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. Nicole Yates is a stand-up comedian, co-creator of the Black Friday Comedy Marathon at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) and since 2010, the host of the popular ‘foodie’ blog and podcast, DidjaEat?. It would be an understatement to note that Nicole is a fan of sketch comedy. She has been instrumental in not only bringing Philadelphia stand-up and sketch comedians together but also their audiences. Whether she’s performing stand-up as an opener at sketch shows or featuring sketch writer/performers as guests on her Fighting Burrito Comedy shows, we’re extremely thankful for her support of sketch comedy as part of the Philadelphia comedy community. And if we know Nicole, she’ll likely in attendance tomorrow night, on New Year’s Day, to see 17 Philadelphia-based sketch groups perform their first sketch of 2016 at our Sketch Hangover! In the meantime, please enjoy Nicole’s look back at Philly sketch in 2015…
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!
Monologues at PHIT + Brought To You By…
9pm at Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) – 2030 Sansom St. (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
If you’re a comedian with an inclination to film and edit your material, email [email protected] 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 [email protected].