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!

Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – February 8th through February 14th

In one week, we’ll be announcing the line-up of performers, workshops and panels taking place at Philly Sketchfest 2016! Also next week, it’s Philly Sketchfest Presents’ February showcase with two shows taking place at the Adrienne Theater Playground on Friday, February 19th. First at 8:30pm, we’re celebrating the Philadelphia groups that made it into this year’s Chicago Sketchfest with Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth performing sketch and stand-up from Alyssa Al-Dookhi! Then at 10:00pm it’s a brand new set of sketch from The Prince entitled, ‘Whole Human, Whole Horse’ directed by Maggy Keegan with stand-up from Joe Bell! Check back on Monday for our festival line-up and check out below all the great sketch happening in Philly this week… Continue reading

2015 Year In Review – Patric Ciervo of Patric Writes Sketches and Until Pluto

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. Patric Ciervo is making it known that he writes sketch comedy. No, not just because the name of his group is Patric Writes Sketches, although that does help. Rather, Patric is carrying the weight of writing material for two distinctly different sketch groups; the aforementioned Patric Writes Sketches and Until Pluto, a narrative-driven, sketch comedy collaboration with writer/performer Peter Gerbron. It’s also proving quite successful for Patric. This year, Patric Writes Sketches was accepted and performed at NYC Sketchfest at The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT) and Until Pluto performed two new shows of brand new material; a sketch murder-mystery-who-done-it entitled, ‘Bill Melchior Is Dead’ at PHIT and a rewriting of history in ‘Still Not A Better World’ as part of Philly Sketchfest Presents. Patric’s dedication to the craft of sketch comedy is seen not only in his work ethic and output, but also in his support of the entire Philadelphia comedy community. His commitment is admired by his peers and his comedy is being enjoyed by audiences both in and outside of Philadelphia. Don’t miss your opportunity to see both of Patric’s sketch groups this Friday night, on New Year’s Day, when they perform their first sketches of 2016 at our Sketch Hangover! Please enjoy Patric’s 2015 sketch year in review… Continue reading

Q & A – Patric Ciervo & Peter Gerbron of Until Pluto

Fresh from their performance of their sketch-who-dunnit-murder-mystery, ‘Bill Melchior is Dead’, Until Pluto’s Patric Ciervo (Patric Writes Sketches) and Peter Gerbron have put together a new inter-connected set of sketches for your enjoyment entitled, ‘…Still Not A Better World’ which premieres tonight as part of Philly Sketchfest Presents’ December showcase featuring Cynthia Marie and host stand-up comedian, Alex Pearlman. Philly Sketchfest had the opportunity to chat with Patric & Peter before their show tonight at 10:00pm to talk about journeys through time, how they piece together their shows, and what’s next for them in 2016… 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.
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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 – November 16th through November 22nd

Before we get started with this week’s shows, Philly Sketchfest would like to congratulate The Flat Earth & Spirit Animal on their acceptance into the 2016 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Please join us in wishing these two groups all the best when they represent Philly this coming January. And there’s more to celebrate because it’s show week for us here at Philly Sketchfest Presents and we’ve got two big events planned for you on Friday, November 20th at The Playground of the Adrienne Theater. First, it’s Sweetish, Trout House and stand-up comedian Eddie Finn at 8:30pm and then at 10:00pm it’s our annual, Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia with special guest judges, FUCT from New York City. More details on our Friday shows as well as all of the sketch comedy Philadelphia has to offer this week below.> 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 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

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.