2015 Year in Review – Matthew Schmid of The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie and The Flat Earth

This week Philly Sketchfest will be taking a look back at the year 2015 through the eyes of the writers, performers, directors and producers that make sketch comedy in Philadelphia a reality. Matthew Schmid is one-half of sketch duo, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie and is a writer/performer for PHIT Sketch House Team, The Flat Earth. In 2015, Matthew toured across North America with The Flat Earth where they performed at the Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto Sketchfests. In November, The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie successfully defended their Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia title, becoming the event’s first, three-time winner. This Friday night, on New Year’s Day, both of Matt’s groups will perform their first sketches of 2016 at our January showcase, Sketch Hangover! But enough about Matthew… It’s time for you to enjoy what Matthew enjoyed about 2015 in his sketch year in review… Continue reading

Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – December 28th through January 3rd

This week marks both the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. With that in mind we’ve decided to celebrate both the old and new with two shows on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st as part of our Philly Sketchfest Presents January showcase. First at 8:00pm, it’s the American Breakfast Reunion Show with special guests, Your Mom. Then at 9:30pm it’s Sketch Hangover, an outright cavalcade of Philadelphia sketch groups as 17 troupes perform their first sketches of the year to kick off 2016. While these are the only two sketch shows in town this week, a rumor we’re starting right here has it that there will be an announcement of substantially sized proportions happening right here at www.phillysketchfest.com regarding the dates of March 31st through April 3rd. Until then, join us Friday night and BYOB for the following sketch shows… Continue reading

Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – December 14th through December 20th

This week is so full of sketch comedy shows in Philadelphia that it’s almost as if – Christmas came early/Hanukkah was extended/the Krampus didn’t bite off the appendages of your misbehaving child – this year. But before you get upset that I only noted the Christian, Jewish and Pagen gift giving holidays as metaphors… What’s that? It’s too late and you’re already upset? Okay, then we’ll just get to this week’s listings of sketch comedy in Philadelphia which features our own monthly Philly Sketchfest Presents showcases at The Adrienne Theater Playground including House of Solitude’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ featuring The Wire Mothers and host Jake Mattera at 8:30pm as well as Until Pluto’s “…Still Not A Better World” featuring Cynthia Marie’s Farewell Show and host Alex Pearlman at 10:00pm.
House of Solitude Until Pluto Combo

Before we get started though, don’t forget to congratulate PHIT Sketch House Team, Dog Mountain who have been accepted into the 2016 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival! Continue reading

Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – October 19th through October 25th

Dog Mountain with special guests, Your Mom
Philly Improv Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (2nd Floor)
Thursday, October 22nd – 9pm / Tix – $8 Advance & $10 Door
Friday, October 23rd – 9pm / Tix – $10 Advance & $12 Door
Dog Mountain presents No Cussin On The MountainDog Mountain closes out their latest show, ‘No Cussin’ on the Mountain’. This run is bittersweet as it marks the final show the group will have with original member, Rob Baniewicz, who is moving New York City to pursue his dream career as an Elmo impersonator in Times Square. Okay, that’s not totally correct. Continue reading

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 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.


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!
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.
Iron Sketch – Battle Wheel
9pm at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19103
photo courtesy Peter Rambo

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.
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.

Know about an upcoming sketch show? Want us to tell people about it? Send your listing to brian.kelly@phillysketchfest.com.