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

Q&A with Frank Farrell and Jamie Glasheen of The Prince

Tonight at 10:00pm, Philadelphia-based sketch comedy duo The Prince will debut their brand new show, “Whole Man, Whole Horse” directed by Maggy Keegan. Hosted by comedian Joe Bell and featuring guest performances from Julia Hudson (Barbara Bush/Sweetish), Sue Nelson (Barbara Bush) and Hunter Steffes (Big Baby Improv), this full length show serves as the duo’s largest and most ambitious production to date. Philly Sketchfest sat down with Frank Farrell & Jamie Glasheen of The Prince to discuss their origins, how they approach writing & performing sketch comedy, their influences and a little taste of what’s to come in tonight’s show Continue reading

Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – February 15th through February 21st

A very exciting week for us here at Philly Sketchfest. We have our February showcase taking place this Friday, February 19th with sketch from Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth and stand-up from Alyssa Al-Dookhi at 8:30pm and 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!

We’re also hard at work behind the scenes sending emails and updating our site in effort to release the names of the groups from Philadelphia & North America who have submitted and been accepted into this year’s 2016 Philly Sketchfest! Once they’re all sent out, we’ll update here. We’ll also be updating to let you know about our festival revue shows that feature both festival performers and up-and-coming local sketch groups! There is simply so much to do and so little time, so let’s get started by telling you about our February showcase at the Adrienne Theater Playground as well as sketch shows taking place all over Philadelphia this week…

Philly Sketchfest Presents – Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth with stand-up from Alyssa Al-Dookhi
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (1st Floor on left), Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, February 19th – Doors at 8pm and Show at 8:30pm / Tickets – $10
Template_11x17_vertPhilly Sketchfest is proud to host the two sketch groups who represented Philadelphia at this year’s Chicago Sketchfest, Spirit Animal & The Flat Earth. They’ll be performing their sets, in full from Chicago for this one-night only event! The entire block of comedy will be hosted by stand-up comedian, Alyssa Al-Dookhi who will also perfrom! Follow Alyssa on twitter @TheDookness and her website – thedookness.tumblr.com.

Spirit Animal is the quirky, reference-filled sketch comedy duo of Shannon DeVido & Kristin Finger!

The Flat Earth is a Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) Sketch House Team formed in 2012. They have been accepted into and performed at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (2015 & 2016), San Francisco Sketchfest (2015), and Toronto Sketchfest (2015 & 2016). The Flat Earth is Jacquie Baker, Vincent P. DiCostanzo, Rich Lee, Matthew Schmid, Molly Silverman, and Adam Siry. They are directed by Paul Triggiani (Secret Pants).

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Philly Sketchfest Presents – The Prince’s ‘Whole Human, Whole Horse’ with stand-up from Joe Bell
The Playground at Adrienne Theater – 2030 Sansom Street (1st Floor on left), Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, February 19th – Doors at 9:45pm and Show at 10:00pm / Tickets – $10
The Prince Whole Human Whole HorsePhilly Sketchfest is equally proud to host, The Prince for a full-length show entitled, ‘Whole Man Whole Horse’ directed by Maggy Keegan! Comedian, Joe Bell will be hosting the show and performing stand-up!

The Prince is a sketch comedy duo featuring Frank Farrell and Jamie Glasheen. They were accepted into and performed at the 2014 Philly Sketchfest and have also performed at ‘Hey, We’re Cool‘ at L’etage, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), and Good Good Comedy.

Joe Bell is a Philadelphia based comedian. He regularly performs stand-up and is the co-host of ‘Senior Pancakes Drunken Voyage,’ an audience-interactive, stand-up drinking game. He can also be seen performing live comedy as a part of various Good Good Comedy productions such as ‘Eat Your Beats’ and ‘Five Dollar Comedy Week.’ Joe is also an animator, producing shorts that can be seen monthly at ‘The Phone It In Film Festival‘ and his YouTube channel. Fore more, follow Joe on Twitter – @JoeBell. Continue reading

Sketch Comedy in Philadelphia – January 11th through January 17th

The new year brings with it the beginning of a new sketch festival season. The world’s largest sketch comedy festival, Chicago Sketchfest, began last week and continues through this Sunday featuring 165 groups, two of which are from Philadelphia; Spirit Animal and The Flat Earth. The Flat Earth will be performing two shows at Chicago Sketchfest’s Stage 773 with performances on Friday & Saturday night. Spirit Animal performed over the first weekend of Chicago Sketchfest and you can see them next as part of Philly Sketchfest Presents February showcase on Friday, February 19th at 8:30pm! We’re also happy to announce that sketch duo, The Prince will be headlining our 10:00pm showcase in February with their brand new show, ‘Whole Man Whole Horse.’ And don’t forget, the 2016 Philly Sketchfest takes place from Thursday, March 31st through Sunday, April 3rd and submissions are now OPEN through January 31, 2015. In the meantime, why not get your new sketches together and head out to this week’s only sketch show, Sketch Up or Shut Up – Philadelphia’s only sketch comedy open mic… Continue reading

2015 Year In Review – Frank Farrell of The Prince

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. Frank Farrell is one-half of the sketch duo, The Prince with fellow La Salle University graduate, Jamie Glasheen. In 2015, The Prince put up one of our favorite sketch sets of the year, a seemingly minimalist show set entirely in one location (the stage of a grade-school talent show) with barely any costume changes/props and no blackouts. The end result was quite complex. Frank & Jamie seamlessly alternated between characters (and on different nights, they would even trade roles) using single objects as totems/short-hand to communicate information to the audience that would be further revealed through their performance. They play students, teachers, parents, and at one point, Frank plays himself, translating the excitement and vulnerability that comes in attempting to define yourself while at the same time, being defined by others. You can and should enjoy The Prince this Friday night, on New Year’s Day, when they perform their first sketch of 2016 at our Sketch Hangover! Until then, please enjoy what Frank enjoyed in his 2015 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 7th through December 13th

While some of you might be lamenting that it’s already December, there is still a ton of sketch comedy to be had before the New Year (and our Sketch Hangover show on January 1st at 10pm). This week, it’s the return of Daring Daulton, The Prince and an anthology of sketches inspired by Start Wars from new duo, Wretched Hive (Jack O’Keeffe and Gab Thom). Continue reading

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.