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
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
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
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
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
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.)
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.
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