Sweetish’s Farewell Show

After 3 1/2 years of puppets, puns, and live “movie magic,” Sweetish is coming to an end. 

Grouped randomly in 2014 for a live sketch comedy game show, Julia Hudson, Bobby Lang, Maura Pennington, Erik Sojka, and Brian Craig continued to meet every week, bonding over pop culture, hot goss, and fine Italian dining, and continued to perform on a regular basis.  After two members moved to the other side of the country, Sweetish carried on, having cross-continental writing/goss sessions over Skype. However, as life obligations and other projects started to pile up, Sweetish decided that, rather than fizzling out like so many sketch groups before them, they would bring it all back home with one last celebratory run of shows.  

“Fully Accredited” puts an exclamation point at the end of the sentence, a compendium of 3 1/2 years: partly greatest hits, partly a reflection on how they’ve changed and grown, both individually and as a makeshift family unit, and partly a series of lame dad-jokes!

Hosted by Brian Kelly.

Sweetish’s final shows will be Friday November 17th and Saturday November 18th at 9pm. Get your tickets now!

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Announcing the Casts of Our New Improv Teams Debuting in January 2018!

This past weekend PHIT held auditions for new Wednesday improv house teams. We saw about 115 talented folks, but in the end only 18 were chosen. These two teams, directed by Robyn Cartlidge and Marcely Jean-Pierre, will debut in January 2018. Please put your hands together wherever you are and welcome the new teams coming next winter!

Chris Berg
Derek Hayes
Alexis Howland
James Knight
Olivia Kram
Jessica Lamonaca
Meredith McDonald
Jack Sharples
Adam Steiger

Ralph Andracchio
Wilfredo Diaz
Nick Elmer
Alex Fromm
Kris Hodge
Tia Kemp
Clara Menton
Alyssa Truszkowski
Cecilia Watson

Once again, thank you to everyone that auditioned. Philly is full of such great talent and that’s never more evident than when we hold auditions. Spring 2018 will be the next auditions for Wednesday improv teams. Keep an eye out for auditions for shorter run shows between now and then.

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Asian Gracefully: A One-(CHINA)Man Show by Woody Fu

Woody Fu spent 21 years as an honorary Jew and over 10 years as a neurotic New Yorker. Only recently has he realized he is Asian and has emotions. Join him on this special night as he finally becomes a man. L’Chaim!

Asian Gracefully is a scripted one-man show about growing up not white. It tackles such hilarious topics as Asian-American diaspora, internecine racism, and how the straight Asian male is the most marginalized group on PornHub. Using the personal to explore the universal, Asian Gracefully pokes fun at hoarders, Chinglish, and Koreans who for some reason put eggs on all their food.

The show has been performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, People’s Improv Theater, Magnet Theater, and the Annoyance in New York City; the Torch Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona; at the Out of Bounds Festival in Austin, Texas.

Woody will be teaching a musical improv scenework workshop on Saturday, November 11th at 12pm. Check it out here!

Woody Fu is a comedic writer and actor. He has performed all around New York and at the world-famous Boom Chicago theater in Amsterdam. He is personally responsible for perpetuating the hoax of global warming.

Friday, November 10th @ 9pm

Saturday, November 11th @ 9pm

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Oculum Premieres This Friday!

A brand-new improv comedy show, Oculum, will premiere at PHIT this Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Oculum explores relationships, physicality and time through improv comedy. The cast uses improv and movement to embody the thoughts, feelings and ideas constantly running through our head. You can expect a combination of 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).

The cast of Oculum is: Yvonne Anderson, Scott Campbell, Wilfredo Diaz, Kate Fruhman, Bobby Hayes, Cindy Heffron, Susan LaPalombara, Kayleigh Liggitt, Annie Paradis, and Jon Plester.

Oculum is directed by Molly Scullion.

Molly shared, “I’m so excited about this show because this cast has made my job so darn easy. It’s different than anything they’ve done before, but they dove right in and have already done some of my favorite improv I’ve ever seen. This show is a lot about emotions and relationships, and having a cast of the kindest people to put on the show makes for some kind of wonderful improvised magic.”

Get tickets to Oculum’s premiere now!

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With Mirth And Laughter PREMIERE!

Catch the premiere of PHIT Comedy’s brand new show, With Mirth And Laughter: Improv In The Style Of Shakespeare, this Friday at 7:00 p.m.!

Let ye not miss this, a debut show
Come to the stage to see a brand new tale
On second stage, yay, not the one below
On tides of laughter our tale shall set sail
What willst thou see? What kind of fun be had?
None can know save for the eternal muse
That speaks in players ears, for good or bad
Will made up heroes win, or will they lose?
Bring with ye hence suggestions from thy mind
And help a tale ‘fore thine eyes be woven
With inspiration of so rich a kind
You’ll see how rich thou art for having chosen
To spend the eve here: With Mirth and Laughter!
Purchase thy tickets soon, aye, do it faster!

With Mirth & Laughter is an improvised show presented in the style of Shakespeare, directed by Steve Kleinedler. In 2005, Steve directed a similar show, The Robert Cycle, at Improv Boston and has since taught workshops on performing this style in several cities from Chicago to San Juan.

The cast is Sam Abrams, Rob Alesiani, Adam Cooper, Katie Cwirko, Ashley Fee, Noah Levine, Jack Presby, Rachel Semigran, Jessica Snow, Joe Tuzzi, Leticia Viloria, and Melissa Widhson.

Get your tickets for the premiere now!

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The BOO-TURE Halloween Special

Join PHIT House Team, The Future, for an evening of improvised ghost stories! Pulling from their experience as experts of the paranormal, this veteran comedy squad will solicit spooky titles from the audience and bring them to life (or death?). You provide the name of the story and we’ll provide the rest! This special show happens on Halloween and Halloween only, so if it you miss this show, it’ll haunt you forever!

Get your tickets for this show now!

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Jon and Ian present “The Next Step”

The afterlife, can you taste it? Don’t be scared, Jon and Ian are here to show you the next step. Over the course of your journey together, these sweet boys will show you the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the side ways and zig zags of what your own personal heaven will taste like. Can you smell it?

Jon and Ian are a sketch comedy duo based in Philadelphia. They have performed at Toronto Sketch Fest, Montreal Sketch Fest, Five Dollar Comedy Week and Black Friday Comedy Marathon. Their wildly different personalities but identical sensibilities make them a perfect, complementary pair. They attack absurd premises with breakneck speed, often speaking at the same time or finishing each other’s sentences, only breaking tempo for quick asides.

You have two chances to catch this show!

Friday, November 3rd at 9pm

Saturday, November 4th at 9pm

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Nick Gillette’s Demon Magick Seminar Returns to PHIT!

Demon Magick Seminar returns from a successful premiere in the 2017 Solowfest, just in time for Halloween. Storyteller and acrobat Nick Gillette weaves a braid of gripping tales from the edge of reason. Drawing on personal experience with ghost hunting, UFO cults, and conspiracy theorists, Gillette identifies the enduring beliefs that reason can’t seem to dispel. Reaching deep into the history of Magic, he uncovers clues as to why our culture craves stories of the uncanny, and why there will always be someone eager to tell them.The show combines theater and dance to expound upon a cluster of themes, including the power of storytelling over reality, the desire for experience beyond the material world, and the tragic state of fraudulence and delusion in those who claim authority over truth.This one man show culminates in an experiment with no control: what happens when you follow the exact instructions to summon a demon as written in the 17th century grimoire Clavicula Solomonis Regis?


You have three chances to catch Demon Magick Seminar:

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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 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 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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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
​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.

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

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. ​

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!

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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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 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

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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