The Decoy Gets Away

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

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

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

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Special One Night Only Shows To Catch!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT: PHIT CASTING FOR TWO 2017 PHILLY FRINGE FESTIVAL SHOWS!

For the first time since 2013 PHIT is taking part in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival! We will be producing six great shows as part of the festival that we are super excited about. We’ll be sharing more info on each show very soon. For now- auditions!

We are looking to fill some roles for two of our Fringe Festival productions “Becoming Vegan” and “Town”. Below you will find all the necessary audition information. Auditions for Becoming Vegan have ended, but Town is coming up! Hope to see you there!

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AUDITION NOTICE – TOWN

ABOUT THE SHOW
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.

CHARACTERS
~Dr. Dobb- Male, head of the Dobb family. Town doctor. Gentle and earnest.
~Mrs. Dobb- Female, mother to Rachel and Fred. No nonsense lady with a tendency to gossip.
~Fred Dobb- Male, quite unitelligent, easily frustrated. Loves baseball.
~Rachel Dobb- Female, stubborn. Simple in her ambitions. A bit of a know-it-all little sister
~Mr. Jebb- Male, Newspaper man, very wise. A bit of a pushover. Loves his family
~Mrs. Jebb- Female, A busy body. Loves her family. Loves town business. Loves gardening but can’t grow a thing.
~Sally Jebb- Female, loves school. Incredibly into history. Discovering her sexuality in interesting ways.
~Professor- Gender nonspecific, very droll. Knows a lot about most things. Humorless and “boring.” Quite a braniac. Loves rocks.
~Jenny/Jimmy Crane- Gender nonspecific, town newspaper kid. Loves Town.
~Harold/Harriet Milk- Gender nonspecific, Town drink salesman who goes door to door delivering milk. Loved by all in town.
~Mrs./Mr SAMSON-Gender nonspecific, town hottie. Also a gossip. Overly excited by most things she experiences. It’s all THE BEST.

​AUDITION DATE / TIME
​Saturday, July 15th, 2017
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AUDITION LOCATION
Philly Improv Theater
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

AUDITION PREPARATION
Please prepare a one-minute monologue (comedic OR dramatic). Sides will also be given during auditions. Seeking a diverse cast of all ages. Parts are not race or age specific. Please bring a headshot and resume with you to auditions.

REHEARSAL / SHOW SCHEDULE
Must be available for all show dates and times: 9/13, 9/14, 9/15, 9/16 @ 7:30 p.m., 9/17 3:00 p.m. For rehearsals we are looking for open availability between late July through mid-September.  Please fill out the availability form understanding we are looking for people who are available all or most of the listed dates in addition to others in the months of July and August.

REGISTER FOR AUDITION
Click here to fill out the availability form. Drop-in audition appointments will be available, but please fill out the form to reserve a specific time slot.

Email TownFringe@gmail.com with any questions.

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July’s (Untitled) Features McIntosh Bazile

The Dynamite Series @ PHIT is excited to present (Untitled), a show that strives to merge the worlds of improv comedy and visual arts into a unique collaborative experience. Local visual artists across many disciplines will share their work with the cast to inspire an improvised theatrical show, and then the artist will be invited to create work during the show in response to the action happening on stage. A highly trained ensemble capable of falling into different forms or styles to compliment their exploration of the purpose and permanence of art and comedy.

This month’s guest artist is McIntosh Bazile, a scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a spoken word poet.

The cast of (Untitled) is Samantha Abrams, Ralph Andracchio, Ryan T. Barlow, Karen Coleman, Kate Fruhman, Whitney Harris, Sue Jahani, Andrew Nealis, Zachary Uzupis, Joe Wendrychowicz. The show is directed by Rachel Semigran.

(Untitled) is Saturday July 8th at 7:30pm. Get tickets here!

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This Month’s Study Hall Features Guest Lecturer Lali Gill

Drexel University’s Professor Michael Yudell and his academic friends team up with some of Philly’s best improvisers to create a full hour of hiliarious improv comedy inspired by real stories from history and science. Professor Yudell and his friends will exploit every ounce of their tenure to lecture on a wide variety of topics and the “students” will warp each lecture into outrageous scenes on the spot! Don’t be late to Study Hall!

Study Hall on July 1st features lectures from Professor Michael Yudell and Lali Gill!

Lali Gill is a member of PHIT Comedy Improv House Team Channel 77, indie team Daddy Bulldog, and was a cast member in the short-run show Stay Dead!! An Improvised Horror Comedy (directed by Mike Marbach) in the fall of 2015, and she has performed in PHIT’s monthly Diversity Night as a member of team American Express. She has traveled to perform in New York City (The PIT), Richmond, VA (Coalition Theater) and Baltimore, MD (Charm City Comedy Project).

Lali studied at PHIT Comedy under Caitlin Weigel, Jessica Snow, and Kristen Schier, and has had the pleasure of working with directors Corin Wells and Steve Kleinedler via Channel 77 and Daddy Bulldog. When she is not (likely making weird noises) on stage, Lali genetically engineers things and talks about science whether those around her like it or not.

Lali will be with sharing with Study Hall some of her favorite stories from the history of biology and anatomy research, as well as some of her own experiences in genetics research. These are topics she has written about and studied closely for exams, but she has never discussed them before in a lecture format. Although she is an improviser, she is not actively preparing this lecture through that lens. She said, “I want to present as neutrally as I can and allow the cast to be creative with it in their way, but to be honest I’ll probably end up being goofy about it in the moment. Some real silly things have happened in the history of science and I find them funny.”

Lali shared that she is excited to lecture on Study Hall because she loves when she is able to merge her love of science with her love of comedy. She said, “Sometimes it feels like science/the history of science are treated as very serious things, and I’m glad to be a part of something that makes them more relatable. Also I think processing science through comedy or art in any format makes it easier to understand, and I’m all about the esoteric/technical world of scientific research becoming less esoteric/technical!”

Study Hall is made up of David Donnella, Frank Farrell, Stacie Lyons, Melinda Messina, Robert O’Neill, Molly Scullion, Jacob Todd, Aaron Unice, and Caitlin Weigel and is directed by Mike Marbach.

Study Hall is Saturday at 7:30pm! Get your tickets here!

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One Night Only! Sir Reginald and The Quest For The Slice Of Life

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome Sir Reginald and the Quest for The Slice of Life from NYC for a special one night event!

Sir Reginald and Baron Percival are on the Quest for the Slice of Life – an ancient slice of roast beef which holds the power of immortality. Who will win, as they battle mysterious fawns and gargantuan dragons? Numerous characters are seen in an adventure that spans across an entire imagined world. A hilarious one-man epic fantasy tale with a dizzying amount of characters by British Comedian & Actor, Dan Titmuss.

Sir Reginald and The Quest For The Slice Of Life is a one-man show that was premiered in late 2016 as part of SOLOCOM at The Pit in NYC and has since moved to Reckless Theatre, also in NYC.

Dan Titmuss wrote and directed this show. Dan Titmuss is a New York based British improviser/actor. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Dan performed with UK based improv troupes: Degrees Of Error, Glitch, and The Science of Living Things. He is a three-year veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has studied with Reckless, The PIT, UCB, & The Maydays.

Get your tickets here!

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Dyad presents “A Fantastic Trip!”

Join Dyad (Frank Farrell and Maggy Keegan-Landis) for fast-paced, comedic improv that takes you on a journey into the fantastic. Frank and Maggy create a world full of rich characters where something unusual is about to take place (or already has) that will set these characters on a journey of self-discovery. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and also there might be sea creatures.

Maggy Keegan-Landis is an improv teacher, director, and performer in Philadelphia. She studied improv and sketch in Los Angeles with iO West, The Groundlings, and Second City in Hollywood where she performed with numerous improv groups and in festivals across the country. In Philadelphia, Maggy served as the Artistic Director of Figment Theater. She has directed several improv and sketch groups including Davenger, Triple Double, Playback, ManiPedi, and House of Solitude and she currently serves as the director for the improv team DoublePlay.

Frank Farrell began improvising in 2009, when he joined La Salle University’s troupe Improv 101. He studied at PHIT under Steve Kleinedler, Mike Marbach, and Greg Maughan, and at the UCB Theater in New York. Frank studied extensively with Maggy Keegan-Landis, and taught with her at Figment Theater in Philadelphia, where she helped him discover the power of emotional honesty, the endless joy of playing games, and a core belief that this is the most fun thing we can be doing, and we should always strive to treat it as such. He currently performs with Big Baby, Triple Double, and Study Hall, hosts the weekly improv show Frankenstein, and writes and performs in the sketch comedy duo The Prince.

Dyad art was created by Daniel Corkery.

Dyad is every Monday at 9:00pm. Get tickets to tonight’s Dyad show here!

Maggy will also be leading an improv workshop at PHIT on Sunday July 16th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Find out more about Maggy’s workshop, Language of a Scene, here!

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“Sisters Three” Is Back!

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome Sisters Three back to Philly!

Written entirely through improvisation at the Magnet Theater in New York City, Sisters Three is a fast paced, multi-character comedy about a family’s reluctant reunion. Without sets or costumes to hold them back two actors seamlessly intertwine over thirty distinct characters into a heartfelt rollercoaster ride of dysfunction, redemption and baby pumas.

This New York Times Critic’s Pick show stars Elana Fishbein & Elena Skopetos, who wrote it alongside director Peter McNerney.

If you missed it when it was at PHIT in January, now’s your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind show!

Sisters Three is Friday June 23rd at 7pm! Get your tickets here!

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Goat Rodeo’s Newest Show

PHIT Comedy sketch house team Goat Rodeo debuts their new show, “Pet Me,” this week! We talked to Goat Rodeo to learn more about what to expect!

Where did you get the idea for the title?
The show title is “Pet Me,” which is nothing like any iconic industry-breaking records from a 60’s Surf band from Hawthorne, California so PLEASE STOP ASKING BECAUSE US GOATS ARE MORE ORIGINAL THAN THAT!! It’s just a cool groovy phrase we liked that has to do with animals, and more specifically, goats!!

What was the writing process like for this show?
For this show ESPECIALLY, all of the writers separately locked themselves in a dungeon with a Little Nero’s lovely cheese pizza three weeks prior to show meetings. Weirdly enough, the writing process was still similar to other Goat Rodeo show processes- which is us all laughing and eating a family-sized bag of our favorite snack food each, which will be the opening of our sitcom should anyone ever want to fund our snack habits!! (SERIOUSLY- we’ll tailor one of the 48 scripts we have pre-packaged to literally any snack company, so please inquire within and you don’t even have to pay in cash or bitcoin, just snack-packz!)

What most excites Goat Rodeo about “Pet Me”?
We’ve done 11 shows together, so at this point we answer as one entity after McGrail tricked us into that seance at the abandoned mini-golf course. So we, bonded by the power of the clown head with shark eyes on the 7th hole, are most excited about how dark and weird this one will get! Sure, we feel like we say that every time but now we’re ETERNALLY OBLIGATED TO by the clown head with shark eyes that forces us against our souls to.

What can audiences expect? What would you like them to know going into the show, if anything?
In true Goat Rodeo fashion, we’ll pull you into a world where you’ll ask yourself “Hey, how did I get here?” But it won’t be SAME AS IT EVER WAS because each show is different! Our goal is to create as many weird worlds onstage that have weird micro-worlds within them, and this is our 11th show so we feel like you’ve seen some stuff, and now you’ll see some more! We think it’s great stuff and we think that you’ll agree, but hey- we don’t want to sound cocky OR put words in your mouth like that clown head with dead shark eyes.

How is this show different than other Goat Rodeo shows?
I mean, we’re all one entity now, so that’s something! Alright- we’ll give ONE THING away…there are multiple references to modes of transportation in this show! If you’ve come to expect anything from a Goat Rodeo show, it’ll definitely be in this one. All new sketches of course, but lots of the standard Goat Rodeo Goodness, which is a phrase we’ll copyright right after we perform this show!

 

You have four chances to see “Pet Me”
Thursday June 22nd at 8:30pm!
Friday June 23rd at 8:30pm!
Thursday June 29th at 8:30pm!
Friday June 30th at 8:30pm!

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Nick Gillette presents “Demon Magick Seminar”

Join life coach and part-time demonologist Nick Gillette for a 50-minute course on getting yourself out of debt, achieving you dream goals, and compacting with demons summoned according to the exact instructions of the 17th Century grimoire Clavicula Salomonis Regis and/or the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition handbook. This theatrical storytelling performance art summoning ritual, called Demon Magick Seminar, will run on PHIT Comedy’s Mainstage on June 22nd-23rd.

Nick Gillette is a physical theatre artist, a co-­founder of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, and an instructor at the Philly Improv Theater. He is a graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a 2014 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks resident artist, a 2016 Colgate University Christian A. Johnson resident artist, and currently a resident artist at the Philadelphia School for Circus Arts. With Almanac, he has collaborated to devise and perform Communitas (2014), Nightfall (2014), The Fleecing (2015), Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes (2015), and Exile2588, to premiere in the 2016 Fringe Arts Festival. He has performed with Cabaret Red Light, BRAT Productions, Groundswell Players (now Lighting Rod Special), Pig Iron Theatre Co., Alex Bechtel, and the Philly Improv Theater.

Nick says that he has always felt curious about the occult, even if he approaches his investigations skeptically. As a storyteller, he won’t shy away from delving into what he has discovered. He says, “Demon Magick Seminar is about storytelling being stronger than reality. It’s about ghost hunters and UFO cults and ‘prosperity gospel’ preachers. It’s about the rules of Dungeons and Dragons and collaborative fantasy. It’s about me as an ardent atheist coming up against a real desire for magic, any magic, to be real, with all the consequences of living in this humbling reality.”

One big difference between this show and other performances of Nick Gillette’s? He’ll be playing himself! He says, “Most shows I can hide behind the mask of character. But with DMS, the mask is off, the truth as I see it comes out, and that feels like an exciting risk.”

Upon arriving to PHIT for Demon Magick Seminar, audiences can expect to power down their cell phones, label them with a sticky note with their name, and place them in a Faraday cage to contain any electromagnetic radiation. According to Nick, “This is absolutely necessary for the proper conditions of the operation.”

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

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PHIT HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR NEW IMPROV HOUSE TEAMS!

In July and August all current improv teams performing on Wednesday and Saturday night will end their amazing runs at PHIT. This is being done in an effort to change up the current structure for how teams operate. Keep a look out for information on their final shows and be sure to come and support their final stretch! We have the chance now to create even more opportunities for graduates of the training center, veteran performers, and anyone and everyone in between.

The auditions will take place on Saturday July 15th and Sunday July 16th. We haven’t held auditions since May of 2016 and we know that there is a lot of talent out there. The changes that we are making to Wednesday and Saturday nights will increase the frequency that PHIT has auditions. There will also be exciting opportunities for limited run and short run shows to come soon.

Announcing our directors for the new Wednesday improv teams:

SHEILA MASTER
Sheila is a talented and dedicated improviser who performs across the city in a diverse swatch of shows. As an instructor, she leads new improvisers through the foundations of the art form, a skill she also brings to her numerous engagements coaching indie teams in Philadelphia. I am beyond thrilled to have Sheila on board to direct one of our new Wednesday teams.

 

TOM HANNIGAN
A steadfast presence at PHIT, Tom brings a wealth of experience and skill as a new director. A member of long-running house team, Outside Voices, and current house team, Metropolis, Tom has demonstrated his dedication to creating opportunities for new improvisers through his collaborative show, Super Human Horse. I look forward to watching Tom share his talent and warmth with others.

 

Below is some basic information about the upcoming auditions as well as the link to submit. If you like to know everything we can possibly think to tell you including what debut dates, expectations and more, before requesting an audition, then you can also click the link to the July 2017 PHIT House Team Audition FAQ.

I hope that we will 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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AUDTION DATES
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 17th, 2017 7:00 p..m. – 10:30 p.m. (callbacks)
*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.

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.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED TO THE JULY 2017 PHIT HOUSE TEAM AUDITION REQUEST FORM!

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Last Show! Family Business featuring American Express

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome Philly favorite, American Express, for one more performance of their current run of shows on our Mainstage! Every other Friday at 10 p.m., American Express has been performing their show Family Business.

American Express is a Philadelphia-based comedy troupe comprised of multi-talented racial minorities. Family Business features improv, sketch, stand-up, and more!

Catch the debut of Game Night, a one-person mockumentary written and performed by Soumya Dhulekar, followed by an improv set and a fast-paced improv jam in which audience members can participate.

Family Business is Friday at 10pm! Get your tickets here!

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The Sufferettes – Special Guests From Toronto Coming To PHIT!

Back in Philly for the first time since 2014, The Sufferettes will be appearing on PHIT’s stage this Saturday June 17!

The Sufferettes are Kayla Lorette and Becky Johnson, an award-inning improv duo from Toronto. They specialize in experiments in improvisation and, to that end, have done shows involving make-overs, live bands, found video and ghosts. The Sufferettes have also worked in video, sketch and visual art. They have toured internationally to such far-flung locales as London, Oslo, Vienna, Berlin, Ljubljana, Vancouver and Edmonton. They were nominated for their first Canadian Comedy Award in 2014 as Best Improv Troupe.

The Sufferettes are performing Saturday at 7:30pm!

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The Live Read with Gab Bottoni Coming to PHIT on July 26th!

Calling all TV writer wannabes! Tired of asking your friends to read your scripts? Want to know if your humor *really* jumps off the page? Well, don’t just let that sitcom pilot you’ve been working on die on your harddrive. Submit that sh*t to The Live Read!

Whether you just vomited out your 1st draft or are polishing up your 4th, Gab Bottoni and her cast of comedy buds will read your teleplay in front of a LIVE audience, getting you the real reactions you need to write the best script possible.

Send in your pilot script to contact@phitcomedy.com by JULY 9TH with the subject line “SCRIPTS FOR GAB” for the chance to have it read in front of a live audience by Gab & friends on Wednesday JULY 26TH at 10PM.

We interviewed Gab to learn more about the inspiration behind The Live Read. See what she has to say below!

What gave you the idea for The Live Read?
I got the idea for The Live Read after getting one of my Broad City spec scripts equal parts praised and completely ripped apart on Reddit. I was just looking for some honest feedback from fresh eyes, and boy did the Internet deliver…but in a really chaotic way. I didn’t know who was right about what jokes. Some people loved a joke that others hated.

The reason I posted it on Reddit was because I felt bad always asking my friends and mentors to read my scripts, especially since I’m constantly writing and rewriting them. People have lives and reading scripts and giving notes takes time and effort. I hate asking people I like to give me their time and effort. Those are like the two things that no one has enough of to spare.

So I wondered… isn’t there a way to get honest, immediate feedback on scripts without asking too much of people? Then my brain was like, “table reads are a thing that literally exist for this exact reason, dum-dum.” I wanted to hear people react to a teleplay-formatted story as it hit them, without asking them to read anything. And the idea to make it a show came from me just wanting to include the rest of the community (and the world?) in this process.

What makes you excited about The Live Read?
I’m excited about The Live Read because I’m hoping it draws out the writers from their caves. I hope it inspires people to write more long form content…there are so many talented sketch writers in this city that need to adapt their skills for television. Because that’s where a lot of them belong, in my opinion. I’m excited about starting a space for those people to join me on the grind to get staffed by putting new material up in this fun workshop space. I’m also SUPER excited for the cast I’m going to have read these scripts. I want the people onstage to be having fun so the writers’ dialogue really jumps off the page for our audience. Lastly, I’m really excited for this audience. They’re the most important part of this show and it’s really about them, their laughs, groans and silence. I’m excited for them to abuse that power.

If people google you what will they find? Please limit to tv/film related cred.
If people Google me, they’ll find my website (gabriellabottoni.com). Then they’ll learn that I was a multi award-winning Writing for Film & TV graduate from the University of the Arts awarded the highest academic honor for my original series Gab & Kev Make it Weird; they’ll see that I’m a (pending) finalist in the 2017 Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab, and a semi-finalist in the The Second City’s 2017 Sitcom Contest. They’ll learn that I’m a writer and associate producer at a local production company called Lunchbox Communications, and am currently in post-production on a feature documentary. Finally, they’ll discover that I’m in pre-production on an original series for the web with my writing partner, Olivia Kram (stay tuned!).

Are you looking for original ideas or spec scripts?
I’d really like to put a focus on original work. While I’ll accept and read spec scripts, it’s less likely that I’ll put up a spec if original work is being submitted. While specs are great practice and great to have for network writing fellowship submissions, I really think honing our original voices should be our primary focus as writers. My goal is to help an aspiring writer workshop their original pilot teleplay in a super fun, motivating way…and then see them produce it because they got their script to a place they’re proud of. (And then I want to see them sell it, get picked up by Netflix, and staff me in their writer’s room, TBH).

How do you see this show benefiting the writers or submit or the people who watch?
Writers will get the real, honest reactions they need to write the best script possible. And the people who watch will get to see hilarious/talented comedians enact two funny, original narratives that they can follow from start to finish. It’ll be like watching an episode of a show they never heard of, with all the anxieties and in-the-moment-isms of it being a live show. Plus, free beer.

Who did that sweet ass graphic?
That sweet ass graphic was made by the talented, hilarious Shannon “Sweet Ass” Fahey who can also make your sweet ass graphic. Just visit her sweet ass website: shannnonfahey.com

Anything else you’d like to tell people submitting or people excited to watch?
I’ll be providing FREE BEER to all (21 and older) who come to the show!

And for those of you thinking about submitting — PLEASE DO. Don’t be scared of people reading/hearing your work. This is the stuff that will make your good work great. And I’ll be a part of the process the whole time, guiding you, so please HMU if you have questions or concerns!!

In short: PLEASE SUBMIT. PLEASE COME.

*All material remains the property of the writer(s); participating in the live reading does NOT give PHIT ownership of your work.

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Secret Pants is back with “UnRehearsed”

Secret Pants is back on the PHIT stage for the first time in over three years performing their newest show, “UnRehearsed.”

Secret Pants is Philly’s oldest continuously active sketch comedy troupe. They are made up of Brian Craig, Brian Kelly, Bryce Remsburg, Samantha Russell, Steve Thorne, Paul Triggiani, and Larry Wiechecki. They formed in the spring of 2004 after meeting in a Temple University comedy writing class. Their videos have been featured on FUSE Cable TV, in the Philadelphia Film Festival, on CollegeHumor.com, and on Comedy Central’s website, just to name a few.

Secret Pants began performing their material live in 2005, and since that time have performed up and down the East Coast. They have been featured attractions at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia SketchFest, New York City’s Sketch This Festival, Atlantic City’s House of Blues, NYC’s People’s Improv Theater, and Maryland’s Mid-Atlantic Comedy Smorgasbord, among others. They have had the pleasure of opening for national comedians, including Bruce Bruce and Neil Hamburger. They are proud two-time winners of the “Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia” competition, nabbing top prize in 2007 and 2008.

Bryce Remsburg says, “We’ve been performing at PHIT for probably 10 years now, and we haven’t done our own shows there since our 10 year anniversary gigs in May 2014 – so we’re pumped to be back.”

“UnRehearsed” debuted as part of Philly Sketchfest 2017. Since then, two sketches have been added to the show. One of these sketches was performed once before, but has since been re-cast. While Paul Triggiani and Samantha Russell originated the roles in the latter sketch, Brian Kelly and Brian Craig will now take over. Brian Kelly says, “It’s been interesting getting to perform the sketch after seeing Paul & Samantha absolutely nail it the first time it was put up. If anything, the change in casting will only enhance the ‘Unrehearsed’ experience.”

The other newly added sketch is will debut as part of this show’s run at PHIT. The group described this sketch using the words “weird and stupid and musical in that order.”

“UnRehearsed” is on Friday June 16th at 10:30pm and Saturday June 17th at 9pm!

Get tickets for Friday here or get your tickets for Saturday here!

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Save $50 On All Intro Comedy Classes Now Through Memorial Day!

Summer classes are coming and we got some HOT DEAL$ for you! Now through Memorial Day you can save $50(!) on any and all intro classes at PHIT! This includes Acting 101, Improv 101, Sketch Comedy 101, and Stand-up 101. All just $199 through Monday, May 29th! Just use the code MEMORIALDAYPHITS32017 at checkout!

We get people from all walks of life for a wide variety of reasons taking our classes.  Are you looking to expand your skills as an actor? Think you’re funny and want to hone those skills in an improv, stand-up or writing course? New in town and looking to meet new people? Looking for to build confidence when speaking in front of large groups? We got your back! Here’s what a few students had to say:

“I enjoyed every second of being in class, and it made me super happy every Saturday going there, being there, and afterwards. This helped me build my confidence as an actress so much while learning so many new skills and techniques that I’m going to apply to my future acting career.”

“Never missed a class. Some weeks even commuted 2 hours Paid off. Became better public speaking, dare I say more funny.. and a better doctor!”*

“He helped me break out of my comfort zone and open up. Also I was genuinely surprised at how much I learned about improv during the 8 weeks, and I am recommending this class to all my friends.”

You’ll meet people, learn something new, and have a blast while you’re at it. Plus you’ll get a student pass good for free stand-by admission to most shows at PHIT for the duration of your class! So don’t wait any longer. Classes start the week of June 4th. Check out the below list and use the code MEMORIALDAYPHITS32017 at check-out to save $50 now!

*we cannot guarantee you will become a better doctor.

IMPROV CLASSES

IMPROV 101
Instructor: 
Sheila Master
Day: 
Sundays
Starts: 
6/4/2017
Time:
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
7 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: David Donnella
Day: Sundays
Starts: 6/4/2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: 
Jessica Snow
Day: 
Mondays
Starts:
6/5/2017
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
9 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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Molly_Scullion_SmallIMPROV 101
Instructor: Molly Scullion
Day: 
Mondays
Starts: 
6/5/2017
Time: 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
9 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: 
Rob Alesiani
Day: 
Tuesdays
Starts: 
6/6/2017
Time: 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
4 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: 
Whitney Harris
Day: 
Wednesdays
Starts:
6/7/2017
Time: 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
4 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: Fred Brown
Day: Thursdays
Starts: 6/8/2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
5 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: 
Nick Gillette
Day: 
Fridays
Starts:
6/9/2017
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
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IMPROV 101
Instructor: 
Brian Rumble
Day: 
Saturdays
Starts:
6/10/2017
Time:
 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
9 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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SKETCH COMEDY CLASSES

SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
 Brian Kelly
Day: 
Sundays
Starts: 6/4/2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
 Jacquie Baker
Day:
Mondays
Starts:
6/5/2017
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
8 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Joe Moore
Day:
Mondays
Starts: 6/5/2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
6 SPOTS LEFT! – ENROLL NOW!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Jolie Darrow
Day: 
Wednesdays
Starts: 6/7/2017
Time: 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Matthew Schmid
Day:
Saturdays
Starts: 
6/9/2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
8 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Jacquie Baker
Day: 
Saturdays
Starts: 
6/10/2017
Time:
 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
6 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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INTRO TO DIGITAL SKETCH
Instructor:
Jon Plester
Day:
Saturdays
Starts: 
6/25/2017
Time:
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
ENROLL NOW!
Already Discounted $50
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ACTING AND STAND-UP CLASSES

ACTING 101
Instructor:
 Amy Frear
Day: Sundays
Starts: 6/4/2017
Time: 
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
4 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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ACTING 101
Instructor:
 Amy Frear
Day: Mondays
Starts: 6/5/2017
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
5 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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nicole_yates_smallSTAND-UP 101
Instructor: 
Nicole Yates
Day:
Mondays
Starts: 
6/5
Time:
 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 SPOTS LEFT – ENROLL NOW!
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New Sketch Team Fezziwig!

Last fall, writers were chosen to be a part of the new live sketch team at PHIT Comedy and this week their new show debuts! To be considered for the team writers had the opportunity to submit a packet of their funniest material. This Thursday you can see their premiere show Fezziwig presents The Deadutante Ball!

Find out what this photo means at their debut show!

The team is directed by Kathryn Amrhein and the cast includes writers Alexis Howland, Alyssa Truszkowski, Ian Fletcher, Kristofer W. Hodge, Patric Ciervo, and head writer Andrea Duffy. Fezziwig’s actors are Nathaniel Biagiotti, Derrick Houck, Jenna Kuerzi, Wendy Lenhart, Brooke McCarthy, and Chuong Pham.

We asked them a few questions to see what it’s been like preparing for their first show!

What has it been like preparing for your first show?
It’s been an exhilarating, fun, sometimes scary whirlwind! Finding our voice, meeting and getting to know our actors, figuring out how to score cheap vapes and how many blood packets we’ll need for—uh….something. Oh, and Nate says he’s dehydrated.We should probably see about that.

What can the audience expect?
At our first writers’ meeting, Kathryn said “you should know I like really dark humor” and we set about to make mom proud. So if you ask any one of us we’d probably say “blood! And death!” And there is that—hilarious blood and death. So, so much blood. But also a lot of heart and a look at how we navigate our weird wild world together. All of our characters are doing their best, despite the ridiculous circumstances we put them in. And what else…Patric dies a lot! Wendy perfected her stage fainting! There’s probably vaping if Andrea can get it together in tech rehearsal! Hodge dresses up as a prairie dog! And a lot of blood. Do you know what show is on after us? We should probably warn them about the blood…

What is your favorite thing about working together?
We’re all in agreement that Hodge is the king of snacks. One time he made us a cheese plate! Boy we wrote so good that day. When we get together we know 1) we won’t leave hungry, 2) we’ll make each other laugh. Seeing how everyone’s different voices and outlooks come together is really magical. And our actors are amazing, our first table read was so exciting! We can’t wait to show you what we’ve created together.

Any advice for sketch writers who are just starting out?
We all have pretty much the same advice: just do it! Just write, write, write; write what makes YOU laugh, and put it in front of people to see what works. PHIT is a great community for sketch because you have things like Sketch Up or Shut Up, or Up All Night, where you can just get up there and try stuff out. But just go for it—so many of us say we wish we’d done this sooner, but we did it and look at us now!

What are your all time favorite sketches?
“I do love that Lunch Lady song” — Hodge
“I always liked the Barber sketch from A Bit of Fry and Laurie” — Ian
“Yikes, just one? I remember seeing the “Cluckin Chicken” air and was blown away by the dark humor. It may have also played a part in my future eating habits.” — Wendy
“I really love Tina and Amy’s “Meet Your Second Wife” sketch” — Patric
Country Roses w/Jennifer Aniston from SNL” — Nate
“Tina Fey’s Colonel Angus sketch is the sketch my sketches want to be when they grow up.” — Andrea

Any tips to get rid of writer’s block?
Read a lot, watch a lot (“and steal it” – Nate). Also, see #4—just write! Don’t force it and don’t be an idea snob, follow your fun! So many things that ended up in the show started off as offhand jokes somebody made or weird things somebody mentioned at our meetings. Your ideas can come from anywhere, be open to them.

You can seeFezziwig’s debut show on:
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12 
Thursday, May 18
Friday, May 19

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