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.

PHILLY SKETCHFEST 2016 CLOSING NIGHT – COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTER

Tonight is CLOSING NIGHT of Philly Sketchfest 2016 and it all takes place at The Community Education Center (3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104)! Please join us and host Nicole Yates for more sketch comedy than is legally allowed in the great Quaker state of Pennsylvania featuring performances from – Until Pluto, Bad Medicine, Goat Rodeo (Philly Improv Theater), Hoagiefist, Baby Steps, Your Mom, Brick Penguin (Dojo Comedy-Washington, DC), Success 5000, The Don’t We Boys (Grand Rapids, MI), The Flat Earth (Philly Improv Theater), Mani Pedi, Secret Pants, Barbara Bush, 2 Humans (Toronto, Ontario) and a very special live podcast taping of ‘My First Sketch with Joshua Higham’ with Dave Hill, Pat O’Keeffe, Greta Wink and Your Mom. Also, we apologize for this inconvenience but Adventure Friends performance has been rescheduled for Friday, May 20th at 8:30pm at the Adrienne Theater Playground. Check out the details below or at our festival calendar here

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my first sketchPhilly Sketchfest 2016 – My First Sketch with Joshua Higham featuring Dave Hill, Greta Wink, Pat O’Keeffe and Your Mom
Community Education Center (CEC) – 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104Sunday, April 3rd at 4:00pm / Tickets – $10
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Philly Sketchfest Closing Night Show #1Philly Sketchfest 2016 – Until Pluto + Bad Medicine + Goat Rodeo
Community Education Center (CEC) – 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sunday, April 3rd at 5:00pm / Tickets – $10

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Philly Sketchfest Closing Night Show #2Philly Sketchfest 2016 – Hoagiefist + Baby Steps + Your Mom + Brick Penguin
Community Education Center (CEC) – 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sunday, April 3rd at 6:30pm / Tickets – $10

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Philly Sketchfest Closing Night Show #3Philly Sketchfest 2016 – Success 5000 + The Don’t We Boys + The Flat Earth
Community Education Center (CEC) – 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00pm / Tickets – $15

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Philly Sketchfest Closing Night Show #4Philly Sketchfest 2016 – Mani Pedi + Secret Pants + Barbara Bush + 2 Humans
Community Education Center (CEC) – 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00pm / Tickets – $15

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Can’t wait to see everyone tonight to close out Philly Sketchfest 2016! – Brian, Curt, and Ben!

PHILLY SKETCHFEST 2016 NIGHT TWO – THE PLAYGROUND AT ADRIENNE THEATER

Tonight is NIGHT TWO of Philly Sketchfest 2016! Please join us and hosts, comedians Hannah Trav (Ur Mom Is Funny), Eddie Finn (Laughs On Philly), and Chris Dolan at The Playground at Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103) for an absolutely insane amount of sketch comedy featuring performances from – Jon & Ian Have Something To Tell You, Meg Grunewald (Chicago, IL), The Don’t We Boys (Grand Rapids, MI), High Dramma, The Comic Thread (Chicago, IL), Girls With Brown Hair (UCB-NYC), The Prince, Pure & Weary (Chicago, IL), Brick Penguin (Dojo Comedy-Washington, DC), Patric Writes Sketches, Peggylouloulouloulou by Amanda Xeller, Bad Medicine and very special midnight PAY-WHAT-YOU-LIKE sketch comedy show called ‘Sketch-U-Bator’ featuring one-off sketches from a variety of this year’s festival performers! Check out the details below or at our festival calendar here

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Philly Sketchfest April 1st Show #1Philly Sketchfest 2016 – Jon & Ian Have Something To Tell You + Meg Grunewald (Chicago, IL) + The Don’t We Boys (Grand Rapids, MI)
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, April 1st – Doors at 6:45pm and Show at 7:00pm / Tickets – $10

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Philly Sketchfest April 1st Show #2Philly Sketchfest 2016 – High Dramma + The Comic Thread (Chicago, IL) + Girls With Brown Hair (UCB-NYC)
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, April 1st – Doors at 8:15pm and Show at 8:30pm / Tickets – $10

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Philly Sketchfest April 1st Show #3Philly Sketchfest 2016 – The Prince + Pure & Weary (Chicago, Il) + Brick Penguin (Dojo Comedy – Washington, DC)
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, April 1st – Doors at 9:45pm and Show at 10:00pm / Tickets – $10

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Philly Sketchfest April 1st Show #4Philly Sketchfest 2016 – Patric Writes Sketches + Peggylouloulouloulou (Magnet Theater/Annoyance Theater-NYC) + Bad Medicine (Washington, DC)
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, April 1st – Doors at 10:50pm and Show at 11:00pm / Tickets – $10

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Sketch-U-BatorPhilly Sketchfest 2016 – Sketch-U-Bator
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, April 1st – MIDNIGHT / Tickets – PAY WHAT YOU WILL

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Can’t wait to see everyone tonight. Don’t forget about all our shows and workshops! – Brian, Curt, and Ben!

The 2016 Philly Sketchfest – Performing Groups Announced!

Philly Sketchfest thanks everyone who submitted to the 2016 festival and congratulates the following sketch groups on their upcoming performances as part of Philly Sketchfest 2016! Continue reading