Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – October 12th through October 18th

NYC Sketchfest at The PIT is this weekend and as we mentioned last week, Philadelphia will be represented by a plethora of groups. This week, musical sketch group Mean Wendy Band gets ready for their two shows at NYC Sketchfest with a local performance at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) with musical improv duo, Cat & Vegas and the Temple of Boom. Not to be outdone, musical sketch/90’s alt-rock cover band The Flannel Chucks are also back on stage. PLUS, a brand new show from PHIT Sketch House Team Dog Mountain with guests Adventure Friends, Sweetish at The Sideshow, and an opportunity for anyone to get their material on stage at Sketch Up or Shut Up.

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Dog Mountain with special guests, Adventure Friends
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Thursday, October 15th – 9pm / Tix – $8 Advance & $10 Door
Friday, October 16th – 9pm / Tix – $10 Advance & $12 Door
Dog Mountain presents No Cussin On The MountainDog Mountain returns to the PHIT stage this week and next for their latest run of sketches entitled, ‘No Cussin’ on the Mountain’. This run is bittersweet as it marks the final show the group will have with original member, Rob Baniewicz, who is moving New York City to pursue his dream career as an Elmo impersonator in Times Square. Okay, that’s not totallyAdventure Friends Groupcorrect, but he is moving to New York City and this is a big deal. Rob is one of THE seminal figures in the Philly sketch comedy community as one-half of sketch duo, Meg & Rob, as well as writing & performing for Camp Woods and Alley of Nightmares, a sketch show based on horror anthologies such as Tales From The Crypt, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. Dog Mountain is Rob Baniewicz, Carl Boccuti, Chip Chantry, Jim Grammond, Emily Hill, Trevor Miles, Joe Moore (Head Writer), Courtney Painter, R.J. Payne, Steve Swan, and Ashlee Rose Toll. They are directed by Carl Boccuti.

Adventure Friends are also back this month, opening for Dog Mountain. Quinton Alexander, Mike Butler and Shannon DeVido make up the members of Adventure Friends which take improv forms and turn them into sketch formats.

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Mean Wendy Band with special guests, Cat & Vegas
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Thursday, October 15th – 10:30pm / Tix – $8 Advance & $10 Door

<span style="color: #000000;">sketch by Katie Haire - www.katiehaire.com</span>

sketch by Katie Haire – www.katiehaire.com


Mean Wendy Band performs original, silly songs penned by Philadelphia musical comedienne, Wendy Lenhart. Wendy’s mother always said that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” However, she didn’t say anything about singing not nice things. Mean, not-taking-her-mother’s-advice, Wendy is backed up by her favorite guy-pals, Ryan Barlow, Brian Kelly, Dan Kristie and Zachary Wisely. Despite the intentions of their name, they’re really quite nice people. Joining Mean Wendy Band on the show, Vegas Lancaster and the lovely Cat London as musical improv duo, Cat & Vegas and the Temple of Boom!

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The Flannel Chucks present, RUBAROO! A musical comedy showcase benefiting Rock To The Future
Ruba Club – 416 Green Street
Friday, October 16th – 7:30pm to 11:00pm / Tix – $11 Advance & $14 Door
The Flannel Chucks LogoPhiladelphia’s only(?) 90’s alt-rock, comedy cover band returns to the stage fresh off of this summer’s incredible Flannelpalooza Chuckoachella for another HUGE musical comedy showcase. This time it’s all to benefit local organization, Rock To The Future, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010 that provides music education to Philadelphia’s under-served youth at no cost to them or their families. Joining the Flannel Chucks’ Beth Eisenberg, Neil Engelman, Rob Alessiani, Brian Kelly, Ryan Barlow, and Kristen Schier will be Cat & Vegas and The Temple of Boom, The N Crowd, Matthew Schmid of The Flat Earth, a performance by Rock to The Future + a live segment taping for Best Friends TV Show with Ryan Birchmeier & Steve Holland.

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The SideShow
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Friday, October 16th – 10:30pm / Tix – $10 Advance & $12 Door
The SideshowThe Sideshow was created by Mike Marbach and is PHIT’s variety showcase for all types of comedy in one convenient slot. You want to see improv? We got it. Stand-up? Yup. Sketch? You betcha. And a ton of other funny things that don’t quite fit into any one category. From established acts to one night only groupings to experiments gone wrong… the Sideshow has it all! This installment is hosted by the cast of the upcoming STAY DEAD!! and features sketch from Sweetish , Jack O’Keeffe’s, ‘Charlie Harley’s Acting Semenar’, Caitlin Wiegel (ManiPedi/House of Solitude) performing ‘Mrs. Linda is in Barbados’, ‘Ghost Stories’ by Jake Mattera (HoagieFist), improv from Neighborhood Watch and clowning from Kristen Schier.

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Sketch Up or Shut Up
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Friday, October 16th – Sign ups at 11:00pm / Show at 11:55pm FREE

Every 3rd Friday at Midnight at PHIT

Every 3rd Friday at Midnight at PHIT

Philadelphia’s ONLY Sketch Comedy Open-Mic, Sketch Up or Shut Up, returns to the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) stage Friday night. Sketch Up or Shut Up was created by Meg Favreau, is hosted by Brian Kelly and is THE place for sketch comedians to work out their new & in-progress material in front of a live audience. Sketch Up or Shut Up is a FREE SHOW and enables sketch comedians of all experience levels try out new material, meet each other and build relationships. Sign-ups begin in the Lobby of the Adrienne Theater at 11:00pm and the show begins on the 2nd Stage at 11:55pm. Not a sketch comedian? That’s fine too! Actors are encouraged to attend & volunteer to be in the sketches of writers who either do not wish to perform their own material or do not have a group of people to work with yet. Not a writer or an actor? Wonderful. Audiences are welcomed and encouraged to join us and simply enjoy the show.

Know about an upcoming sketch show? Want us to tell people about it? Send your listing to brian.kelly@phillysketchfest.com.

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