Comedy for the Weekend Warrior

07/09/2010

Here’s a look at comedy happening around town this weekend…

CUBED

Friday, July 9th

8:00PM – N Crowd | Actors Center | $10-$15
8:00PM – CUBED + Rookie Card | Shubin | $10
8:00PM – Ben Bailey | Helium Comedy Club | SOLD OUT
9:30PM – Fletcher + Friends | Shubin | $10
10:30PM – Ben Bailey | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30

Saturday, July 10th

7:30PM – ComedySportz Philly | Playground @ Adrienne | $10
8:00PM – Bare Hugs + WALT! | Shubin | $10
8:00PM – Kevin Brennan | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30
9:30PM – Epsilon Faction + Activity Book | Shubin | $10
10:00PM – ComedySportz Philly | Playground @ Adrienne | $10
10:30PM – Kevin Brennan | Helium Comedy Club | $25-$30
11:00PM – Sketch Open Mic: Sketch Up or Shut Up | Shubin | FREE

Sunday, July 11th

6:00PM – PHIT L1 Class Show | Shubin | FREE
7:00PM – Improv Incubator | Community Education Center | PWYC
7:00PM – Philly’s Phunniest | Helium Comedy Club | $10-$15
8:00PM – Bare Hugs + WALT! | Shubin | $10

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Comedian Profile: Ralph Andracchio

06/29/2010

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?

RALPH ANDRACCHIO

Might have seen him in: King Friday, WALT!, Pasiones de Pasiones (2010 Troika Champion)

Hangs his hat in: South Philly

Stomping Grounds: Philadelphia, PA

Pays the Bills as: Tech Support / Customer Service for an international non-profit

Other Hobbies: Painting, graphic design, video games

Why Improv?

I used to be the biggest spaz in Spazville.  All through grade school and high school, I was so painfully uncool.  I had a face full of acne, gangly limbs, and absolutely no social grace.  The only thing I really knew how to do was make people laugh.  I also enjoyed performing, but had the worst stage fright ever.  Any time I had to talk in front of people, I would turn into a jabbering mess.  So, after finally growing into a semi-well adjusted adult, I thought I’d challenge myself and bought a Level 1 class spot as a birthday present a few years back.

Improv has really helped me overcome a lot of the hang-ups I had speaking to people, especially if I have to get up in front of them.  It’s also sharpened my mind and given me a new level of confidence I never knew I could have.  And now that I’m a part of it, I find that the community is so diverse and filled with people from every point on the human spectrum.  We all got into improv for our own different reasons, but in the end, we all work towards the same goals.  I get more excited every day to learn more and put what I’ve learned into action onstage.  I can honestly say that becoming an improviser was one of the best things to ever happen to me, and I’m happier than I’ve ever been because of it.

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


Lineup for PHIT at the Shubin

06/29/2010

It’s time once again for the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER to take up residence at the Shubin Theatre. They’ve put together a lot of great programming to kick off July… including recurring favorites like the BULLY PULPIT, a new Cagematch challenger looking to take down THE ONES…, the very audience inclusive M@&, new Troika breakout DECONSTRUCTING STEVE, newcomers WALT!, the much anticipated KEVIN ALLISON SKETCH COMEDY SPECTACULAR and if memory serves, the first ever L1 CLASS SHOW. Here’s the breakdown:

Wed, June 30
8:00pm – The Bully Pulpit

Thu, July 1
8:00pm – M@& + Friends
9:30pm – Angry People Building Things + Friends

Fri, July 2
8:00pm – Deconstructing Steve + Leo Callahan
9:30pm – King Friday + Friends

Sat, July 3
6:00pm – Storytelling Grad Show
8:00pm – Kevin Allison’s Sketch Comedy Spectacular
9:30pm – Kevin Allison’s Sketch Comedy Spectacular

Mon, July 5
8:00pm – The Moops

Wed, July 7
8:00pm – Guilty Pleasures

Thu, July 8
8:00pm – Hey Everybody!
9:30pm – CAGEMATCH: Stranger, Danger vs. The Ones

Fri, July 9
8:00pm – CUBED + Rookie Card
9:30pm – Fletcher + Friends

Sat, July 10
8:00pm – Bare Hugs + WALT!
9:30pm – Epsilon Faction + Activity Book

Sun, July 11
6:00pm – Class Show: Emily Davis’ L1
8:00pm – WALT! + Bare Hugs


PHILLY IMPROV THEATER
JUNE 30 – JULY 11
SHUBIN THEATRE | 407 BAINBRIDGE ST
TICKETS: $5 – $10


Four more days of PHIT comedy at the Shubin

05/27/2010

With the holiday fast approaching, you only have a few more days to enjoy May programming from the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER.

Scheduled events include the return of CAGEMATCH, a movie screening and an assortment of shows… one of which features L3 grads. Let’s take a look:

Thursday
8:00PM – Improv Comedy PhD: Webber & Einstein + WALT! ($5)
9:30PM – CAGEMATCH: The Ones vs Two Guidos ($5)

Friday
8:00PM – Epsilon Faction & Friends ($10)
9:30PM – King Friday ($10)

Saturday
8:00PM – Screening: Catch 22’s Love is a Battlefield
9:30PM – Activity Book & Friends ($10)
11:00PM – Improv Jam: Flying Leap! (FREE)

Sunday
6:00PM – Class Show: Amie Roe’s Improv Level 3 (FREE)

Current Cagematch Champs: The Ones Your Moms Warned You About

PHIT @ THE SHUBIN
THROUGH MAY 30TH
407 BAINBRIDGE ST | BYOB


King Friday and WALT tonight at Studio 34

05/20/2010

PHIT house team KING FRIDAY performs their monthly show tonight at Studio 34 in West Philly with special guest WALT.

WALT is a recent addition to the improv scene, whose performers include Danny Score, Claire Halberstadt, Ralph Andracchio, Jeff Snyder, Ashley Villanueva, Patricia Powell, Alan Kaufman and Adam Hofe. There’s some great up-and-coming talent in that roster!

Bring some drinks and a little cash and get over to West Philly for all your late night longform needs.

KING FRIDAY w/ WALT
THURSDAY, MAY 20TH @ 1oPM
STUDIO 34 | 4522 BALTIMORE AVE
BYOB | PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN