Sketchubator: A Sketch Comedy Incubator

Philly Sketchfest is so pleased to announce we’ll be hosting Sketchubator, an online sketch comedy incubator, live on Zoom! The next edition will take place on July 10 at 10pm EDT.

We invite sketch comedians from all over to share a piece of work they’re working on now to get feedback and see where the laughs are landing.

If you want to share an unpolished sketch or for more information, send Josh an email at josh@myfirstsketch.com.

Philly Sketchfest 2020 Postponed

Hey everybody, 

We just want to let everybody know that we’ve come to the difficult (but 100% necessary) decision to postpone Philly Sketchfest 2020 from its original June schedule to the Fall of this year. With all of the travel restrictions and other current projections, it’s become pretty clear that we wouldn’t be able to hold the festival in its best possible version. 

We’ll be working with our venue partners to secure new dates, so that we’ll be able to provide our audience and our performers with the best festival we possibly can. Based on the incredible amount of talent that has submitted to us so far this year, we can’t wait to be showcasing their incredible work on stages all across the City of Philadelphia soon.

Any questions, feel free to reach out to phillysketchfest@gmail.com 

Stay safe and healthy! 

Selling T-shirts for the Philadelphia Performance Artists’ Emergency Fund

Philly Sketchfest is now selling all its legacy t-shirts to benefit the Philadelphia Performance Artists’ Emergency Fund, a fundraiser to benefit the performers without the stages during this Coronavirus crisis. $6 with free shipping for any of the shirts left in stock, and all the proceeds will go to the Emergency Fund!

Head over to phillysketchfest.com/apparel for more.

The Best of 2019, part 2

Some more wonderful people responded to our call for sharing memories of 2019.

Julia Hudson, Crying Alone in the Shower, Philadelphia

Goat Rodeo’s final show! What an amazing send off for PHIT’s stalwart team. From Botticelli and the Pope to Emergency Alert System to the Tickle Monster to CATS. It’s awesome to watch a Best Of show and realize there are so many other sketches from throughout their run that I was hoping to see. There is so much more I could say about their tight writing, fun performances, props and costumes that put the rest of us to shame, and a director like Samantha Russell – but I’ll stop here. I’m so sad I’ll never get to see another Goat Rodeo show again and so happy that I got to see the last one!

photo from Julia Hudson

Goat Rodeo’s final show was so much fun. Cats is one of those sketches I can watch forever, and it will never not be funny. And the Philly comedy scene now has a Goat Rodeo-sized hole. -josh


Isaiah Headen, Bad Medicine, Washington DC

I co-run the DC Sketch Comedy Facebook page with a few members of Bad Medicine and Brick Penguin. The group has grown a lot and is becoming more active each month. We’ve been adding new members weekly. https://www.facebook.com/groups/DCSketchComedy/

Well, in the Spring we do a networking happy hour and this year it was our biggest event ever. We had a representative from every comedy theater in DC (which almost never happens) to talk about their events and how to join. Also a majority of the local sketch teams were in attendance. It not only felt like a real community, but it truly was a signal that the local scene is growing and we’ll be able to support more teams in the future. It was a sketch comedy rainbow of hope.

This sounds so cool.


Cameron Wyllie, The Original Arugula Boys, Toronto

Oh buddy,
We all know that Philly Sketchfest Saturday Nights at the Ruba Club are legendary, and this year was no exception. White Hot Sets from troupes all night long. And the community is great, so we all partied and drank well into the night. We got back to our Airbnb in Rittenhouse around 3 am and desperately needed to eat, so we hit the streets to find some food and COULD. NOT. FIND. ANYTHING. 
But then, who should appear on the wild streets of Philadelphia but Philly Sketch Legend JOE MOORE (Steve Swan vs Joe Moore) who, like a guardian angel, guided us to the nearest open Wawa for the greatest late night hoagies of our lives. 
Out of the billions of people in Philly-Delphia, running into a friendly face from the festival hours and miles apart in the dead of night? That’s a sketchfest miracle if I’ve ever seen one.

Joe Moore and hoagies are both great things late at night. And the Cameron and Carson are part of the reason our Saturday nights are so much fun.


If you’d like to share your favorite comedy memory of 2019, send an email to josh.higham@phillysketchfest.com.

The Best of 2019, part 1

Recently, we asked a bunch of friends to highlight some of the favorite comedy moments of 2019. Here’s a few we’ve received so far.

Isaiah Headen, Bad Medicine, Washington DC.

TikTok. I know it’s lame, but it reminds me of Vine so much. There are many good videos and I really do find myself laughing out loud when I browse TikTok at night… I’m so basic, but I’m sure I’ll think of something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC2eV2YJZCQ

Ellie Heath, Girl Brain, Edmonton, Alberta

This sketch (Car Snacks by Baroness von Sketch) has and will continue to be my favourite sketch I’ve seen in awhile. It’s just so so silly! 
Also, I had a really nice time in Philly, meeting all of you and hanging with some familiar friends from Toronto! 

Note from Josh: Ellie sent a YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpt5_CtazqI that is geoblocked in America. Darn CBC… To the best of my knowledge, this episode hasn’t aired on IFC in America yet. So we have something to look forward to.

Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd, Not Oasis, Toronto

Favourite memory was when Not Oasis came to Philly Sketchfest!! We had the best time at the Ruba Club!

Aw, shucks! We loved hosting you all! And we’re pretty fond of the Ruba Club, too.

If you’d like to share your favorite comedy memory of 2019, send an email to josh.higham@phillysketchfest.com.