News In Brief

09/24/2010

We’ve been out of the loop over here through most of the Fringe and beyond. Now that we’ve sufficiently recovered, regular posts will resume next week. In the meantime, here are a few tidbits to check out…

  • Many have called the last few months the Summer of Doogie, and it’s sure felt that way, with Mr. Horner joking his way into America’s hearts on America’s Got Talent. And now fresh off his win over a Helium, the newly crowned Philly’s Phunniest looks to return to the stage tonight, as he resurrects his show The Ministry of Secret Jokes. Now at its new home at the Ruba Club, joining Doogie will be fellow former Phunniest winners Anton Shuford and Steve Gerben, as well as Amir Golan and Becca Trabin. It all starts at 8PM
  • The ever-delightful Jaime Fountaine returns to The Dive tonight at 7PM with her show Toiling in Obscurity. Guests include Pat Kelly, Tom McCallister and Jesse Hale Moore

Tonight: Comedy Dreamz at the Barbary

08/24/2010

Tonight ROSE LUARDO and ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT host COMEDY DREAMZ, an evening of stand-up, short plays, sketch, mixed media and more.

The comedy variety show will feature Steve Gerben, the Feeko Brothers, Body Dreamz, DJ Kurt Life, Camp Woods, Hillary Rea, Sharkee Katz, DJ James University, Jayson Musson, You Are Me, A Hot Cup of Jo Jo and more.

The doors open at 9PM, with the comedy starting at 10PM. Then stick around for the dance party at 11:30PM

COMEDY DREAMZ
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24TH @ 10PM
THE BARBARY | 951 FRANKFORD AVE
$3 COVER


Lineup for Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin

07/28/2010

UPDATE: We neglected to include the Guilty Pleasures shows next week. Our apologies!

The time is upon us as this evening the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER takes up residence at the Shubin for the next two weeks (albeit with a slight hiatus this weekend as they take to the Del Close Marathon). They’ve got shows featuring all the house teams, a first glimpse at a new one, the anniversary of the Bully Pulpit, standup, sketch, rant-o-wheel, visitors from Pittsburgh and the big ticket… SUSAN MESSING & BECKY DRYSDALE!

Wednesday, July 28

8:00PM – The Bully Pulpit, $10
The monthly show celebrates one year with a special panel – all the members of Secret Pants

9:30PM – Rant-O-Wheel hosted by Jaime Fountaine, $10
The return of the infamous Rant-O-Wheel – you never know what you’re going to get

Thursday, July 29

8:00PM – King Friday + Friends, $10
9:30PM – Fletcher + Friends, $10
In a prelude to their DCM shows this weekend, it’s two of PHIT’s house teams in back-to-back shows

Friday – Sunday

PHIT at DCM
PHIT takes the show on the road to the Del Close Marathon in NYC

Tuesday, August 3

8:00PM – Guilty Pleasures: Free Taping
The best kept secret in Philadelphia comedy looks to create some Internet notoriety. A special free taping featuring Roger C. Snair, Chip Chantry, Rob Baniewicz, Meg Favreau and Chris Cotton

Wednesday, August 4

8:00PM – Guilty Pleasures, $10
Regular installment of the monthly show. If you haven’t seen this yet, for shame as you are missing out. Featuring Roger C. Snair, JP Boudwin, Patrick Foy, Dominic Moschitti, Sam Narisi and Kevin J. Kelly

Thursday, August 5

8:00PM – Hey Everybody! hosted by Aaron Hertzog, $10
An evening of stand-up featuring David James, Steve Gerben, Luke Giordano, Blake Wexler, Carolyn Busa, Christian Alsis and Matt McCusker

Friday, August 6

8:00PM – Stranger, Danger + Friends, $10
Double trouble from the comedic pair Sarah Cowdery & Alex Gross

11:00PM – “Stormcrow” sneak-peek, Free
A special free sneak-peek at one of the new house teams, tentatively titled Stormcrow

Saturday, August 7

8:00PM – Irony City + Activity Book, $10
Improvisers from the far west (Pittsburgh) share a bill with the original PHIT house team

9:30PM – Messing with a Friend, $15
The incomparable Susan Messing (iO, Annoyance) is joined by the always unpredictable Becky Drysdale (Second City, UCB). This is one amazing ticket!

11:00PM – Sketch Up or Shut Up, Free
Sketch comedy twist on the classic open mic hosted by Meg Favreau

Advanced tickets for these shows don’t seem to be available yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when they are.


Philadelphia Comedy Allstars Show tonight at Helium

06/09/2010

Tonight Helium presents a stellar lineup of local standups. Hosted by AARON HERTZOG, Philadelphia’s Comedy Allstars Show will feature STEVE GERBEN (Phillys Phunniest Winner 2007), ANTON SHUFORD (Phillys Phunniest Winner 2009) and CHIP CHANTRY (Phillys Phunniest Finalist).

If you were quick enough (like I was), Helium held a contest on Facebook this past Monday for free tickets. If not, $10 is but a paltry fee to take in some of Philly’s best and brightest.

PHILADELPHIA’S COMEDY ALLSTARS SHOW
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9TH @ 8PM
HELIUM COMEDY CLUB | 2031 SANSOM ST
TICKETS: $10-$15 + 2 DRINK MINIMUM


Sketch comedy dominates Philly with Sketchfest this weekend

12/02/2009

The fellas of ANIMOSITY PIERRE are back this week with a bigger and more ambitious PHILLY SKETCHFEST. Originally launched in June of 2008 by BEN MAHER, MATT LALLY and DAVE TERRUSO, the festival is back this week with two additional producers, JESSICA CIARAMELLA and CATHLEEN COLLINS and an outstanding lineup of local sketch comedians.

The three day event runs this Thursday through Saturday at Plays & Players, with shows at 8PM & 10PM. Each night is hosted by a local comic and promises to not disappoint. Here’s a quick rundown:

THURSDAY 12/3 – hosted by CHIP CHANTRY
8PM: BAD CREATIONS, DEPENDABLE FELONS, BOY MEETS TRACTOR & GENTLEMEN’S ROTARY AUXILIARY
10PM: THE FEEKO BROTHERS, BING SUPERNOVA, THE SIXTH BOROUGH

FRIDAY 12/4 – hosted by STEVE GERBEN
8PM: THIS THING OF OURS, ANIMOSITY PIERRE
10PM: CHRIS & PAUL SHOW, SECRET PANTS

SATURDAY 12/5 – hosted by AARON HERTZOG
8PM: BETTER THAN THE MACHINE, THE WAITSTAFF
10PM: BETTER THAN THE MACHINE, BING SUPERNOVA, MEG & ROB

Additional details and tickets are available on their website

2009 PHILLY SKETCHFEST
PLAYS & PLAYERS THEATER | 1714 DELANCEY
DEC 3-5, 8PM & 10PM


Tonight: PHIT welcomes WAINF and Guilty Pleasures

05/06/2009

PHIT Week continues tonight with two of my favorite shows in the city. A cool ten dollars will get you a whole night of comedy awesome…

8PM – WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS?!? WITH KENT HAINES
Philadelphia’s only live talk show explores the successes and failures of some of the city’s funniest comedians. This month Kent welcomes Steve Gerben and sketch group Secret Pants.

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10PM – GUILTY PLEASURES WITH BRENDAN KENNEDY
The show that takes care to select only the worst of screenplays, shorts and various written fodder, and pairs them with only the best comedic talent. Brendan has his tongue planted so firmly in cheek with this show, it’ll make your cheeks hurt too.  This month’s parts will be played by Chris Cotton, Roger C Snair, Richie Redding and Sidney Gantt.

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PHILLY IMPROV THEATER @ THE SHUBIN
407 BAINBRIDGE STREET

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH
8PM – WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS?!?
10PM – GUILTY PLEASURES
TICKETS $5/EA | BYOB


Tonight: Why Am I Not Famous?!

04/08/2009

Shubin Week presented by the Philly Improv Theater continues tonight w/ KENT HAINES and his live talk show, WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS?! Kent’s guests this evening include Meg Favreau (of Meg & Rob, Everything Must Go) and Steve “The Iceman” Gerben (Philly’s Phunniest 2007).

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WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS?! W/ KENT HAINES
PHILLY IMPROV THEATER AT THE SHUBIN
407 BAINBRIDGE STREET
TONIGHT (WED, APRIL 8TH) @ 8PM | $5