Announcing the Directors of Our Upcoming Improv House Teams!

It was announced last week that on November 11th, 2017 PHIT will be holding auditions for its newest improv teams. These teams will be performing weekly on Wednesday nights from January through June of 2018. At this time we are excited to announce the directors of these two new teams!

ROBYN CARTLIDGE
Robyn has been performing improv at PHIT for several years. In years past you might have seen her with 1816, but these days you can see her performing with PHIT House Team Dutch as well as monthly in Page One and Aretha’s Hat. Robyn has always been an encouraging and warm presence at PHIT. She has such a watchable presence on stage and I think she is capable of translating that honesty to a new cast as a director. She brings a depth of experience as a performer and a coach that I know will serve the team she works with very well.

I’m a sucker for a good Harold, so I’m very much excited to put together a team to focus their energy solely on this form with a more organic focus. I’m interested in making up a team of people who are kind to each other on and off the stage, people who are excited to learn and make mistakes, and most importantly people who are ready to build something great together. ~ Robyn

MARCELY JEAN-PIERRE
Marcely is a former member of PHIT House Team Swan Year. He recently completed a second run of Family Business at PHIT with his all POC team, American Express. You can see Marcely most Saturdays on new PHIT House Team Dutch. The only thing bigger than Marcely’s smile is his heart. Watching Marcely as a performer is a lesson in generosity, support, and playfulness. His talent and experience are a great combination for shaping an exciting new team at PHIT.

I’m actually really looking forward to the audition process, even though I know it makes for a very long couple of days.. I’ve had the pleasure of being on several teams comprised of very silly, fun folk who aren’t afraid to make big choices and love making each other look good. I would love to have a team with a similar vibe. ~ Marcely

Congrats to Marcely and Robyn! We are looking very forward to the teams these two fantastic performers are going to put together. If you are interested in auditioning for these teams you can click here for more information. If you don’t audition for a house team now you’ll be waiting until Spring of 2018!

Kristen Schier
Improv Producer

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It’s Almost Halloween!

Come celebrate Friday the 13th and Halloween with Count Propula and Friends! Starring America’s premiere prop comedian, The Legendary Wid as Count Propula, It’s Almost Halloween will trick and treat audience members with stand-up, sketches, and videos featuring Brian Craig (Secret Pants), Doogie Horner (America’s Got Talent), John Kensil (Caroline’s Comedy Hour), Joe Moore (Guilty Pleasures, Dog Mountain), and Samantha Russell (Secret Pants, Goat Rodeo)!

Get your tickets now!

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WINTER IMPROV AUDITIONS ARE COMING!

If it seems as if there are auditions for something at PHIT every few weeks these days that’s been pretty accurate for summer and fall. There’s a lot going on with new teams and new shows being planned and we need the great talent Philly has to offer to make them all happen. On November 11th, 2017 we will be holding auditions for our newest improv teams that will debut Wednesdays in January 2018 and run through June 2018. Directors for these upcoming teams will be announced next week!

Below is some basic information about the upcoming auditions as well as the link to submit. If you ​would ​like to know everything we can possibly think to tell you ​about the auditions before requesting an audition​ you can also click the link to the ​Winter PHIT House Team Audition FAQ.​ If you’re ready to request an audition time you can click here to request an audition time!​ If you don’t jump into these auditions you’ll be waiting until late Spring 2018 for the next round.

I hope that we see you at auditions. We know how much talent there is on the PHIT stage, going through the training center, and performing around Philly in general and we want to see everyone.

Thank you,

Kristen Schier
Improv Producer
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​IMPORTANT ​DATES
​Audition: ​Saturday, ​November 11th, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.​.
​Callbacks: Sunday, ​November 12th, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
*Times could be extended or limited based on demand.

LOCATION
Philly Improv Theater @ the Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Main Stage (first floor)

PREREQUISITE
Auditioners must have completed PHIT Improv 401, be actively enrolled in Improv 401 (not just enrolled for an upcoming session), or have the approval of the Improv Producer.​ To be considered for an audition if you do not meet the prerequisite, or can not attend auditions, you will need to fill out the audition form and follow-up with an email to contact@phitcomedy.com with the subject AUDITION WAIVER and explain why you feel an exception should be made. ​

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

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The Decoy presents “The House on Decoy Hill”

 

This special Halloween-themed performance is headlined by The Decoy. PHIT Comedy sketch house team The Decoy presents a spooky new batch of sketches guaranteed to leave you doubled-over in laughter…or fright. Join The Decoy at their house on Decoy Hill as they explore the intricate lives of monsters and the like.

Maurice Bryans is the owner of the house on Decoy Hill. Mr. Bryans says, “I’m so excited for you all to come see my lovely home. Our home. I live alone… mostly. Won’t you join me? Not a question.”

The Decoy has been spending countless hours inside their house on Decoy Hill preparing for this show. As a special incentive, they’ve put together the following word search. There are 15 words hidden in this puzzle. If you can find all 15 and bring your word search to the show, you’ll earn a very special prize – one Bryans Buck. What in the world is a Bryans Buck, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to #EnterTheHouse to find out…

You have SIX chances to catch “The House on Decoy Hill”
Friday, October 13th @ 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14th @ 9:00 p.m.
Friday, October 20th @ 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 21st @ 9:00 p.m.
Friday, October 27th @ 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28th @ 9:00 p.m.

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Goat Rodeo presents “Mr. Goaterson’s Rodeo”

Join PHIT Comedy sketch house team Goat Rodeo as they present a brand new scripted comedy show! PHIT sketch shows have now moved to Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m. on the Second Stage, and Goat Rodeo is the first team to do so!

A message from Goat Rodeo:
“Howdy there my little Cowboys, Cowgirls and Cowpeople (for any of you PC-minded folk out there.) It’s me, your ol’ pal Mr. Goaterson! The rooty-toot-tootin’est, six-gun-shootin’est, children’s-daytime-TV-show-hostin’est cowpoke in the West (on the East coast.) You know, it’s always a beautiful day in the Goaterhood, and you’re invited to join me, Mr. Goaterson, at my rodeo: Mr. Goaterson’s Rodeo! Well, shucks, there may be dirt on the ground, but I can guarantee that Mr. Goaterson’s Rodeo is a great place for the little’uns to learn about kid-friendly* lessons like the importance of book learnin’ at school, earnin’ your keep, and proper bedtime rituals! So, hold on to your caboose, Cowpeople, and mosey on over to PHIT Theater to see me, my pal William the Goat, and my sketch comedy friends, Goat Rodeo who are fixin’ to bring you a show that will, by hook or crook, leave you laughin’- and all you have to do is be there to see it! If you ask me, that sounds like a fair shake. And heck, as if you needed more reason to go, the PHIT is BYOB in case any of you city slickers wanna wet your whistle before, during or after the show. Just be sure to bring a little bit extra for Ol’ Mr. Goaterson, ya hear?)”

Get your tickets to Goat Rodeo’s final two performances of “Mr. Goaterson’s Rodeo” below!
Friday October 6th at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday October 7th at 9:00 p.m.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Variety Show

¡Bienvenidos! Hispanic Heritage Variety Show is a comedy show dedicated to showcasing Latinx/Hispanic comedians, writers, and performers of Philadelphia! This show was put together to celebrate Latin American culture and it’s people and everyone is welcome!

Wilfredo Diaz put this show together. He shared with us, “I think it’s important for the community to see that Latin Americans have a presence in the comedy scene in Philadelphia. And I think it’s just as important for other Latinx/Hispanics in Philly to see themselves represented on stage. I know when I started out, it would have impacted me in some way and that is what I hope to accomplish with this show. I am particularly excited about this because on top of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with comedy, we get to help out Puerto Rico in their time of need.”

This Hispanic Heritage Month we have:
Sketch written and performed by Bryan Yañez-Oliv, Christian Mangual, and Wilfredo J. Diaz
Stand-up by Miguel Dalmau
“Si Se Puede: An Immigrant Story” a one-person act written and performed by Wilfredo J. Diaz
Improv set featuring AJ de Leon, Angelina Meehan, Leticia Viloria, Oliver Dee, and Wilfredo J. Diaz

Donations will be taken at the door, and a portion of the show’s proceeds will go to hispanicfederation.org to help our brothers and sisters over in Puerto Rico.

So come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us at PHIT!

 

Hispanic Heritage Variety Show will premiere on Thursday, October 5th at 8:00 p.m.
Get your tickets now!

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Announcing the Cast of With Mirth & Laughter: Improv in the Style of Shakespeare!

Last week we had auditions for what was, at the time, an untitled improvised Shakespare show. Not only do we have a title now, but we have a great cast to announce as well. With Mirth & Laughter: Improv in the Style of Shakespeare, directed by Steve Kleinedler, will debut Friday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. Mark thy calendar, for the showeth wilt beest hither soon. Get thy tickets anon!

CAST
Samantha Abrams
Rob Alesiani
Adam Cooper
Katie Cwirko
Ashley Fee
Noah Levine
Jack Presby
Rachel Semigran
Jessica Snow
Joseph Tuzzi
Leticia Viloria
Melissa Widhson

With Mirth & Laughter is part of a growing line-up of awesome new shows to see at PHIT. that join our already fantastic teams and shows. It’s also worth noting that in October we change up our scheduling so that every show starts on the hour. You can arrive at 7pm to see With Mirth & Laughter and catch our full line-up at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm! You’ll see improv, sketch, stand-up and more!

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DUNK TANK Premieres!

Come out for the PREMIERE of a new Saturday night house team, DUNK TANK, this Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 p.m.!

PHIT’s Saturday Night has become the cornerstone of Philly’s improvised comedy scene. Mixing amazing storytelling, quick wits, hilarious chaos and a dash of audience participation, an elite cast of the city’s best improvisers create shows that are never seen before and will never be seen again at every performance. Truth! Comedy! Laughs!

DUNK TANK is Tara Demmy, Chris Esperance, Matt Garren, Nick Gillette, Apple Milkshake, Kelly Jo Little, Courtney Painter, Jon Plester, and Lizzie Spellman.

Get your tickets for DUNK TANK’s premiere here!

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Dutch and Deep State Premieres!

Come out for the PREMIERE of two of the new Saturday night house teams, Dutch and Deep State, this Saturday, September 16th at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. respectively!

PHIT’s Saturday Night has become the cornerstone of Philly’s improvised comedy scene. Mixing amazing storytelling, quick wits, hilarious chaos and a dash of audience participation, an elite cast of the city’s best improvisers create shows that are never seen before and will never be seen again at every performance. Truth! Comedy! Laughs!

Dutch is Gabriella Bottoni, Robyn Cartlidge, Katie Cwirko, Tom Hannigan, Marcely Jean-Pierre, Kevin Pettit, Kristen Schier, and Joe Wendrychowicz.

Deep State is Karen Coleman, Jolie Darrow, Derrick Houck, Dan McClory, Jack O’Keeffe, Annie Paradis, Raja Rajanathan, and Peter Szekeres.

Get your tickets for Dutch’s premiere at 9pm here and tickets for Deep State’s premiere at 10pm here!

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Hooch and Overlook Premiere!

Come out for the PREMIERE of two of the new Saturday night house teams, Hooch and Overlook, this Saturday, September 9th at 10:00 p.m.!

PHIT’s Saturday Night has become the cornerstone of Philly’s improvised comedy scene. Mixing amazing storytelling, quick wits, hilarious chaos and a dash of audience participation, an elite cast of the city’s best improvisers create shows that are never seen before and will never be seen again at every performance. Truth! Comedy! Laughs!

Overlook is Scott Campbell, Sarah Clemency, Andrew Coppola, Brendan Kingston, Cara McGuffin, Melinda Messina, Andrew Nealis, and Jimmy Wyatt.

Hooch is Kelly Conrad, Shannon Fahey, Stacie Lyons, Sheila Master, Emma Needleman, Erin Pitts, Molly Scullion, Christine Walden, and Randie Welles.

Get your tickets now!

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New Wednesday House Teams Debut!

Come out for the PREMIERE of our brand new Wednesday night house teams, Jillroy and Fan Club, on Wednesday, September 6th at 9:30 p.m.!

Wednesday nights are the night to catch our newest house teams providing the quickest laughs in the city. Be sure to always check the schedule for our pop-up 10 PM shows! PHIT’s Wednesday Night is the perfect way to get over the mid-week hump!

Jillroy is Samantha Abrams, Yvonne Anderson, Peter Quach Duong, Bobby Hayes, Alexis Howland, Tia Kemp, Drew Klemens, Joel Thomas, and Joseph Tuzzi. Jillroy is directed by Tom Hannigan

Fan Club is Christina Anthony, Jigesh Baxi, Chris Berg, Jabari Dortch, Madison Helmick, Tess Liebersohn, Brett Rader, Jacob Todd, and Meghan Walsh. Fan Club is directed by Sheila Master.

Get your tickets now!

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ANNOUNCING THE CASTS OF OCULUM AND NOT YET RATED!

This past weekend PHIT held auditions for two new shows to debut in November- Oculum directed by Molly Scullion and Not Yet Rated the Improvised Movie directed by Mike Marbach. There was nearly one hundred performers seen throughout auditions. With every audition we hold the pool gets stronger and decisions get more difficult. After several days of tossing and turning we are pleased announce the casts for these new shows!

OCULUM
Oculum 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).

Yvonne Anderson
Scott Campbell
Wilfredo Diaz
Kate Fruhman
Bobby Hayes
Cindy Heffron
Susan LaPalombara
Kayleigh Liggitt
Annie Paradis
Jon Plester

Directed by Molly Scullion

NOT YET RATED: THE IMPROVISED MOVIE
In a world filled with movies… this one has not been made. 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.

​Kelly Conrad
Andrew Coppola
​Dan Corkery
AJ DeLeon
​Frank Farrell
​Whitney Harris
​​Maggy Keegan Landis
Brendan Manklang Kingston
Dara Lyons
​​Stacie Lyons
Rob O’Neill

​Directed by Mike Marbach​

Not Yet Rated will debut on Thursday November 9th at 8:00 p.m. Oculum will debut on Friday November 10th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. following the debut of the untitled improvised Shakespare show currently accepting registrations for auditions. Beginning with Fringe Festival shows and new house team debuts in September, continuing with Halloween shows in October, these new shows debuting in November, and filling in with our regularly awesome weekly and monthly shows… Fall is going to be nothing short of *awesome* at PHIT. I hope to see you in a class and at shows often!

Mike Marbach
Acting Artistic Director

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PHIT HOLDING IMPROV AUDITIONS FOR UNTITLED SHAKESPEARE SHOW!

The Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy) is pleased to announce auditions for performers for a regularly occurring, 45- to 50-minute improvised show that will be done in the style of Shakespeare. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This production will be directed by Steve Kleinedler, who directed The Robert Cycle in 2005 for ImprovBoston and the recent PHIT conservatory class production The Fifth Folio. This show is part of the growing roster of special productions at PHIT featuring professional ensembles cast and managed by the theater. We hope to see you there!

REHEARSAL AND SHOW SCHEDULE
Rehearsals will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 beginning October 3 at PHIT. Beginning in December, rehearsals will be held twice a month. The show will debut on Friday, November 10 and will play on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at 7:00 through February 2018. There is a a potential for the show to extend beyond February 2018 though this is not guaranteed. You must be available (1) on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 on 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/19 and twice a month in 2018 and (2) on the 2nd and 4th Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00 beginning in November. On your audition form you will state that you are free those evenings or enumerate up front which evenings you would not be able to make.

AUDITION DATE AND TIME
Auditions will take place on Saturday September 23, 2017, between 11 am and 4:00 pm. There will not be callbacks.

AUDITION LOCATION
Auditions will be held at Philly Improv Theater @ The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Auditions will be held on the PHIT Main Stage on the first floor.

AUDITION PREREQUISITE
Auditioners must have completed PHIT’s improv curriculum, be currently enrolled in Improv 401 at the time of the audition, or have the approval of the Artistic Director. Auditioners must be available for the audition times to be considered. No other audition times are available. If you do not meet the prerequisite, please fill out the form and follow-up with an email to Mike Marbach at contact@phitcomedy.com to explain why you feel an exception should be made.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Women, people of color, people with disabilities, people over 40, and people who identify as LGBTQ are strongly encouraged to audition. Director and practice space are provided by PHIT for this show. There is a potential for payment. That payment is based on show box office sales and is not guaranteed.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION
Sign-ups begin immediately. To secure an audition time please fill out the below linked form.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION!

You will receive a confirmation message within three (3) business days with your audition time. We will accept sign-ups until no audition times remain. All specific audition times are first-come-first-served. There are no alternate times. If you are not available for these audition dates and times, please do not email or call to ask for an exception – you simply will not be able to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, you must sign-up for one of our announced time slots. A reminder email with a bit more info will be sent the day before auditions.

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Hot Dog: Live at PHIT for One Night Only!

In a special one night only event, on Saturday September 2nd at 8:30pm, PHIT welcomes back one of Philly’s favorite improv duos- Hot Dog! Hot Dog is comprised of Luke Field and Jessica Ross, both former PHIT house team members and instructors, that have since moved to New York and Los Angeles. Tonight they reunite for the first time at PHIT since 2014!

HOT DOG is an award winning improv duo featuring Luke Field and Jess Ross. They came up with the name while they were eating hot dogs. They explore a wide range of characters that go from absurd to neurotic to heart-breaking and everywhere in between. Expect to see big emotions and strong relationships – all thrown in a bun for one tasty show.

ABOUT JESSICA ROSS
Jessica Ross is a writer at CollegeHumor and has written for NBC’s Red Nose Day and Beth Appel’s The Mess. She is thrilled to a writer on the UCB Maude Team Bombardier and one of the new hosts of “Let’s Table This”. She is a former member the Mess Hall teams Cool Jerk and Shadowfax. She’s studied improv and sketch at UCB NY & LA, Second City, IO Chicago and IO West. Before moving to LA, she lived in Philadelphia where she performed regularly with the PHIT house team Asteroid! and improv duo Hot Dog with partner, Luke Field. She was also a member of PHIT’s first sketch house team, The Flat Earth, and Philly’s all female sketch group, ManiPedi.

ABOUT LUKE FIELD
Luke Field is a writer/actor based in New York City and currently works as a writer at CollegeHumor. He performs weekly at the UCB NY Theater on the Harold team Mermaids. Other UCB stage credits include UCB Touring Company, Strife: An Improvised Theatrical Experience, This Show Will Get a Cease and Desist, A Big Dumb Thing. Luke got his start at the Philly Improv Theater, performing with the PHIT house team Asteroid! and the improv duo Hot Dog with partner Jessica Ross. He was also a writer/performer for PHIT’s first sketch house team, The Flat Earth and was a writer for the Philadelphia Fringe show Alley of Nightmares in 2013. Follow him on Twitter: @LukeRobot

Get your tickets for Hot Dog now!

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Philly Fringe Festival at PHIT

One Week Until Fringe!

PHIT is the place to see the best comedy when Philly Fringe starts next week and we want two things for you over the next month:

We don’t want you to miss out!

PHIT is producing or presenting six shows in #phillyfringe17 (drum roll please):

  • A completely original musical comedy, Becoming Vegan
  • Another chance to see Molly Scullion’s critically acclaimed I’m Ok, Are You Ok
  • TOWN – A twisted comedic take on Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town
  • A transfer from Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Cambridge Footlights’ Dream Sequence
  • Moving dramatic improv in the style of Tennessee Williams with Elysian Fields
  • The Flat Earth’s Five Year Anniversary Show (chock full of laughs and surprises)

Want more details, full descriptions of all our shows are below (along with which critics have them as picks)!

 

Becoming Vegan


Two women, AJ, a vegan, and V, a meat eater, find each other and fall hard. There is just one problem, V has been lying about her carnivorous ways. Will AJ discover the truth? Will V give up bacon to be with the woman she loves? Will she…become vegan? This new musical comedy is full of original songs, some of which will have you laughing and some that will touch your heart, all while exploring dating, lying, and hamburgers. Written and Directed by Sarah Clemency.

The preview of Becoming Vegan brought the house down at FringeArts August Scratch Night and tickets for the run are selling fast – don’t wait to purchase!

 

I’m OK, Are You OK?

 (***Broad Street Review Fringe Pick***) 

Molly Scullion’s “I’m Ok, Are You Ok?” is a one-woman comedy show about healing after trauma. Exploring some of thedarkest times in her life, Molly Scullion brings forth a story about overcoming the past and finding strength and humor in pain. Molly Scullion has been to therapy, and she’ll tell you all about it. In “I’m Ok, Are You Ok?”, Molly explores living and healing after trauma. With both hilarious and emotional stories, this show takes you far into the depths of just how weird our brains can be; they keep secrets from us, they explode on us, and yet, they’re always trying to protect us. The show begins with Molly sharing a past trauma, and continues by following her brain’s journey to cope with PTSD. With tales of international travel, ice cream cakes, iPhone apps, and the dark holes of depression, this one-woman comedy show takes you on a rollercoaster of wins, losses, overcoming, falling short, progress and setbacks, all in one short hour. Note: This show has a trigger warning. Note on note: It is indeed a comedy show.

“Doggedly funny… an important story shared in a brave and unusual way” – Broad Street Review

 

Town

(***FringeArts Fringe Pick***)

Welcome to TOWN! TOWN is in America, maybe. TOWN is an inviting place where nothing bad happens. The locals of TOWN are hiding plenty of secrets – silly secrets, sinister secrets, and they will all be revealed by the end of the metaphysical horror-comedy modeled after Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town”.

Written/Directed by Jolie Darrow and Jack O’Keeffe, and staring a cavalcade of favorite performers from PHIT’s stage alongside great new talent you’ll see for the first time, this show promises to give you the authentic Fringe experience!

See the entire creation process for TOWN on their Facebook page – updated throughout rehearsals and the run!

 

Cambridge Footlights’ Dream Sequence

(***Transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival***)

Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show is the biggest show of the year. Join ‘the most renowned sketch troupe of them all’ (The Independent) as they embark on another exceptional world tour, performing to over twenty thousand people across two continents. Don’t miss your chance to see the latest on offer from the group that launched many of the greatest names in comedy, including Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Mel Giedroyc, John Cleese, Miriam Margolyes, Hugh Laurie, Mitchell and Webb, Richard Ayoade, Olivia Colman, John Oliver and Sue Perkins.

“The best comedy performance at this year’s festival” – BroadwayBaby, 5 stars

 

Elysian Fields: Improvised Tennessee Williams

(***Broad Street Review Fringe Pick***)

Elysian Fields improvises an hour long play in the style of Tennessee Williams, channeling a world of tortured, desperate characters while fearlessly exploring the themes of instability, marital strife, and repression featured in the works of the great American playwright. The cast creates a show ripe with unfulfilled dreams, desires, and the struggle to find escape from a harsh reality.

“Williams’s soulful, tortured characters provide rich inspiration for each night’s all-new work.” – Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review 

 

The Flat Earth: Five Year Anniversary Show

   
The Flat Earth are Philly Improv Theater’s most senior sketch comedy team, pillars of Philadelphia’s flourishing comedy scene, and fan favorites of comedy festival audiences and fellow performers all across North America. The Flat Earth was awarded the Best New Troupe of the 2016 Montréal Sketchfest and runner-up for the Producer’s Pick of the 2016 Toronto Sketchfest. For their five-year anniversary, The Flat Earth return to the festival where it all began-the Philly Fringe– to present a best-of extravaganza showcasing material from a half-decade of remarkable success. It will be sometimes dark, often silly, occasionally experimental, and always impeccably costumed.

Chicago Sketchfest Selection, Montreal Sketchfest Selection, NCCAF Selection, New York Sketchfest Selection, Philly Sketchfest Selection, San Francisco Sketchfest Selection, Toronto Sketchfest Selection

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Final Show: Hackett Park, Metropolis, and PG-13

All three of our Wednesday night teams are taking the stage one final time in a jam-packed three-headed show! These teams were cast in May 2016 and have been performing since August 2016. PHIT’s Wednesday Night is the perfect way to get over the mid-week hump!

ABOUT THE ACTS (listed alphabetically)

HACKETT PARK
Hackett Park is Samantha Auman, Andrew Coppola, Gina Gennari, Geoff Hartmann, Courtney Painter, Adam Steiger, Cecilia Watson, and Randie Welles. Hackett Park is directed by Hunter Steffes.

METROPOLIS
Metropolis is Christopher Esperance, Christopher Gory, Tom Hannigan, Derrick Houck, Meredith McDonald, Cara McGuffin, Angelina Meehan, Emma Needleman, and Jimmy Wyatt. Metropolis is directed by Erin Pitts.

Emma Needleman shared, “Will Hines has a section in his book about improvisation where he says, “To be a great improvisor, be a great person. It’s as simple (and as difficult) as that.” For me, Metropolis embodies that principle. When I think about the things I admire about these people as performers, they always come back to what I admire about them as people: how supportive and kind and strong and open-minded they are. When I think about the things I admire about these people as performers, they always come back to what I admire about them as people: how supportive and kind and strong and open-minded they are.”

Meredith McDonald shared, “I will miss Angelina going all out, Cara’s emotional reactions, Derrick’s insane characters, Emma’s smarts, Erin’s facial expressions, Espy’s bizarre details, Gory’s creative tags/walk ons, Jimmy’s buttons, and Tom’s suprises!”

PG-13
PG-13 is AJ de Leon, Nick Elmer, Matt Garren, Casey Hogan, Stacie Lyons, and Nicole Sardella. PG-13 is directed by David Donnella.

Stacie Lyons said, “We love the genuine team atmosphere we’ve created and sustained. We will miss each other most. A big, big thanks to everyone who’s come see us be silly and weird this past year, and a special thanks to Metropolis and Hackett Park for being our very supportive and fun sister teams. We love you all!”

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Dog Mountain’s Final Shows

PHIT Comedy sketch house team Dog Mountain will have its final run of shows this weekend and next.
For 5 years now, Dog Mountain has graced PHIT’s stages with its own biting brand of sketch comedy. Come see them in their final run as a house team, before they are . . . UNLEASHED.
Dog Mountain is Chip Chantry, Jim Grammond, Julia Hudson, Trevor Miles, Joe Moore, RJ Payne, Steve Swan, and Ashlee Rose Toll. They are directed by Carl Boccuti.
Carl shared, “This is our last run as a PHIT house team and we’re all really excited to (1) end on a high note here and (2) hit the ground running as we move forward as an independent group. We took some much-needed downtime this past spring after a good run of festivals (North Carolina, New Orleans, Chicago) and this show should get us back in that groove. Everyone seems committed to keeping this thing going so it feels like more of a beginning than an ending.”
Audiences can expect Dog Mountain’s usual blend of dark & silly, with slightly more sophisticated props & costumes than they typically use. UNLEASHED features 8 sketches and 4 videos, which means audiences can also expect the show to be tight, fast-paced, and a lot of fun.
Dog Mountain would like to thank PHIT and everyone who’s helped keep them together over these past 5 years.
Carl Boccuti added, “We’ve always been an odd fit here – a group of lone-wolf weirdos, with backgrounds in standup more than improv, and, dare I say, older than most on the sketch scene – but it’s been a great place to perform and we’re tremendously grateful.”
On August 24th and 25th, UNLEASHED will feature special guests The Sardines. August 31st and September 1st’s shows will feature special guests Baby Bison.
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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.

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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

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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.

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