DÜOFEST is upon us!

05/30/2011

Hey there duo fans! The wait is just about over… DÜOFEST kicks off this week, and boy oh boy are there some exciting pairings on board. The producers have put together quite an assortment, including local talent like Grimmacchio, Jessica Tandy, Matt&, BWP, Kristen & Amie Show, Suggestical and others, along with visitors the likes of Rachel & Dave, The Cascade, Trotsky & Hutch, Red Letters, Hodapp & Rothwell, Banana Breakup and a very exciting Messing w/ a Friend featuring Susan Messing joined by Christina Gausus. There will also be a number of special pairings that are either new, rarely seen, or assembled just for Düofest… like Jadico Fowler and Michael Loves Greg.

Full festival passes are already sold out, and rumor has it that day passes are quite limited at this point. You can find out more details about ticket options at the Düofest website. Now, let’s get to the lineup!!!

THURSDAY, JUNE 2ND
7:02 pm: Rosen & Milkshake + Grandma Hates Technology
8:02 pm: Upstate + Grimmacchio
9:02 pm: Mañez + Dave and Ethan
10:02 pm: Acid Bath + Hans Gruber

FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD
7:02 pm: BWP + Jadico Fowler
8:02 pm: Michael Loves Greg + Jessica Tandy
9:02 pm: The Nathan & Joe Show + Matt&
10:02 pm: Justin Bobby + Trotsky & Hutch
11:02 pm: Evan the Loyal + Listen, Kid!

SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH
6:02 pm: RuBin + OJ in a Sippy Cup
7:02 pm: Red Letters + Suggestical
8:02 pm: The Cascade + Rachel and Dave
9:02 pm: The Kristen & Amie Show + Trike
10:02 pm: Messing with a Friend (feat. Christina Gausus)
11:02 pm: We’re Matt Weir + Banana Breakup

SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH
6:02 pm: Hot and Modest + Kait and Andrew
7:02 pm: Sisser + Horner & Davis
8:02 pm: Manthorne & the Baron + Dictionary Soup
9:02 pm: Hodapp and Rothwell + Dangerous Fools

All shows are at the Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Information about individual groups, tickets, planned excursions, parties and workshops can be found at http://www.duofest.com


Who wants to go camping?

10/08/2010

Next spring, some of our favorite folks from iO West are putting together an exciting improv-centric camping adventure nestled in the beautiful California Central Coast called CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA. This four-day experience sounds like it’s going to be an amazing time, and an incredible way to spend a vacation.

They’ll be offering workshops by instructors from all over the country like Craig Cackowski (iO, Second City, Dasariski), Shulie Cowen (iO, Second City, Opening Night the Musical) and the expletively delightful Susan Messing (iO, Annoyance Theatre).

The retreat is the brainchild of Nick Armstrong, member of the hilarious God Squad (amongst many other iO West projects), who also happens to be a camping lover with Eagle Scout credentials to boot. Along with improv/camp cohorts John Abbott, Jessica Young and everyone’s favorite bar manager, Brian O’Connell, they’re aiming to make this a spring for improvisers to remember.

It’s not all about the improv though… you’ll also be able to take in the breathtaking scenery while enjoying activities like hiking, basketball, archery and even a ping-pong tournament… And let’s not forget the beach!

scene painting at its best

It will be hosted at Camp Ocean Pines, a 15 acre retreat nuzzled in the pines right off the ocean. The Improv Utopia folks have arranged both co-ed and singe-sex cabins sleeping up to 10, with (thank goodness) working bathrooms and showers. You can learn a little more about the grounds in this little infomercial video the camp made:

The camp is in Cambria, CA… about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For those of you yet to experience the breathtaking views and charm of this area, you’re in for quite a treat. Cambria is a delightful seaside town, stretching against the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches of the coast (yeah, us native Westerners say coast instead of shore). If you go, you may want to make plans to check out the area before or after camp… just a short drive up the Pacific Coast Highway is Hearst Castle (something so grand, pictures cannot do it justice). Or a little to the south you can check out the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas. There are countless spanish missions throughout the area, and overall, is just a wonderful place to spend some time.

The camp runs May 27-30, 2011 and your $375 fee includes lodging in one of the shared cabins and 8 meals (Friday dinner through Monday breakfast). Workshops and on-site activities are inclusive with the fee as well. You can get additional information and register at www.improvutopia.com. You can also get updates and connect up with fellow campers ahead of time on Camp Improv Utopia’s Facebook page.


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.