Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – January 4th through January 10th

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016! Yes, we are still celebrating because there is so much to be happy about. On New Year’s Day we opened up submissions and announced the dates of our upcoming 2016 Philly Sketchfest taking place from March 31st through April 3rd. You can submit here until we close out the submission process on January 31st. We’re also thankful to everyone who came out and enjoyed our January showcase featuring the American Breakfast Reunion Show with Your Mom and our 17 group sketch event, Sketch Hangover – The First Sketches of 2016. Our never-ending thanks to the performers who spent their New Year’s Day with us including, American Breakfast, Your Mom, Adventure Friends, Barbara Bush, Dog Mountain, High Dramma, HoagieFist, House of Solitude, ManiPedi, Mean Wendy Band, Patric Writes Sketches, The Burgundy Boys, The Flannel Chucks, The Flat Earth, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie, The Prince, Until Pluto, and WGRA Radio Theatre. Let’s do it again next year! If you missed your first opportunity to see sketch comedy in 2016, you are in luck. There are no less than six sketch comedy shows occurring this week and we can’t wait to tell you about them…

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Hey, We’re Cool – Home Alone
Thursday, January 7th – 8pm / L’etage – 624 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 / $5 at the door
Hey Were Cool TattooHey, We’re Cool returns to L’etage for their first themed event of 2016, ‘Home Alone’. Joining the collective of cool this month are comedians, Sarah Bell, Julia Celley (Locked in Julia’s Basement), and Dru Kramcsak (Monologues at PHIT), burlesque artist Randi Warhol and music from Dave Metter (What’s My Line).

Hey, We’re Cool is Quinton Alexander, Matt Aukamp, Jacquie Baker, Kev Ketner, Chris McGrail, Pat Reber and Matthew Schmid.

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Up All Night : The Improv to Sketch Cram
Thursday, January 7th at 9:00pm / PHIT – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Phila, PA 19103 / Tix $8-$10
PHIT Logo Bar OldPhilly Improv Theater (PHIT) is putting up a sketch show that as of this posting, has yet to be written. We’ve asked everyone, even those involved, and no one can tell us what to expect. Why? Because it’s being done in the ‘sketch cram’ format of writing the entire show in 24 hours. And because they are the Philly IMPROV Theater, they’ll be building the foundation of each sketch through improvised scenes that will then be written into sketches. Comedians taking part in this 24 hour gauntlet include, Yvonne Anderson, Neil Bardhan, James Knight, Greg Maughan, Jack O’Keeffe, Jon Plester, and Jimmy Wyatt.

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DTF : The Darryl & Timaree Fun Hour
Friday, January 8th at 8:30pm – Tix $10 at door / Franky Bradleys – 1320 Chancellor St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
DTF LogoComedian, Darryl Charles and sexologist, Dr. Timaree Leigh host the bestest, most fun, sex-ed/comedy game show in Philadelphia. This month, we are especially excited as Darryl & Timaree will be joined by guests, Matthew Schmid and Jacquie Baker of sketch group, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie! Come out to laugh as well as learn more information than you likely need or should know about one of our favorite sketch duos!

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On Increasing Immigration with Steve Gerben
Friday, January 8th at 8:30pm / Plays & Players Theater – 1714 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tickets – $5
Steve Gerben On Increasing ImmigrationOver the past year, stand-up comedian Steve Gerben has taken to the lecture circuit, albeit comedically. His lectures have produced some of the most incredible pieces of comedy with educational comedy talks popping up in Philadelphia comedy venues including, Helium Comedy Club, PHIT, and now a new lecture this Friday at Good Good Comedy. ‘On Increasing Immigration’ includes material written by comedians, Michael Rainey, Chip Chantry, Tim Butterly, Darryl Charles, and Chris O’Connor. If you are anything like us, you’ve stopped reading this and you are waiting in line for the show to begin. Remember it’s cold out, so bring a blanket.

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Monologues at PHIT + Brought To You By…
Friday, January 8th at 9:00pm / PHIT – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Phila, PA 19103 / Tix $8-$10
monologues and brought to you byFilmed sketch offers groups an ability to reach audiences outside their locale while also opening up creative opportunities not available in a live format. However, the ability to receive immediate feedback from an audience is otherwise absent. That’s where Brought To You By… fills the gap, premiering new filmed sketches from Philadelphia-area groups in front of a live audience. Hosted & curated by Casey Hogan, Peter Szekeres, and Alex Coffey, the trio also integrate live material in-between videos. This month videos from, John Rafferty, Hoffman, Until Pluto and Dog Mountain.
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If you’re a comedian with an inclination to film and edit your material, email btyb.show@gmail.com to inquire about having your video featured as part of an upcoming show.

After that, it’s Monologues hosted & curated by Dru Kramcsak. This month’s monologists include Molly Silverman (The Flat Earth), Robert Nelson, Sheila Master, Bill Reick (performed by Kristofer Hodge), Jackie Benhayon (performed by Andrew Nealis), Melissa Kane, and Dru Kramcsak.

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What Do You Mean with Jourtney Dainter & Colie Parrow
Friday, January 8th at 10:00pm / Plays & Players Theater – 1714 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tickets – $5
Jolie Dainter and Courtney Parrow What Do You MeanJolie Darrow and Courtney Painter, of acclaimed sketch group Barbara Bush, are slightly absurd and exceedingly misunderstood. They’re even more misunderstood when they inhabit their alter egos, Jourtney Dainter & Colie Parrow. That’s why all of the characters that live within their brand new show, “What Do You Mean?” are trying to determine exactly that. Directed by Maggy Keegan, Jourtney and Colie will explore what it means to be human – because, just like their characters, they haven’t quite figured it out yet. Opening the show, ‘Locked in Julia’s Basement,’ surreal and bizarre sketch comedy from writer/performer Julia Celley with performances from, Sarah Carter, Chris Gory, Trevor Miles, and Andrew Nealis.

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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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