Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – February 15th through February 21st

A very exciting week for us here at Philly Sketchfest. We have our February showcase taking place this Friday, February 19th with sketch from Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth and stand-up from Alyssa Al-Dookhi at 8:30pm and then at 10:00pm it’s a brand new set of sketch from The Prince entitled, ‘Whole Human, Whole Horse’ directed by Maggy Keegan with stand-up from Joe Bell!

We’re also hard at work behind the scenes sending emails and updating our site in effort to release the names of the groups from Philadelphia & North America who have submitted and been accepted into this year’s 2016 Philly Sketchfest! Once they’re all sent out, we’ll update here. We’ll also be updating to let you know about our festival revue shows that feature both festival performers and up-and-coming local sketch groups! There is simply so much to do and so little time, so let’s get started by telling you about our February showcase at the Adrienne Theater Playground as well as sketch shows taking place all over Philadelphia this week…

Philly Sketchfest Presents – Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth with stand-up from Alyssa Al-Dookhi
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (1st Floor on left), Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, February 19th – Doors at 8pm and Show at 8:30pm / Tickets – $10
Template_11x17_vertPhilly Sketchfest is proud to host the two sketch groups who represented Philadelphia at this year’s Chicago Sketchfest, Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth. They’ll be performing their sets, in full from Chicago for this one-night only event! The entire block of comedy will be hosted by stand-up comedian, Alyssa Al-Dookhi who will also perfrom! Follow Alyssa on twitter @TheDookness and her website – thedookness.tumblr.com.

Spirit Animal is the quirky, reference-filled sketch comedy duo of Shannon DeVido & Kristin Finger!

The Flat Earth is a Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) Sketch House Team formed in 2012. They have been accepted into and performed at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (2015 & 2016), San Francisco Sketchfest (2015), and Toronto Sketchfest (2015 & 2016). The Flat Earth is Jacquie Baker, Vincent P. DiCostanzo, Rich Lee, Matthew Schmid, Molly Silverman, and Adam Siry. They are directed by Paul Triggiani (Secret Pants).

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Philly Sketchfest Presents – The Prince’s ‘Whole Human, Whole Horse’ with stand-up from Joe Bell
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (1st Floor on left), Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, February 19th – Doors at 9:45pm and Show at 10:00pm / Tickets – $10
The Prince Whole Human Whole HorsePhilly Sketchfest is equally proud to host, The Prince for a full-length show entitled, ‘Whole Man Whole Horse’ directed by Maggy Keegan! Comedian, Joe Bell will be hosting the show and performing stand-up!

The Prince is a sketch comedy duo featuring Frank Farrell and Jamie Glasheen. They were accepted into and performed at the 2014 Philly Sketchfest and have also performed at ‘Hey, We’re Cool‘ at L’etage, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), and Good Good Comedy.

Joe Bell is a Philadelphia based comedian. He regularly performs stand-up and is the co-host of ‘Senior Pancakes Drunken Voyage,’ an audience-interactive, stand-up drinking game. He can also be seen performing live comedy as a part of various Good Good Comedy productions such as ‘Eat Your Beats’ and ‘Five Dollar Comedy Week.’ Joe is also an animator, producing shorts that can be seen monthly at ‘The Phone It In Film Festival‘ and his YouTube channel. Fore more, follow Joe on Twitter – @JoeBell.

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World Cafe Live Presents – Trump vs. Bernie : The Debate
World Cafe Live – 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Monday, February 15th at 8:00pmTix $20 – SOLD OUT
TrumpvsBernieAppropriately taking place on President’s Day, it’s no wonder at all that this one-night only performance from Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian is SOLD OUT. With glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Splitsider, you’ll have to settle for web clip searches unless you purchased tickets in advance.

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Phone It In Film Festival presented by Good Good Comedy
Philamoca – 531 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30pm / Tix – $5 (reservations available)
Phone It InCreated by Chris O’Connor, Dan Angelucci, Alex Grubard & Clay Hereth, Phone It In is a monthly film festival, made up entirely of videos that people shot on their cell phones. Is that sketch? It certainly could be and it’s definitely an awesome opportunity. So go to this show, enjoy it, and then make it your business to get your phone charged and start shooting that sketch you always said you’d shoot but never did. Seriously, get your shit together and check out the guidelines here at their website here at the link. Videos can be submitted whenever for this monthly show and to be considered for inclusion in this week’s show, they typically allow you to submit up to midnight the day before the show.

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Goat Rodeo presents ‘Make America Goat Again’ with special guests, Wretched Hive
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19103
Thursday, February 18th – 9pm / Tix – $8 Advance & $10 Door
Friday, February 19th – 9pm / Tix – $8 Advance & $10 Door
Goat Rodeo Make America Goat AgainGoat Rodeo returns to the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) this week to wrap up their four-night engagement of their brand new sketch show, appropriately pun-titled, ‘Make America Goat Again’. In our opinion this is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the electoral primary season and learn about the issues that matter to goats. Goat Rodeo is Christian Alsis, Dan Boldin, Daniel Corkery (House of Solitude), Bill Flynn, Kristy Goldy (Youth Large), Jimi Haak, Chris McGrail (Hey, We’re Cool), Justin Miller, Kevin Pettit, Samantha Russell (Secret Pants/Youth Large), Sue Taney (ComedySportz Philly), Zachary Uzupis, and Aubrie Williams (ManiPedi). Goat Rodeo is directed by Samantha Russell with Christian Alsis serving as head writer and Bill Flynn as production/tech coordinator.

wretchhiverectangleWretched Hive, the sketch comedy duo of Jack O’Keeffe (Music Show) and Gabby Thom (It’s The New), opens both nights after a successful run in December of their debut, Star Wars inspired sketch show, “One Night In Alderaan“. Wretched Hive can also be seen again on Saturday night, opening for HoagieFist at Vox Populi presented by Good Good Comedy.

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Sketch Up or Shut Up
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Friday, February 19th – Sign ups at 11:00pm / Show at 11:55pm FREE
Sketch Up or Shut UpPhiladelphia’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.

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Good Good Comedy Presents : HoagieFist with special guests, Wretched Hive
Vox Populi – 319 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Saturday, February 20th at 10:00pm / Tickets – $5
HoagieFistGood Good Comedy is bringing some sketch comedy to Saturday night with two of Philadelphia’s newest sketch groups, HoagieFist & Wretched Hive. HoagieFist began working together with their director Steve Swan as part of the Philly Improv Theater sketch comedy game show, Iron Sketch. Randomly paired together and originally known as ‘Clark’s Glasses,’ they immediately clicked and continued working together performing at both the 2014 and 2015 Black Friday Comedy Marathons and recently, as part of Philly Sketchfest Presents Sketch Hangover. HoagieFist is Ryan Birchmeier (Best Friends TV Show), Jake Mattera and director Steve Swan.
Wretched Hive, the sketch comedy duo of Jakk O’Keeffe (Music Show) and Gabby Thom (It’s The New), opens the evening after a successful run in December of their debut, Star Wars inspired sketch show, “One Night In Alderaan” and Thursday & Friday night of this week opening for Goat Rodeo at Philly Improv Theater.

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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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