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!

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.

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

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.

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 to explain why you feel an exception should be made.

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.

Sign-ups begin immediately. To secure an audition time please fill out the below linked form.


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.

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.

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



(***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 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 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 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.

Get your tickets now!

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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.

Get your tickets now!

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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!

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

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.
There will be no callbacks.

Philly Improv Theater
2030 Samson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mainstage (first floor)

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 to explain why you are are seeking special consideration to audition.

Please bring a headshot or a recent photo of yourself. Resumes are not required, but will gladly be accepted.

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.


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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.


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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Fjord and Mainstage’s Final Show

This Saturday night, PHIT Comedy will have the final performances for two of our beloved house teams, Mainstage and Fjord. Come out and celebrate the best way we know how: with lots of laughs and some cake.

The cast of Mainstage is Caitilin Weigel, Dan Corkery, David Donnella, Erin Pitts, Hasreet Gill, Jacob Todd, Jess Snow, Kristen Schier, Marcely Jean-Pierre, Pim Van Huijkelom, Robyn Cartlidge, Sheila Master, and Whitney Harris. They are directed by Frank Farrell.

Fjord is Gab Bottoni, Scott Campbell, Sarah Clemency, Alex Coffey, and Joe Tuzzi. Fjord is directed by Kristen Schier. They have been together since October 2015. For their last show, former teammates Casey Hogan, Pim Van Huijkelom, and Kathryn Amrhein are all coming back to play with Fjord.

We asked Fjord a few questions about their time with this team. Read their answers below!

What will you miss most about playing with this team?
Joe:Playing with some of my best friends on a weekly basis.
Gab: I will miss seeing my weird, loving family on stage every week. I will miss everything about them as people and as players onstage and off. I will miss being with people I truly have no boundaries with. But mostly I will miss being lifted and/or being smooched by Scott.
Scott: I think the things that I will miss the most are the dumb warm up games we make up on the spot, the unconditional support in and out of scenes, and how weird we are together. Fjord has a reputation for being very close in a weird way and I take a lot of pride in that. It is very special.

Sarah: HOLY SHIT! I’m going to miss playing with this crew. We were all so weird and clicked with our weirdness almost instantly. I’ll miss Joe’s insane moves. That dude will literally throw out his back for improv and his team. Gab’s sexual tension with all of us. Alex’s calm way of saying the most ridiculous lines. Kathryn and my peas in a pod scenes. Pim being able to make an argument scene be so much fun. Casey being the best at calling out bullshit in scenes. He consistently made me break. Ryan being a big sexy goofball who would go along with ANYTHING. Shawna being a big witty dream. And I won’t miss anything about Scott because I get to still be on a team with him because I’m a lucky person. I love this team and these people.
Alex: I will miss getting to work with some of the funniest people I know every week and genuine love and respect we have for each other.


What are some of your favorite memories from playing with this team?
Joe: All the kisses
Gab: A lot of my favorite memories went down outside of Philly, while traveling for improv festivals with Fjord. My first time out of the country was with Fjord for the Vancouver International Improv Festival. A couple of Fjordies who I won’t name got in a big drunk vacation fight and hopped out of the driver seat of our rental van. I had to jump up from the backseat and take over and go find these dummies. It was pretty Fast & Furious, tbh, so I had fun. My first time performing in the Del Close Marathon was 3 years ago with Fjord. They always try to wing man me with Jason Mantzoukas but, y’know, to no avail. We have fun.
Scott: I’m not going to bore readers with details of scenes, but my favorite memories are of high stakes / high energy scenes with Joe, dark scenes with Alex, scenes where I got to push Sarah’s boundaries (mentally and physically), creating intense relationships with Gab, my various on stage sexual encounters with Ryan, reacting to Shawna’s beautiful, beautiful brain,  constantly attempting to curve ball Casey only to have him one up me every time, being pushed by Pim regularly to be a better improviser, and last but not least.. steamrolling (literally) Kathryn.

Sarah: Definitely traveling together. Also I will always cherish Fjordies drinking Fourties, and Fjord 20s. These were some of my first friends at the theater. They can’t get rid of me easily. So more memories to come!!!!
Alex: Scott and Joe lifting me up, getting to go to Vancouver hanging all weekend, and having the building evacuated because we (Scott and Ryan) got really into bunny bunny and cause the building to shake.

Fjord would like to thank the PHIT community, especially the students and fellow improvisers who come out and support them on a regular basis. They said, “It means a lot to have that support in the audience and we truly love you all for it. We also want to thank Adam for casting us, and a huge thanks to Kristen Schier for directing us these past 15 months. We have grown a lot especially in the last year and a big part of that was Kristen pushing us to be better and imparting her infinite wisdom upon us. We love her and can’t thank her enough.”

Last week, Hoffman and 1816’s final show sold out, so be sure to get tickets to Fjord and Mainstage’s final show now!

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Hoffman and 1816’s Final Show

Tonight, PHIT Comedy will have the final performances for two of our beloved house teams, Hoffman and 1816. Come out and celebrate the best way we know how: with lots of laughs and some cake.

Like a tickle fight for all of your senses, a Hoffman comedy experience is more than chuckles. It’s a full-body laughter massage! Hoffman is Whitney Harris, Cole Johnston, Kayleigh Leggitt, Andrew Sigwart, Peter Szekeres, and Jacob Todd. Hoffman is directed by Max Sittenfield.



1816 is Jolie Darrow, Brendan Kingston, Sheila Master, Jon Plester, Sean Sullivan, and Aaron Unice. 1816 is directed by Sam Scavuzzo. They have been together since October 2014 and for their last show they have invited former teammates and both directors they have had to come play in with them.

Jolie Darrow shared, “At the very first 1816 practice, and our very first montage, Nicole Zeits laid down on the ground, patted it, and initiated with “Sit down boo.” It was brilliant. There was also a time when half the team played exotic zoo animals and the other half played owners, and the owners carried around all the zoo animals all over stage.”

Brendan Kingston also shared, “Everyone on this team is such a strong, grounded, funny player. Being a late addition, I felt immediately at home and among friends, and it’s only accelerated from there. I’ll most miss just hanging out, practicing, and laughing. Also I will miss the sound of tug boat horns from the sidelines.”

Tickets are selling fast – get yours now!

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Announcing the Newest PHIT Improv House Teams!

This past weekend PHIT held auditions for brand new Wednesday and Saturday improv house teams. This was our first house team audition in over a year and at nearly two hundred people, our largest audition ever. Everyone was wonderful, which made the casting process exceptionally difficult. After several days of deliberation we are pleased to announce our newest PHIT Improv House Teams!

These teams will go be behind closed doors getting into fighting shape for their September debuts. We couldn’t be more excited to see each of them in action (and also find out what they choose as their new team names!). Look for Wednesday teams to debut on September 6th and Saturday teams to start debuting on September 9th.

Tom: I’m very excited to get to work with so many great performers. We truly agonized over what configuration would work best, given the number of high-quality performers we saw throughout the weekend. This group is full of fun players who will make fun and bold choices on stage and help build a welcoming community off stage.

Samantha Abrams
Yvonne Anderson
Peter Quach Duong
Bobby Hayes
Alexis Howland
Tia Kemp
Drew Klemens
Joel Thomas
Joseph Tuzzi

Sheila: Last weekend proved that Philly is overflowing with talent.  It was incredible, but also made my job extremely difficult.  This team is a bunch of delightful improvisers that I can’t wait to laugh with, be surprised by and support during this experience.

Christina Anthony
Jigesh Baxi
Chris Berg
Jabari Dortch
Madison Helmick
Tess Liebersohn
Brett Rader
Jacob Todd
Meghan Walsh

In addition to these fresh new Wednesday night teams we set out to assemble new teams for Saturday. Casting all new Saturday teams was admittedly a big task and it was not one we took lightly. After the amazing showing over the weekend and at callbacks we ended up casting the most teams we have ever cast at the theater at one time and are so happy with each one of them. These Saturday teams will be choosing their directors and we will announce those at a later date.

Scott Campbell
Sarah Clemency
Andrew Coppola
Nicholas Elmer
Brendan Kingston
Cara McGuffin
Melinda Messina
Andrew Nealis
Sean Sullivan
Jimmy Wyatt
Gabriella Bottoni
Robyn Cartlidge
Katie Cwirko
Adrian de Leon
Tom Hannigan
Marcely Jean-Pierre
Kevin Pettit
Kristen Schier
Joe Wendrychowicz
Kelly Conrad
Shannon Fahey
Stacie Lyons
Sheila Master
Emma Needleman
Erin Pitts
Molly Scullion
Christine Walden
Randie Welles
Tara Demmy
Chris Esperance
Matt Garren
Nick Gillette
Apple Milkshake
Kelly Jo Little
Courtney Painter
Jon Plester
Lizzie Spellman
Karen Coleman
Jolie Darrow
Derrick Houck
Dan McClory
Jack O’Keeffe
Annie Paradis
Raja Rajanathan
Peter Szekeres
Pim van Huijkelom

There is so much talent here in Philly. We were genuinely impressed by so many people that we simply did not have room for. There are more auditions and performance opportunities coming soon and we can’t wait make more tough decisions like the above. Meanwhile keep growing and doing great work, which is its own reward.

Be sure to get out and support the current slate of PHIT improv house teams that will have their last shows on 7/22, 7/29, and 8/5 @ 8:30 p.m. They have done amazing work and we look forward to celebrating their runs.

Kristen Schier
Improv Producer

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Shark Tank: The Final Episode

PHIT Comedy is excited to welcome “Shark Tank”: The Final Episode on Friday, July 21st at 10:30pm and Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00pm!

“Shark Tank”: The Final Episode is a bizarro take on the reality show Shark Tank that imagines a jaded panel of business experts listening to dumb product pitches while looking for any excuse to end the show for good. But it’s live, on stage, and scripted. The show is set up like a live taping of a TV show, complete with an audience warm up comic (Ari Fishbein) and eight new real (fake) commercials.

The cast is Molly Scullion, Rob O’ Neill, David Donnella, Frank Farrell, Katie Cwirko, Geoff Jackson, Whitney Harris, Annie Paradis, Jim Grammond, Jess Snow, Jeff Kremzier, Bill Reick, Pete Szekeres, Kate Banford, and Karen Coleman.

“Shark Tank”: The Final Episode was written by Max Sittenfield and Sean Keegan-Landis. How did they come up with the idea for this show? “Max was watching the show Survivor and thought, “Hey, I could write a Shark Tank script.” He couldn’t. But he and Sean could.” The audience does not need to know anything about Shark Tank to enjoy this show.

Check out one of the show’s real (fake) commercials!

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Announcing Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2017 Producers

PHIT Comedy is thrilled to announce that planning for Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2017 is officially underway! The producers for this year’s festival have been selected and have started discussions for the marathon. Read more about this year’s producers below!

BFCM 2017 will also be opening festival submissions on Monday, July 17th and closing them on September 15th. Keep an eye out for the submission forms!

Tom Hannigan – Executive Producer

Tom Hannigan has been studying and performing improv for over five years. Tom’s been a member of PHIT House Teams Metropolis and Outside Voices as well as in short run shows Stay Dead!: An Improvised Horror Comedy and Reasonable Doubt for the 2013 Philly Fringe Festival. At PHIT, Tom has taught workshops and hosted his pick up improv show, Super Human Horse, for over two years. In the Fall, he’ll be the director of one of the two Harold teams performing every Wednesday night.


Nicole Yates – Stand-Up Producer

Nicole Yates is a Philly-based Standup Comic who has appeared all over the country in shows at clubs, bars and back rooms of burrito restaurants. She has also appeared in a bunch of silly viral videos, wrote for some late night local talk shows and sketch teams and is the proud Co-Founder of the BFCM. In her free time she enjoys sleeping, various nerdy stuff and collecting things your mom yelled at you for having right after stepping on and then threw out. She also really likes pizza.





Kayleigh Liggitt – Assistant Improv Producer

Kayleigh has been performing improv for about 7 years. She is currently on PHIT house team Hoffman, she runs and performs in the show CORE, and she produces indie shows Free Improv at the Grape Room and Improv Under the El. When she is not doing improv she likes to bike, do yoga, keep tiny humans alive and play Sims.






Patric Ciervo – Assistant Sketch Producer

Patric Ciervo is a comedy writer from Philadelphia who has been active in the sketch comedy scene since fall 2013 with his project Patric Writes Sketches. He is also a member of the PHIT house team Fezziwig. His greatest life achievement is that he once sold Tina Fey a Betsy Ross House Christmas ornament.





Alyssa Al-Dookhi – Assistant Variety Producer

Alyssa Al-Dookhi is an Arab American comedian, writer and game show host living in Philadelphia.
She produces and hosts various shows all over Philadelphia, including the game shows “Eat Your Beats!” and “Make Up Or Break Up.” She can be seen frequently at The Punch Line Comedy Club in Philadelphia and has been featured at the annual Bechdel Test Fest and the Philly Women’s Theater Festival.

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