Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – October 12th through October 18th

NYC Sketchfest at The PIT is this weekend and as we mentioned last week, Philadelphia will be represented by a plethora of groups. This week, musical sketch group Mean Wendy Band gets ready for their two shows at NYC Sketchfest with a local performance at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) with musical improv duo, Cat & Vegas and the Temple of Boom. Not to be outdone, musical sketch/90’s alt-rock cover band The Flannel Chucks are also back on stage. PLUS, a brand new show from PHIT Sketch House Team Dog Mountain with guests Adventure Friends, Sweetish at The Sideshow, and an opportunity for anyone to get their material on stage at Sketch Up or Shut Up. Continue reading

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.

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.