Inside The Black Actors Studio with Hollywood Shuffle

Do you know who Black Caesar is? Did you know that Meteor Man almost won a Saturn Award for Best Sci-Fi film, but lost to Jurassic Park? Did you know that Vin Diesel is black???

Regardless of your answer, “Inside the Black Actors Studio with Hollywood Shuffle” is here to help! “Inside the Black Actors Studio” is a diverse variety show focused specifically on black cinema.

Join hosts Hollywood Shuffle (Quinton J. Alexander, Yvonne Anderson, James B. Knight, & Marcely Jean-Pierre) as they guide YOU through the wonderful world of black Hollywood, one film at a time. Every month, ‘Hollywood Shuffle’ gathers for a live episode of “Inside The Black Actors Studio” featuring a rollercoaster ride of weird characters, inappropriate discussions, and militant speeches, as we create a space where people can come learn about the depth of black actors presented by black comedians.

Hollywood Shuffle will have their next show on Thursday, January 11th at 10:00 p.m. Get your tickets now!

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House of Solitude presents McNickel: The First Final Chapter

For two weekends only, catch House of Solitude’s latest sketch comedy show at PHIT! The show will run January 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th at 9:00 p.m. on our Second Stage.

House of Solitude presents the story of a man who was born to be a cop and will die fighting the rulebook. Alone in the world after the death of every person he loves, Rick McNickel throws himself into his work, using his keen eye and razor sharp intuition to hunt down a serial killer targeting the city’s comic strip artists. But will the rugged independence and jaded outlook that helped him excel as a force against crime also be his ultimate downfall? Shit if I know. It’s the gritty drama we’ve all been looking for in our sketch comedy. It is “McNickel: The First Final Chapter.”

This show is different from a typical sketch show in that it’s just one big hour-long sketch! It has beats within it, but it’s the same characters and overarching premise throughout. It also features the most props ever seen in a HoS show before, seven different wigs for one specific part of the show, anachronistic pants and dialogue, gun sound effects, and a “genius hardscrabble cop” who HoS is excited to release into the world.

We asked House of Solitude where they drew their inspiration for this show, and they told us: “McNickel is a character that has lived in Dan’s heart for so long. Caitlin also read a weird paperback last summer about a Private Investigator who just keep kissing people and drinking hard liquor and he ended up killing four people while on the case, but it was just undisputed in the world of this book that he was the best. A lot of that made it’s way into McNickel.”

Get your tickets now!

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SHOWS FOR THURSDAY, 1/4 ARE CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

Please stay warm and stay safe tonight! If you’re looking for something to laugh, may we recommend checking out some Calvin & Hobbes snowman cartoons?

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Hannah Trav presents “The Way I Remember It”

“You have to start being a good friend to yourself, Hannah” -Hannah’s mom, 2017.

Hannah Trav had a tough year so she wrote a comedy show about it. Set to the music of Bruno Mars, The Way I Remember It is a collection of standup comedy, sketches and videos detailing the events of April 2017 – November 2017 the way that Hannah Trav remembers them. Hannah brings the audience on her honest, intimate and funny journey as she tries to achieve her goals, interact with men who are not Bruno Mars and become friends with herself again.

TWO NIGHTS – 1/5/2018 and 1/6/2018, both at 9:00pm!

Cast:
Hannah Trav as Hannah Trav
Jolie Darrow
Bill Reick
Sean Devaney Sullivan
Maddie McLennon

1/5: Kyle Harris as Bruno Mars.
1/6: Annie Paradis as Bruno Mars

Opening Act 1/5: Erin Dohony
Opening Act 1/6: Michael Kelly

Get tickets to Friday January 5th’s show here or for Saturday January 6th’s show here!

Read more about The Way I Remember It from our Q&A with Hannah Trav!

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SHOWS FOR FRIDAY, 12/15 ARE CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

Please stay warm and stay safe tonight! Hopefully you can find something funny to watch on your phone.

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Sean Conroy presents “The World’s Smallest Giant”

Come check out Sean Conroy’s stand-up show, “The World’s Smallest Giant” at PHIT Comedy on Saturday, December 9th at 10:30pm!

Acerbic, quick-witted comedian Sean Conroy is self-lacerating and constantly annoyed, but always manages to sneak in a healthy dose of silliness and joyful charm. Splitsider describes him as “intimidatingly smart, intimidatingly funny, and just plain intimidating.” Sean has performed stand-up on Conan and Comedy Central. He was a founding member of the first ever house team at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, legendary improv group The Swarm, and has been a regular in UCB’s flagship show ASSSSCAT. He’s been a television writer for over a decade (Key & Peele, Crossballs, Dog Bites Man, Gentlemen Lobsters, Players, Love Inc.), most recently finishing up his third season as head writer of Adult Swim’s cult favorite Mr. Pickles. Check out his website at seanconroy.com, follow his 2017 tour at worldssmallestgiant.com, and follow him on IG and Twitter at @seanconroy.

Get tickets to The World’s Smallest Giant now!

If you’ve taken Improv 201, you’re eligible to learn from Sean! Click here to read more about his upcoming workshop, Finding the Game Of the Scene.

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Fezziwig presents “Sketch The Halls”

PHIT Comedy’s band of merry weirdos, sketch house team Fezziwig, returns with a new holiday sketch show, Sketch the Halls! It’s the holiday season as you’ve never imagined it before, skewed through Fezziwig’s trademark dark wackiness. What if Santa was ALWAYS watching? What if the manger was an AirBnB? Find out this and more in December at PHIT Comedy and celebrate the holidays with Fezziwig!

Head writer Andrea Duffy shared, “Sketch the Halls is our most ambitious show yet: we have musical numbers and a LIVE ANIMAL NATIVITY (really!). We’re a team with a weird/wacky/dark (but never mean) sense of humor, which is probably the best way to take on the topic of the holidays in a year where things seem upside down. So we’ve created a holiday spectacular for our mad mad world: “Everything is terrible but it’s the holidays so it’s fine.”

WRITTEN BY AND STARRING:
Alexis Howland
Alyssa Truszkowski
Ian Fletcher
Kristofer Hodge
Patric Ciervo
Nate Biagiotti
Derrick Houck
Wendy Lenhart (Mean Wendy Band)
Brooke McCarthy (Broadway Theater of Pitman’s Shrek)
Chuong Pham
Head Writer: Andrea Duffy (101.1 More FM)

With direction by Jenna Kuerzi (Barrymore Recommended Fringe Hit “Fishtown”)

You have SIX chances to catch this show:

Friday, December 1st @ 9:00pm

Saturday, December 2nd @ 9:00pm

Friday, December 8th @ 9:00pm

Saturday, December 9th @ 9:00pm

Friday, December 15th @ 9:00pm

Saturday, December 16th @ 9:00pm

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Philly Song Jawn with Sean

Philly’s only parody song showcase and competition. Host Sean Devaney Sullivan has recruited Philly’s best singers to be judged live by world renowned recording artists. The tunes are familiar, but the lyrics are definitely not. Cast your vote live and see who advances or gets their vocal chords replaced with beef jerky.

The pageantry, the revelry, the jawnery!  That’s what sets this show apart from the rest.  This is the one and only parody song showcase in philly framed around a discontinued national singing competition.  From Justin to Kelly, from raccoons to bears, Philly Song Jawn with Sean will have it all.

Get tickets to Philly Song Jawn now!

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Hoffman and Metropolis Return!

Former PHIT House Teams Hoffman and Metropolis are BACK every other Tuesday at 10:00pm! Come out for their glorious return this Tuesday, November 28th!

Hoffman
Whitney Harris
Cole Johnston
Sean Keegan-Landis
Kayleigh Leggitt
Kevin Ruth
Max Scholnick
Andrew Sigwart
Peter Szekeres
Jacob Todd

Directed by: Max Sittenfield

Metropolis
Chris Esperance
Chris Gory
Tom Hannigan
Derrick Houck
Angelina Meehan
Meredith McDonald
Cara McGuffin
Emma Needleman
Jimmy Wyatt

Directed by: Erin Pitts

 

Get your tickets now!

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Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2017

The Black Friday Comedy Marathon returns to the Philly Improv Theater on November 24th for its fourth year! Over a hundred and forty acts will be performing in forty hours that span three days. For only $12, you can see the best comedy Philly has to offer at a price that’s unmatched.

For more information about the marathon, click here!

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The Neighborhood featuring Bad Kitten’s Final Show

The Neighborhood is a fully immersive improv experience where everyone is invited to join in a discussion about what’s going on in our town. Each show has a guest improv group and is closed out with Neighborhood Watch. There will probably be doughnuts too, so stop on by.

Tonight’s show will feature the finale of improv team Bad Kitten.

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Bad Kitten is Sam Abrams, Neil Bardhan, Ryan Birchmeier, Steve Holland, Megan Holland, Dan Reed, and Lauren Rivera. Forming in a PHIT Improv 101 in January 2014, Bad Kitten has seen each other through weddings, babies, and a lot of onstage frolicking. PHIT selected Bad Kitten as the first Launch Pad team in October 2014. The team has played the Del Close Marathon, the District Improv Festival, and at venues all over Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s comedy community voted to award the 2015 Witout Special Achievement in the Field of Tweeting award to them. They’re known for extremely physical, energetic improv with bold characters and catastrophic stories, and they’ll knock your socks off one more time on Monday, 11/20 at PHIT Comedy.

Get tickets to tonight’s show now!

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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!

CODENAME UNDERFOOT DIRECTED BY ROBYN CARTLIDGE
Chris Berg
Derek Hayes
Alexis Howland
James Knight
Olivia Kram
Jessica Lamonaca
Meredith McDonald
Jack Sharples
Adam Steiger

CODENAME EASTWATCH DIRECTED BY MARCELY JEAN-PIERRE
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.

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

ABOUT WOODY FU
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.

SHOW DATES
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 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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