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Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – October 5th through October 11th

It’s a big week for us here at Philly Sketchfest with our first monthly show featuring ‘the first ladies of comedy’, Barbara Bush and special guest, Nicole Yates. But that’s not all that’s happening this week. In fact, sketch groups from Philadelphia are honing their material with local shows in preparation for next week’s New York City Sketchfest 2015 at The PIT. Philly Sketchfest would like to take a moment to alphabetically congratulate the Philadelphia sketch groups accepted into NYC Sketchfest, The Burgundy Boys, Goat Rodeo (PHIT), High Dramma, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie, Mean Wendy Band, Your Mom, and the first group to begin preparatory shows this week, Patric Writes Sketches.
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Patric Writes Sketches w/ People Say I’m Sketchy
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Thursday, October 8th – 9pm / Tix – $8 Advance & $10 Door
Friday, October 9th – 9pm / Tix – $10 Advance & $12 Door

Patrick Writes Sketches LogoPatric Ciervo writes sketch comedy. So it only made sense that when he began putting his work on stage that he represent himself as such. And thus was born, ‘Patric Writes Sketches’. Patric’s shows feature a variety of comedic premises while also connecting to a through-line that begins and ends shows. Sketches explore double-standards, re-visits well known fairy tales from a modern perspective and provides fans of both light humor and dark comedy. There is always something for everyone in a Patric Writes Sketches set. Opening the show, ‘People Say I’m Sketch’, the first full sketch set from the up-and-coming sketch writer/performer, Charlie Shulman. A regular at Sketch Up or Shut Up, Iron Sketch and PHIT’s monthly Monologue show, Charlie is irreverent and not afraid to break the fourth wall in effort to get in touch with his audience’s comedic sensibilities.

Patric Writes Sketches is written by Patric Ciervo and performed by Sarah Clemency, Shannon DeVido (Adventure Friends), Pete Gerbron, Steve Holland (Best Friends TV) and Pat Reber (Hey, We’re Cool).

People Say I’m Sketchy features sketches written by Charlie Shulman, Kris Hodge and Megan Carter. Performers include Charlie Shulman, Megan Carter, Kris Hodge, Gene Meyer and Annie Paradis.
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Hi, We’re Barbara Bush with special guest, Nicole Yates
Sunday, October 11th – Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (1st Floor on Left) / Tix – $10

barbara bush show imageWe’ve been talking about Barbara Bush’s brand-new show since our this website launched. Now it’s finally time. We at Philly Sketchfest can’t tell you how excited we are to host ‘the first ladies of comedy’ in preparation for the upcoming set at the Crossroads Comedy Festival in Indianapolis, IN. Here’s what we know about the show so far without giving away all the surprises… They are performing their festival set in its entirety, there will be singing in a musical number and all ticket sale proceeds will go to the group. We’re happy, we’re excited and we simply can’t wait for Sunday when you all get to see what Barbara Bush and their director, Jacquie Baker, have planned for you.
Opening the show, stand-up comedian, Nicole Yates. Nicole is also the host of the DidjaEat Podcast and co-creator of the Black Friday Comedy Marathon at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT).

Barbara Bush is an all-female sketch comedy group featuring, Kathryn Amrhein, Jolie Darrow, Julia Hudson, Sue Nelson, Courtney Painter, Shawna Stotzfoos and Nicole Zeits. They are directed by Jacquie Baker.

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Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – September 28th through October 4th

Last week the Pope visited the city of Philadelphia. We we warned what would happen to the city. We were told we could leave while there was still time. Then reality set in… there would be no sketch shows while the Papal was in town. With a lack of sketch comedy entertainment, it wasn’t long before the city was torn asunder. Pandemonium reigned with chaos replacing all law and order. The children, covered in the blood of their fallen elders, wept when instead, they should have been validating the existence of sketch writers and performers with their laughter. To the survivors, to those returning, to those who have lost, please enjoy the following sketch shows as we move forward, forever changed by a week with no sketch shows.
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Hey, We’re Cool – We Got Drunk and Wrote a Show
Thursday, October 1st – 8pm / L’etage – 624 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 / $5 at the door

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If nothing else, Hey, We’re Cool prides themselves on their professionalism. So when they said “Let’s get, like, sloppy drunk and then write a show, and then we have to stick to whatever we wrote for that show, no matter how weird or uninterpretable the ideas are,” they did exactly that.

Promising a bizarre collection of ideas, drunkenly written weeks ago that are now simply bad decisions performed weeks after they drunkenly made them, Hey, We’re Cool has both thrown the gauntlet down and subsequently picked it back up. Drunkly written and soberly performed by Quinton Alexander, Matt Aukamp, Jacquie Baker, Kev Ketner, Chris McGrail, Pat Reber and Matthew Schmid.
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People of Interest – Two Year Anniversary Show
Thursday, October 1st – 10:30pm / PHIT – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Phila, PA 19103 / Tix $8-$10
People of Interest LogoAfter you’re finished laughing at Hey, We’re Cool, why not give The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie a ride across town to Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) so you can watch them perform together in People of Interest! Host Ryan T. Barlow conducts NPR-style interviews with characters created and performed by local comedians. However, the performers have no idea who they will be portraying until they arrive on stage. This month, People of Interest celebrates its two-year anniversary and Ryan T. Barlow will interviewing comedy duos from Philadelphia including sketch duo, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie and Improv duos, Proper Dodgy (Rachel Semigran & Lizzie Spellman), Mishegas (Mike Marbach & Kristen Schier) and Something Simple with Alex (Gross) & Frank (Farrell).
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Monologues at PHIT + Brought To You By…
Friday, October 2nd at 9pm / PHIT – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Phila, PA 19103 / Tix $10-$12

Two Shows, One Hour
One hour, two shows.
Filmed 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 Patric Ciervo (Patric Writes Sketches), Andrew Sigwart, and Paul Triggiani (Secret Pants/The Flat Earth).
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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 performers include Kathryn Amrhein (Barbara Bush), Jacquie Baker (The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie), Josh Higham, Billy Kontostergios, Shelia Masters, Jon Plester (Jon & Ian Have Something To Tell You), Charlie Shulman (People Say I’m Sketchy) and host, Dru Kramcsak.
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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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Sketch Comedy Shows in Philadelphia – September 14th through 20th

hosted by Nicole Yates
The Fighting Burrito Comedy Show at Kennett Flash
The Fighting Burrito Comedy Show goes on the road to Kennett Flash in Kennet Square, PA, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. Primarily a stand-up showcase, this month’s Flying Burrito Comedy Show features a performance from sketch group, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie. The show is hosted by Nicole Yates and also features comedians Eddie Finn, Rick Juliani, Chris Dolan, and headliner Jared Bilski!

Thursday, September 16th at Kennett Flash
Doors – 7:00pm / Show – 8:00pm
Tickets : Advance – $10 / Door – $12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Goats on ParadeGoat Rodeo wraps up their latest run of “Goats On Parade” with shows this Thursday & Friday. Opening the show, Hoagie Fist – a new sketch trio comprised of Ryan Birchmeier (Best Friends TV Show), Jake Mattera and Steve Swan (Dog Mountain).

Goat Rodeo is Christian Alsis (The Feeko Bros.), Dan Boldin, Dan Corkery (House of Solitude), Bill Flynn, Kristy Goldy (Youth Large), Jimi Haak, Chris McGrail (Hey, We’re Cool), Justin Miller, Kevin Pettit, Samantha Russell, Sue Taney, Zachary Uzupis and Aubrie Williams (Mani Pedi). Goat Rodeo is directed by Samantha Russell.

Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), 2030 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9:00pm – Thursday, September 17th / Friday, September 18th
 

Comedy Off The Rails
Night Trolley is Friday, September 18th at Johnny Brenda’s
It’s the final week of Philly Fringe Festival and the Night Trolley has arrived for a one-night only event at Johnny Brenda’s. Night Trolley is an experimental new variety comedy show, featuring performances from sketch group, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie as well as sketch writer/performers Matt Aukamp, Kate Banford, Joe Moore, Rose Luardo, Pat Reber and host/conductor Matthew Tsang.

Also performing comedians, Drew Castellano, Alyssa Al-Dookhi, Michael S. Watkins, Eddie Finn, Molly Hanulec, Robert Ecks, Sidney Gantt, Setoiyo Setoiyo, Alex Grubard, Charles Blyzniuk, Joe Bell, Rachel Fogletto, Hannah Trav, Jenna Kuerzi, Aaron Nevins and Phyllis Voren

Friday, September 18th at Johnny Brenda’s
Doors – 9:00pm / Show – 10:00pm
Tickets : Students/25 years-old and under – $10 / General Admission – $15
 
 
 
 
 

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.

Friday, September 18th
Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), 2030 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sign Ups – 11:00pm / Show – 11:55pm

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Sketch Comedy Shows in Philadelphia – September 7th through September 13th

It’s the beginning of September and in Philadelphia, that means it’s Philly Fringe Festival time! This year’s Philly Fringe Festival features the return of UArts and former Philadelphia residents, Tabitha Vidaurri and Alyson Goodman who will be premiering their new show, Teething Emotionalities : WOOF. This week also features the return of Philly Improv Theater Sketch House Team, Goat Rodeo with their brand new show, “Goats On Parade”. Goat Rodeo recently celebrated their acceptance into “Hell Yes Fest“, a comedy festival produced by The New Movement in New Orleans, LA. And don’t forget to check out episode two of Best Friends TV Show featuring a video from sketch group, Secret Pants.

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Teething EmotionalitiesThe Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere of Tabitha Vidaurri and Alyson Goodman-Goodybags’ series of comedic monologues chronicling the life lessons they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives. They will answer questions like, “Why does tragedy turn into comedy?” “What does it take to get clean?” “Do things really ever end?” “Who let the dogs out?” An official selection of the Philly Fringe Bike Tour! With video art by Rich Wexler. Directed by Jon Crane and Jason Messina.

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, West Philadelphia, 19104
Friday September 11th at 8pm
Saturday September 12th at 8pm

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Goats on ParadeGoat Rodeo premieres their new show, “Goats on Parade” Thursday and Friday of this week. Opening the show, the debut of Philadelaphia’s, The Burgandy Boys.

Goat Rodeo is Christian Alsis (The Feeko Bros.), Dan Boldin, Dan Corkery (House of Solitude), Bill Flynn, Kristy Goldy (Youth Large), Jimi Haak, Chris McGrail (Hey, We’re Cool), Justin Miller, Kevin Pettit, Samantha Russell, Sue Taney, Zachary Uzupis and Aubrie Williams (Mani Pedi). Goat Rodeo is directed by Samantha Russell.

Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), 2030 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Thursday, September 10th at 9pm
Friday, September 11th at 9pm

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Best Friends TV ShowHave you ever wished for a Philadelphia-based comedy program on your local cable outlet? Congratulations! You don’t have to look any further than Best Friends TV Show, a pop-up variety television show hosted by Steven Holland and Ryan Birchmeier, airing on Philadelphia’s PhillyCAM channel and the Internet.

BFTV is taped at different locations on a monthly basis in front of a live audience. Interested in seeing a show live? Come out to the taping of Episode Three this weekend featuring sketch group, Barbara Bush. But first, catch a video from sketch group, Secret Pants Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at 12:30am by tuning your Comcast Cable box (or DVR) to Channel 66 or Channel 966 or Verizon Channel 29 or Channel 30.
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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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Tickets Now Available for The Barbara Bush ‘Crossroads Comedy Festival’ Fundraiser with special guest, Nicole Yates

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Stand-up Comedian Nicole Yates
Philly Sketchfest is happy to announce tickets are now available for the October 11th Barbara Bush ‘Crossroads Comedy Festival’ Fundraiser show! Click on this link to visit our event page on TicketFly!

We equally excited to announce the addition of Nicole Yates to the show!

Nicole is a stand-up comedian and the host of the DidjaEat Podcast. She is also the co-creator and a producer of the Black Friday Comedy Marathon at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT).

www.yatesycomedy.com / @yatesy75

Sunday, October 11, 2015
The Playground at The Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom Street – 1st Floor to left of entrance
Philadelphia, PA 19103

$10 / doors open at 7:30pm
Tickets Now Available – PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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Sketch Comedy Shows in Philadelphia – Friday, September 4th

It’s Friday and you’re thinking sketch comedy. Of course you are. And what better way to validate your thoughts than to act on them by getting out of the house and going to a show!
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Monologues at PHIT + Brought To You By…
9pm at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19103

Two Shows, One Hour
One hour, two shows.
Filmed and edited sketches offer groups the ability to reach audiences outside of their locale while also opening up creative opportunities not available in a live format. However, apart from comment sections or reaction videos, the ability to receive immediate feedback from an audience is otherwise absent. That’s where Brought to you by… fills the gap; premiering new video sketches from Philadelphia-area groups in front of a live audience every first Friday at 9pm at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT). BTYB is hosted & curated by comedians Casey Hogan, Peter Danger (Szekeres), and Alex Coffey. The trio also integrate live material in-between videos, this month featuring comedian Drew Klemens. This month’s new videos are from Torvous, The Prince, Yes, Hello and Kris Hodge.
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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 performers include Tom Hannigan (Outside Voices), Dave Hill (PA), Courtney Painter (Dog Mountain/Barabara Bush), Brian Guay, Paul Reese, Teresa Nutter, Gene Meyer, Julia Hudson (Sweetish/Barbara Bush) and host, Dru Kramcsak.

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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Sketch Comedy Shows in Philadelphia – Thursday, September 3rd

Looking for something to do until tickets go on sale for our October 11th Barbara Bush show? Of course you are! Have no fear, Philly Sketchfest has some recommendations for sketch shows in Philadelphia that you can see while you wait.

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Hey, We’re Cool – The Sex Show
8pm at L’etage – 624 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

A logo for Hey, We're Cool tattooed on Pat Reber.
Tattos of Pat Reber on Pat Reber = Sex

Hey, We’re Cool, has long staked their reputation on being the sexiest comedy variety show in Philadelphia that takes place at a crêperie on the first Thursday of every month. This month, hosts Matt Aukamp & Pat Reber share that incredible sex appeal and invite you to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sex with the Hey, We’re Cool gang!
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Come for a night of sexy fun, sexy games, and sexy education! And if you are a person that does not like sex, you can still join them and see sketch comedy from Dog Mountain and Charlie Shulman. Also performing, comedian Robert Ecks, musician Riley O’Riley and a special appearance from Dr. Timaree Leigh, a licensed & certified sexologist.
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Iron Sketch – Battle Wheel
9pm at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19103
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The Chairman of Iron Sketch prepares to reveal the Battle Prop for Battle Chair.

Iron Sketch is a monthly sketch comedy show designed to provide aspiring comedic writers & performers opportunities to write & perform sketch comedy with the assistance of a dedicated mentor/director. Participants sign up in advance at ironsketch@phillyimprovtheater.com and each month, eight are chosen and randomly paired into two groups and given 30 days to write & perform 15 minutes of comedy for the pleasure of The Chairman and his audience. The catch? They have to incorporate The Chairman’s ‘Battle Prop’ of the month into their sketches.
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This month, Battle Wheel as two new sketch teams, mentored by Brian Kelly of Secret Pants, take the stage. Featuring ‘Cheese Wheel’ (Kate Boylan, Andrew Coppola, Emily Currier, Jesse Mumma) and “Good Wheel Hunting” (Matt Bethune, Kristopher Hodge, Teresa Nutter, Joseph Tuzzi). Special guest, Nicole Yates will also perform stand-up.

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The Barbara Bush ‘Crossroads Comedy Festival’ Fundraiser Show!

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The First Ladies of Comedy

Sunday, October 11th
The Playground at The Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom Street – 1st Floor entrance to left
Philadelphia, PA 19103
$10 / doors open at 7:30pm
tickets – AVAILABLE NOW

Join Philly Sketchfest and Barbara Bush for a night of comedy as they perform in preparation for their upcoming appearance at the Crossroads Comedy Festival in Indianapolis, IN.

Featuring stand-up from, Nicole Yates!

www.barbarabushcomedy.com / facebook.com/barbarabushcomedy / @Barbara__Bush

www.yatesycomedy.com / @yatesy75

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A New Website for Philly Sketchfest

Welcome to the new website of the Philadelphia Sketch Comedy Festival hereto forth known on this site as Philly Sketchfest. We also promise never to use the term “hereto forth” as well. That’s the phillysketchfest.com guarantee.

Philly Sketchfest’s (PSF) goal is to entertain audiences, support the growth of Philadelphia’s comedy community, and celebrate national and international sketch groups with unique shows, performers, and panels. PSF is also home to the annual Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia contest created by Don Montrey (ComedySportz Philly).

Philly Sketchfest was created in 2007 by Ben Maher and David Terruso & Matt Lally (Animosity Pierre) and celebrates a new monthly sketch comedy showcase in 2015 and it’s annual festival in 2016. Current producers include Maher, Brian Kelly (Secret Pants / Sketch Up or Shut Up) and Curt Riedy (High Dramma).

This website will serve as your direct link to all things Philly Sketchfest including times & dates of shows, performing groups and special features on all things related to sketch comedy in-and-around Philadelphia.

Our productions take place at The Playground of the Adrienne Theater (1st Door on the left when you enter) and our upcoming festival in April 2016 will also feature shows at Johnny Brenda’s.

To start, we already have some upcoming shoes that we think you should know about.

Barbara Bush performs October 11th in preparation for their appearance at the Cross Roads Comedy Festival in Indianapolis, IN.

Then, November 20th, The Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia returns to The Playground at the Adrienne. Care to share your filthiest thoughts with a group of strangers in the form of short plays? Fantastic, our submission form is live here until September 30, 2015. Line-up will be announced in October!

Thanks for visiting and check back soon for more information on our December 18th and our New Year’s Day Sketch Hangover show!

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