The Wadsworth Constant – Final Show!

This Saturday, August 19th at 7:30 p.m. will be the final performance of PHIT’s long-running show The Wadsworth Constant.

The Wadsworth Constant is an improvised absurdist one-act play, a chance to laugh and commiserate at our bizarre shared human condition. Veteran improvisors and theatrical clowns Kristen Schier and Nick Gillette cook up a brand new play together, touching upon the existentialist fears and joys at the heart of us all.

The first performance of The Wadsworth Constant was in November 2014. Kristen and Nick performed the show a few times at PHIT and independent venues before PHIT picked the show up as part of its Dynamite Series. Kristen shared that her costume has changed exactly three times over the three years The Wadsworth Constant has been running.

Kristen and Nick realized they enjoy some of the same things about improv, and then realized they both love clowns and theater and soon came up with the idea to explore an improvised absurdist play. Kristen said, “The idea was scary and fun.”

We asked Kristen and Nick why they’ve most loved doing this show. Kristen shared, “I have loved doing this show for so many reasons not the least of which is sharing the stage with Nick – who makes anyone he plays with a better improviser. I also love doing this show because it scares the hell out of me. I like the way it is different form a lot of improv shows you might see, and I will admit I am proud of it.”

Nick responded, “Kristen is a joy to work with. This challenge of this show brings out the best in me. I feel like I have to play at the top of my form to keep up with her.”

The Wadsworth Constant is coached by Fred Brown.

Get your tickets to The Wadsworth Constant’s final performance now!

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Happy Karaoke Fun Time – One Night Only From NYC!

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome Happy Karaoke Fun Time for a special one night event on Saturday August 19th at 8:30 p.m.!

It’s Happy Karaoke Fun Time! Come to the opening (and closing) night of a brand-new, improvised one-act musical every show! NYC’s finest musical improvisers make up the scenes, choreography, and original lyrics to karaoke songs you know and love, all based on the title of a musical YOU shout out! You never know which tracks we’ll leap into, remix and make all our own — pop queens, R&B divas, boy bands and classic crooners are all fair game. It’s a different show each time!

“Happy Karaoke Fun Time is exactly what its title says it is: a happy fun time. You’ll laugh, you’ll clap. You’ll probably cheer. You may even tap your foot to the beat of the songs. You’ll leave feeling great.” – DAVID CLARK, BROADWAY WORLD

Get tickets to Happy Karaoke Fun Time now!

Learn from Phillip Markle! He’s teaching a special two-day intensive on August 19th and 20th!
More details can be found here!

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Rayqueesha and Jenny Take On The World

Rayqueesha and Jenny Take on the World will perform at PHIT on Friday August 18th at 7:30 p.m.!

Rayqueesha and Jenny Take on the World is an improv duo that takes on issues of race and racism. Sometimes we’re funny, sometimes we’re not, but we’ll always make you think. Performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

Rayqueesha and Jenny Take on the World is Yvonne Anderson and Stephanie Schechner.

Get your tickets now!

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The Midy Zevlin Coming For One Night Only!

PHIT is excited to announce The Midy Zevlin for a one night only event on Saturday, August 12th at 8:30 p.m.

The Midy Zevlin performs an exciting 2-person show that explores a world created by multiple characters. It is a smart and fast-paced performance that is enjoyed by both comedy nerds and first time viewers. The Midy Zevlin is Andy Devlin and Mike Zakarian.

Andy lives in and is from Boston. Andy trained and performed in Chicago at the Annoyance and iO theaters, and has performed comedy for ten years. Hailing from Boston and now a NYC transplant, Mike has been performing comedy for over 5 years. He got his start at ImprovBoston and has since begun training at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Reckless Theatre where he performs regularly.

Get your tickets now!

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PHIT HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR TWO NEW FALL IMPROV SHOWS!

On Sunday, August 27th, PHIT will be holding auditions for two new improvised shows to debut in November! Oculum (directed by Molly Scullion) and Not Yet Rated: The Improvised Movie (directed by Mike Marbach) will be part of an expanded programming line-up coming to PHIT through October and November. For full details on each show read on. We hope to see you at auditions in a couple weeks or in the audience in November!

Oculum
Directed by Molly Scullion

Oculem explores relationships, physicality and time through improv comedy. We will use improv and movement to embody the thoughts, feelings and ideas constantly running through our head. We will combine both grounded, relationship-driven scene work and the silliest fun in physicality to create an hour long improvised show. Oculum is inspired by a form created by Laura Doorneweerd (Amsterdam). Note: Though the audition will not require it, the show includes the potential for more physical contact. (Oculum will run on Friday nights starting in November 2017 through January 2018 with the potential to be extended .)

I did this form as a part of the Improvaganza International Ensemble in 2016, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I am so thrilled to be doing this show because I think it pushes the concept of improv beyond just a good, funny show. This show tugs at your heartstrings and makes you think, all while making you laugh, a lot. It’s unlike anything else, but at its core, the show is incredibly human. I’m very, very excited to bring this show to Philly. ~ Molly Scullion

Not Yet Rated: The Improvised Movie
Directed By Mike Marbach

In a world filled with movies… this one has not been made yet. Each week the cast will embark on a mission some of them may not survive- to create a completely improvised movie right before your eyes. You give them the title, they give you the world. The classic characters, the mind blowing special effects, the dramatic score and something that resembles a plot! From the people who brought you Study Hall and Stay Dead!, it’s Not Yet Rated: The Improvised Movie. Coming soon. (Not Yet Rated will run Thursday nights starting in November 2017 through January 2018 with the potential to be extended.)

I’ve directed improvised horror comedies at PHIT for the past seven years and every year I get the itch to expand that form into a different genre. Doing the improvised movie on a weekly basis will allow us to explore a different genre in depth every couple months and even dive into fun sub-genres. Eventually the suggestion itself can include the genre of film the cast will perform. It’s a show that’s super accessible to an non improv savvy audience, while still allowing for a lot of classic improv moves. As a lover of film and improv, I could not be more thrilled to finally get to do this regularly. ~Mike Marbach

AUDITION DATE AND TIME
Sunday, August 27th, 2017
10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.
There will be no callbacks.

AUDITION LOCATION
Philly Improv Theater
2030 Samson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mainstage (first floor)

PREREQUISITE
The prerequisite for this class is the completion of any comedy theater’s improv training program. If you do not meet the prerequisite, but would like special consideration, please fill out the audition form and follow-up with an email to contact@phitcomedy.com to explain why you are are seeking special consideration to audition.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Please bring a headshot or a recent photo of yourself. Resumes are not required, but will gladly be accepted.

PERFORMANCE COST / COMPENSATION
Your director and practice space are provided at no cost. You will have the opportunity to make some money from your performances. This payment is based on attendance and is not guaranteed. More details will be shared upon casting.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION!

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Fezziwig presents “Good Clean Fun”

PHIT’s newest sketch house team, Fezziwig, opens their newest show “Good Clean Fun” this weekend!

Fezziwig had an amazing first show and came back to the writing table with a bunch of ideas for this time around. They even included some of their actors in the writing process, and they got to see how their roles evolved through different drafts.

Head Writer Andrea Duffy said, “We’re over that getting-to-know-you new team Honeymoon Phase now, and what we found in early writing meetings for this show is that we like the weird ways everyone’s minds think, and we have the most fun when we’re daring each other to take it further.”

Get your tickets now for “Good Clean Fun!”
Thursday August 10th at 8:30pm
Friday August 11th at 8:30pm
Thursday August 17th at 8:30pm
Friday August 18th at 8:30pm

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Catch Double Play On Mondays In August!

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome Double Play for a month long run of shows every Monday in August at 10 PM for just $5 starting TONIGHT!

This is a full blown, toasty-good hour of improvised comedy served up by some of the finest players in the city and it’s coming at you for a crisp fiver.

Rob O’Neill said, “We’re super excited to do a month-long run at PHIT. We love working together so much and we normally only get to perform together once a month, so this is a special treat.”

Double Play uses a form called ‘The Soundtrack,’ meaning they use music to soundtrack their sets, like a movie. The music sets the tone and acts as the inspiration for what transpires. Follow Double Play on Facebook and suggest some songs for the shows! They’ll pull song suggestions from social media, create a big ol’ Spotify playlist, hit shuffle and see what happens. They need your help to do that. The more suggestions, the merrier!

Double Play is Andrew Coppola, Dan Corkery, Frank Farrell, Kristin Finger, Kevin Pettit, and Caitlin Weigel. They are directed by Maggy Keegan-Landis.

Get tickets to tonight’s Double Play show now!

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Swan Year and Channel 77’s Final Show!

This Saturday night, PHIT Comedy will have the final performances for two of our beloved house teams, Swan Year and Channel 77. Come out and celebrate the best way we know how: with lots of laughs and some cake.

Swan Year
Driven by strong emotions, indelible characters, deep relationships and the desire to make the audience (and one another) laugh, the team’s fabulous members work tirelessly to entertain you. Every duckling gets their Swan Year… it’s just a matter of when. Swan Year is Sam Abrams, Marcely Jean-Pierre, Kristofer Hodge, Annie Paradis, Jack O’Keeffe, and Lizzie Spellman. They are directed by Rob O’Neill.

Swan Year premiered on January 13th, 2016 and it’s only gotten more wet and wild since then.

Sam Abrams shared, “Playing with this team has been a privilege and a pleasure. I’ll really miss the wild and wonderful characters Swan Year comes up with- all of Jack’s Professors, Annie’s crafty mischievous surfer bros, Marcely’s kids, Lizzie’s accented busybodies, Hodge’s strange uncles, and Papa Rob giggling through it all.”

Jack O’Keeffe said, “The thing I’m going to miss most about playing with Swan Year is the sheer delight we all take in trying to make each other laugh. The joy in surprising each other or forcing someone to build on the ridiculous thing that has just been said. I’ve never been on a team that celebrates each other as much as Swan Year does, and I don’t know that I ever will again.”

When we asked Swan Year what they’d miss most about playing together, they responded “all the times we played sorority sisters and frat brothers together.” Jack O’Keeffe added to this, “I think inhabiting wild, youthful buffoons played to our collective strengths as a team.”

Channel 77
Channel 77 was cast in October 2015 and debuted in January 2016. Channel 77 is made up of Katie Cwirko, Kate Fruhman, Lali Gill, AJ Horan, Andrew Nealis, Dave Sucharski, and Joe Wendrychowicz. They are directed by Joe Tuzzi. Joe Wendrychowicz says he will miss the controlled chaos his teammates created.

Be sure to get your tickets to Swan Year and Channel 77’s final show in advance!

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The Flat Earth presents “Best Regrets”

The Flat Earth, PHIT’s oldest sketch house team, opened their newest show last weekend. The show is called “Best Regrets,” which encapsulates the themes of the sketches but also the writing process itself.

Read a Q&A with Matt Schmid, a writer and performer on The Flat Earth, below!

What was the writing process like for this show?
The writing process was a little bit different for this show. Since we’re celebrating our five-year anniversary this year, we’ve been looking back and seeing which sketches we would like to include in our upcoming best-of show for the Philly Fringe Festival. While looking back we kept coming across sketches that we really liked but never quite worked on stage. We decided to use this show to rewrite and rework old sketches and see if we could fix them. Writing the show felt like a collaboration between us and ourselves from three or four years ago. While writing the show we realized that some of the sketches were bad for a reason, so the show contains a mix of new and reworked material.

What most excites The Flat Earth about this show?
There’s at least one sketch in this show that is a completely reworked version of a sketch that I wrote for our second show back in 2013. I was really embarrassed by that sketch and it how it went the first time so I’m very thankful for the opportunity to hack it to pieces and try it again all these years later.

Also, there’s a sketch where Rich Lee sings opera.

What can audiences expect? What would you like them to know going into the show, if anything?
This show is probably the loudest and dumbest show we’ve ever put on… and I mean that in a good way. Also, this is the 16th consecutive Flat Earth show to reference The Maccaroni Grille, which is a thing we decided we would do for no reason at all while writing our very first show in 2012.

How is this show different than other The Flat Earth shows?
The last few shows The Flat Earth has done all contained a lot of very short sketches. This show has more than a few sketches that really take their time. I forgot how much I love to write sketches that slow the pace down and explore the weird world they inhabit.

Anything else you would like to say about the show!
We are lucky to get to perform this show with two incredible acts, The Amazing Flying Edelmen and American Express. The Edelmens are so funny and their show at PHIT “The Gimmick Show” is one of the weirdest, silliest shows I’ve ever seen on stage in Philly. The last time I caught American Express I was blown away. They have such a great energy whether they’re performing sketch or improv and they have a special way of making the audience feel like they’re in on the fun instead of just spectating.

Get tickets to “Best Regrets” for Friday July 38th at 8:30 p.m., Thursday August 3rd at 8:30 p.m., or for Friday August 4th at 8:30 p.m.!

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The Live Read with Gab Bottoni Debuts Tomorrow!

After a fruitful submission period, the teleplay writers and their half-hour pilots have been selected, and a full lineup of comedy cast-mates have been chosen to join Gab onstage for the first installment of THE LIVE READ on Wednesday, July 26th at 10 p.m.!

Gab and her cast of comedy buds will do a table read of Malaika Carpenter and Tarshara Baker‘s “DO BETTER,” and Jack O’Keeffe‘s “HELLA FUN” — both original, half-hour pilots — in front of a live audience. 

“DO BETTER” is about best friends, Myesha and Tasha, who after getting dumped on the same day, make a pact to re-define happily ever after by discovering what truly makes them happy.

“HELLA FUN” is a half-hour comedy about Kate, a young demon from Hell, who is banished to Earth and forced to dedicate her life to making one other person happy. Unfortunately, the person she’s tasked with making happy – Helen – is about as miserable as they come.

THE LIVE READ CAST IS:

Gabriella Bottoni
Olivia Kram
Chris Berg
Scott Campbell
Sarah Clemency
Remi Dhillon
Chris Esperance
Erica Gooch
Will (Pro Cess) Harris
Randie Welles

The Live Read with Gab Bottoni comes to the PHIT Comedy 2nd Stage THIS WEDNESDAY (July 26th) at 10PM! Whether you’re coming for the stories, the cast, or the FREE BEER, we’ll see you there!

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Fjord and Mainstage’s Final Show

This Saturday night, PHIT Comedy will have the final performances for two of our beloved house teams, Mainstage and Fjord. Come out and celebrate the best way we know how: with lots of laughs and some cake.

Mainstage
The cast of Mainstage is Caitilin Weigel, Dan Corkery, David Donnella, Erin Pitts, Hasreet Gill, Jacob Todd, Jess Snow, Kristen Schier, Marcely Jean-Pierre, Pim Van Huijkelom, Robyn Cartlidge, Sheila Master, and Whitney Harris. They are directed by Frank Farrell.

Fjord
Fjord is Gab Bottoni, Scott Campbell, Sarah Clemency, Alex Coffey, and Joe Tuzzi. Fjord is directed by Kristen Schier. They have been together since October 2015. For their last show, former teammates Casey Hogan, Pim Van Huijkelom, and Kathryn Amrhein are all coming back to play with Fjord.

We asked Fjord a few questions about their time with this team. Read their answers below!

What will you miss most about playing with this team?
Joe:Playing with some of my best friends on a weekly basis.
Gab: I will miss seeing my weird, loving family on stage every week. I will miss everything about them as people and as players onstage and off. I will miss being with people I truly have no boundaries with. But mostly I will miss being lifted and/or being smooched by Scott.
Scott: I think the things that I will miss the most are the dumb warm up games we make up on the spot, the unconditional support in and out of scenes, and how weird we are together. Fjord has a reputation for being very close in a weird way and I take a lot of pride in that. It is very special.

Sarah: HOLY SHIT! I’m going to miss playing with this crew. We were all so weird and clicked with our weirdness almost instantly. I’ll miss Joe’s insane moves. That dude will literally throw out his back for improv and his team. Gab’s sexual tension with all of us. Alex’s calm way of saying the most ridiculous lines. Kathryn and my peas in a pod scenes. Pim being able to make an argument scene be so much fun. Casey being the best at calling out bullshit in scenes. He consistently made me break. Ryan being a big sexy goofball who would go along with ANYTHING. Shawna being a big witty dream. And I won’t miss anything about Scott because I get to still be on a team with him because I’m a lucky person. I love this team and these people.
Alex: I will miss getting to work with some of the funniest people I know every week and genuine love and respect we have for each other.

 

What are some of your favorite memories from playing with this team?
Joe: All the kisses
Gab: A lot of my favorite memories went down outside of Philly, while traveling for improv festivals with Fjord. My first time out of the country was with Fjord for the Vancouver International Improv Festival. A couple of Fjordies who I won’t name got in a big drunk vacation fight and hopped out of the driver seat of our rental van. I had to jump up from the backseat and take over and go find these dummies. It was pretty Fast & Furious, tbh, so I had fun. My first time performing in the Del Close Marathon was 3 years ago with Fjord. They always try to wing man me with Jason Mantzoukas but, y’know, to no avail. We have fun.
Scott: I’m not going to bore readers with details of scenes, but my favorite memories are of high stakes / high energy scenes with Joe, dark scenes with Alex, scenes where I got to push Sarah’s boundaries (mentally and physically), creating intense relationships with Gab, my various on stage sexual encounters with Ryan, reacting to Shawna’s beautiful, beautiful brain,  constantly attempting to curve ball Casey only to have him one up me every time, being pushed by Pim regularly to be a better improviser, and last but not least.. steamrolling (literally) Kathryn.

Sarah: Definitely traveling together. Also I will always cherish Fjordies drinking Fourties, and Fjord 20s. These were some of my first friends at the theater. They can’t get rid of me easily. So more memories to come!!!!
Alex: Scott and Joe lifting me up, getting to go to Vancouver hanging all weekend, and having the building evacuated because we (Scott and Ryan) got really into bunny bunny and cause the building to shake.

Fjord would like to thank the PHIT community, especially the students and fellow improvisers who come out and support them on a regular basis. They said, “It means a lot to have that support in the audience and we truly love you all for it. We also want to thank Adam for casting us, and a huge thanks to Kristen Schier for directing us these past 15 months. We have grown a lot especially in the last year and a big part of that was Kristen pushing us to be better and imparting her infinite wisdom upon us. We love her and can’t thank her enough.”

Last week, Hoffman and 1816’s final show sold out, so be sure to get tickets to Fjord and Mainstage’s final show now!

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Hoffman and 1816’s Final Show

Tonight, PHIT Comedy will have the final performances for two of our beloved house teams, Hoffman and 1816. Come out and celebrate the best way we know how: with lots of laughs and some cake.

Hoffman
Like a tickle fight for all of your senses, a Hoffman comedy experience is more than chuckles. It’s a full-body laughter massage! Hoffman is Whitney Harris, Cole Johnston, Kayleigh Leggitt, Andrew Sigwart, Peter Szekeres, and Jacob Todd. Hoffman is directed by Max Sittenfield.

 

1816

1816 is Jolie Darrow, Brendan Kingston, Sheila Master, Jon Plester, Sean Sullivan, and Aaron Unice. 1816 is directed by Sam Scavuzzo. They have been together since October 2014 and for their last show they have invited former teammates and both directors they have had to come play in with them.

Jolie Darrow shared, “At the very first 1816 practice, and our very first montage, Nicole Zeits laid down on the ground, patted it, and initiated with “Sit down boo.” It was brilliant. There was also a time when half the team played exotic zoo animals and the other half played owners, and the owners carried around all the zoo animals all over stage.”

Brendan Kingston also shared, “Everyone on this team is such a strong, grounded, funny player. Being a late addition, I felt immediately at home and among friends, and it’s only accelerated from there. I’ll most miss just hanging out, practicing, and laughing. Also I will miss the sound of tug boat horns from the sidelines.”

Tickets are selling fast – get yours now!

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Announcing the Newest PHIT Improv House Teams!

This past weekend PHIT held auditions for brand new Wednesday and Saturday improv house teams. This was our first house team audition in over a year and at nearly two hundred people, our largest audition ever. Everyone was wonderful, which made the casting process exceptionally difficult. After several days of deliberation we are pleased to announce our newest PHIT Improv House Teams!

These teams will go be behind closed doors getting into fighting shape for their September debuts. We couldn’t be more excited to see each of them in action (and also find out what they choose as their new team names!). Look for Wednesday teams to debut on September 6th and Saturday teams to start debuting on September 9th.

INTRODUCING CODENAME BLACKFYRE DIRECTED BY TOM HANNIGAN
Tom: I’m very excited to get to work with so many great performers. We truly agonized over what configuration would work best, given the number of high-quality performers we saw throughout the weekend. This group is full of fun players who will make fun and bold choices on stage and help build a welcoming community off stage.

Samantha Abrams
Yvonne Anderson
Peter Quach Duong
Bobby Hayes
Alexis Howland
Tia Kemp
Drew Klemens
Joel Thomas
Joseph Tuzzi

INTRODUCING CODENAME SUNSPSEAR DIRECTED BY SHEILA MASTER
Sheila: Last weekend proved that Philly is overflowing with talent.  It was incredible, but also made my job extremely difficult.  This team is a bunch of delightful improvisers that I can’t wait to laugh with, be surprised by and support during this experience.

Christina Anthony
Jigesh Baxi
Chris Berg
Jabari Dortch
Madison Helmick
Tess Liebersohn
Brett Rader
Jacob Todd
Meghan Walsh

In addition to these fresh new Wednesday night teams we set out to assemble new teams for Saturday. Casting all new Saturday teams was admittedly a big task and it was not one we took lightly. After the amazing showing over the weekend and at callbacks we ended up casting the most teams we have ever cast at the theater at one time and are so happy with each one of them. These Saturday teams will be choosing their directors and we will announce those at a later date.

CODENAME ANDURIL
Scott Campbell
Sarah Clemency
Andrew Coppola
Nicholas Elmer
Brendan Kingston
Cara McGuffin
Melinda Messina
Andrew Nealis
Sean Sullivan
Jimmy Wyatt
CODENAME ELEVENSIES
Gabriella Bottoni
Robyn Cartlidge
Katie Cwirko
Adrian de Leon
Tom Hannigan
Marcely Jean-Pierre
Kevin Pettit
Kristen Schier
Joe Wendrychowicz
CODENAME EVENSTAR
Kelly Conrad
Shannon Fahey
Stacie Lyons
Sheila Master
Emma Needleman
Erin Pitts
Molly Scullion
Christine Walden
Randie Welles
CODENAME MITHRANDIR
Tara Demmy
Chris Esperance
Matt Garren
Nick Gillette
Apple Milkshake
Kelly Jo Little
Courtney Painter
Jon Plester
Lizzie Spellman
CODENAME RADAGAST
Karen Coleman
Jolie Darrow
Derrick Houck
Dan McClory
Jack O’Keeffe
Annie Paradis
Raja Rajanathan
Peter Szekeres
Pim van Huijkelom

There is so much talent here in Philly. We were genuinely impressed by so many people that we simply did not have room for. There are more auditions and performance opportunities coming soon and we can’t wait make more tough decisions like the above. Meanwhile keep growing and doing great work, which is its own reward.

Be sure to get out and support the current slate of PHIT improv house teams that will have their last shows on 7/22, 7/29, and 8/5 @ 8:30 p.m. They have done amazing work and we look forward to celebrating their runs.

Kristen Schier
Improv Producer

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Shark Tank: The Final Episode

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome “Shark Tank”: The Final Episode on Friday, July 21st at 10:30pm and Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00pm!

“Shark Tank”: The Final Episode is a bizarro take on the reality show Shark Tank that imagines a jaded panel of business experts listening to dumb product pitches while looking for any excuse to end the show for good. But it’s live, on stage, and scripted. The show is set up like a live taping of a TV show, complete with an audience warm up comic (Ari Fishbein) and eight new real (fake) commercials.

The cast is Molly Scullion, Rob O’ Neill, David Donnella, Frank Farrell, Katie Cwirko, Geoff Jackson, Whitney Harris, Annie Paradis, Jim Grammond, Jess Snow, Jeff Kremzier, Bill Reick, Pete Szekeres, Kate Banford, and Karen Coleman.

“Shark Tank”: The Final Episode was written by Max Sittenfield and Sean Keegan-Landis. How did they come up with the idea for this show? “Max was watching the show Survivor and thought, “Hey, I could write a Shark Tank script.” He couldn’t. But he and Sean could.” The audience does not need to know anything about Shark Tank to enjoy this show.

Check out one of the show’s real (fake) commercials!

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Announcing Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2017 Producers

PHIT Comedy is thrilled to announce that planning for Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2017 is officially underway! The producers for this year’s festival have been selected and have started discussions for the marathon. Read more about this year’s producers below!

BFCM 2017 will also be opening festival submissions on Monday, July 17th and closing them on September 15th. Keep an eye out for the submission forms!

Tom Hannigan – Executive Producer

Tom Hannigan has been studying and performing improv for over five years. Tom’s been a member of PHIT House Teams Metropolis and Outside Voices as well as in short run shows Stay Dead!: An Improvised Horror Comedy and Reasonable Doubt for the 2013 Philly Fringe Festival. At PHIT, Tom has taught workshops and hosted his pick up improv show, Super Human Horse, for over two years. In the Fall, he’ll be the director of one of the two Harold teams performing every Wednesday night.

 

Nicole Yates – Stand-Up Producer

Nicole Yates is a Philly-based Standup Comic who has appeared all over the country in shows at clubs, bars and back rooms of burrito restaurants. She has also appeared in a bunch of silly viral videos, wrote for some late night local talk shows and sketch teams and is the proud Co-Founder of the BFCM. In her free time she enjoys sleeping, various nerdy stuff and collecting things your mom yelled at you for having right after stepping on and then threw out. She also really likes pizza.

 

 

 

 

Kayleigh Liggitt – Assistant Improv Producer

Kayleigh has been performing improv for about 7 years. She is currently on PHIT house team Hoffman, she runs and performs in the show CORE, and she produces indie shows Free Improv at the Grape Room and Improv Under the El. When she is not doing improv she likes to bike, do yoga, keep tiny humans alive and play Sims.

 

 

 

 

 

Patric Ciervo – Assistant Sketch Producer

Patric Ciervo is a comedy writer from Philadelphia who has been active in the sketch comedy scene since fall 2013 with his project Patric Writes Sketches. He is also a member of the PHIT house team Fezziwig. His greatest life achievement is that he once sold Tina Fey a Betsy Ross House Christmas ornament.

 

 

 

 

Alyssa Al-Dookhi – Assistant Variety Producer

Alyssa Al-Dookhi is an Arab American comedian, writer and game show host living in Philadelphia.
She produces and hosts various shows all over Philadelphia, including the game shows “Eat Your Beats!” and “Make Up Or Break Up.” She can be seen frequently at The Punch Line Comedy Club in Philadelphia and has been featured at the annual Bechdel Test Fest and the Philly Women’s Theater Festival.

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The Decoy Gets Away

 It’s summertime at PHIT Comedy which can only mean three things: white water rafting, piña coladas, and Jack Black, baby! Check out The Decoy‘s newest live sketch comedy show at PHIT Comedy: The Decoy “Gets Away” – a collection of hilarious, fast paced, “super wow I am impressed at how much fun I am having while I enjoy this show it is like a vacation!” comedy sketches.

The Decoy is Carolyn Beatty, Chris Berg, Tyler Bonner, Kelly Conrad, Christopher Esperance, Shannon Fahey, Emily Kinslow, Dan McClory, Pat Reber, Annie Paradis, and Molly Scullion. They are directed by Brian Rumble.

You can catch “The Decoy Gets Away” Thursday July 13th at 8:30 p.m., Friday July 14th at 8:30 p.m., Thursday July 20th at 8:30 p.m., and Friday July 21st at 8:30 p.m.

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Special One Night Only Shows To Catch!

Improv trio Beirdo will appear live at PHIT Comedy for one night only on Thursday July 13th at 9:00pm! Beirdo is Kevin Pettit (Philly), Dennis Trafny (NY), and Dan Jacquette (Minneapolis). Get your tickets to Beirdo!

PHIT is also excited to welcome “We Might Just Kiss” from Magnet Theater in NYC on Friday July 14th at 10:30pm! Lady improvisers join together for “We Might Just Kiss,” hosted by Megan Gray. Megan is the Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater. Get your tickets here!

Megan will also be teaching a workshop, Lady Party, at PHIT on July 15th at 12:00pm. More details about the workshop can be found here!

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PHIT Digital Sketch Team “The Worst Generation” Seeking New Writers!

PHIT’s Digital Sketch Team “The Worst Generation” is looking for ​new writers! The Worst Generation has been creating digital sketch videos for just about a year now and is looking to expand their already strong roster.

The Worst Generation is directed by Digital Sketch instructor and Page One / 1816 cast member Jon Plester who says, “I’m very excited to see members of the community who may not already have the opportunity to do sketch on stage, or very passionately want to create sketch comedy, come out and submit packets that blow me away. The Worst Generation already includes several hilarious and wonderful people, I can’t wait to see who we’re going to add to this already talented and hard working roster.”

The Worst Generation writing team meets weekly on Thursday nights with the goal of creating new ​videos at a consistent rate. PHIT is looking for writers who can think outside the box, surprise the audience, and most importantly – make people laugh. We are also looking for writers who are comfortable performing.

If you are interested in submitting to be a writer/performer for the Worst Generation please follow the below guidelines:

  • Submit a packet in PDF format WITHOUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON IT.
  • The submission packet must be in PDF format​.​
  • Packet should​ 10 pages or less and should be comprised of at least 3 sketches. ​
  • The packet should also include 10​ sketch pitches (this does not count towards the 10 pages).
  • In the body of the email please include your Phone Number, sketch writing / performing experience and any special skills (or a resume with all of these things if you have one).

​​All necessary materials​ should be submitted​ to ​contact@phitcomedy.com by 11:59 PM on ​Sunday, July 29th, 2017. Please use the subject line “​Worst Generation Packet – [FULL NAME]” when e-mailing the PDF.​

We ask that all writers submitting packets are either enrolled in or have completed Sketch 101 at the Philly Improv Theater​ or have special permission of director, Jon Plester​.

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Finders Keepers, Our Family-Friendly Show, Is Moving To A NEW TIME!

PHIT Comedy is thrilled to announce that Finders Keepers, our family-friendly improv show, will be moving to Saturday afternoons at 12:00pm beginning July 8th! Each Saturday, the cast of Finders Keepers incorporates audience ideas and participation to create never-before-seen, improvised shows that delight our patrons of all ages.

What if dust bunnies were actual, talking dust bunnies living under your bed? What sorts of adventures might they get into? What happens when a closet full of talking shoes has to deal with how noisy their friend the clog is or try to conduct a meeting with their friend the slipper, who keeps sliding off her chair into a sleepy lump on the ground? What if you went away on vacation and the neighbors you asked to watch your house while you were gone went completely overboard, deciding that the best way to do this would be to move into your house and even fill in for you at your jobs? These are but a few of the characters and comedic situations Finders Keepers brought to the stage last year. Don’t miss a chance to help shape and be a part of the adventures the cast and audience will go on in the future!

The cast of Finders Keepers is comprised of some of Philly’s most talented, playful, young-at-heart improvisers, who captivate our audiences with their lively, interactive performances. Students in our Kids & Teens training center have the added delight of seeing some of their very own teachers performing onstage! Each show runs approximately 45 minutes and is appropriate for all ages. We encourage caregivers to take into consideration the length of the performance when deciding if it is best geared to their children’s attention spans. So, grab your kids and come to our 2nd Stage for some hilarious improv fun, and then make a day of it in Center City by visiting Rittenhouse Park or indulging in some of the tasty treats at the restaurants, bakeries and ice cream parlors in our neighborhood!

Finders Keepers tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults.

Get your tickets to Finders Keepers’ July 8th show here!

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The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie present “Sob Stories” With Special Guests The New Dreamz

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie as they present their show, “Sob Stories.”

“Sob Stories” is the latest full-length sketch show from best friend sketch comedy duo The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie since their acclaimed 2015 show “Sketch Comedy.”

The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie is a Philly sketch duo consisting of Matthew Schmid and Jacquie Baker. Matt & Jacquie’s dark, absurd, and surprisingly genuine sketches feature doomed idiots who are just doing the best they can.

The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie’s sketch videos have garnered attention from The A.V. Club and Comedy Cake and nominations at the 2016 FirstGlance Film Festival. Matt & Jacquie have opened for Emo Philips, Brent Weinbach, and DJ Douggpound, and they have performed at the New York Comedy Festival, Toronto Sketchfest, Montréal Sketchfest, and Philly Sketchfest. Philebrity has described The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie as “essential viewing for the comedy obsessed” and Matt & Jacquie’s previous show “Sketch Comedy” was called “impressive” by Montréal’s Bad Feeling Magazine.

Opening for “Sob Stories” is The New Dreamz. The New Dreamz is a performance team comprised of Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. They make videos and perform live. Most of their work is funny on purpose. Andrew and Rose are art friends and live in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Via planes, trains and automobiles they perform all over the globe.

Get your tickets for Thursday here or your tickets for Friday here!

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