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.

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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.
Get your tickets for UNLEASHED now!
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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.

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.

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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.

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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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