…”!

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