New weekday daytime class added and several FREE intro to improv workshops!

Do you want to take an improv class at PHIT, but your night time work or performance schedule keeps that from happening? Not anymore! Starting in the Winter 2014 class session, PHIT will offer its first weekday class! Aimed at people who operate outside the 9-5 life, the class will start on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 12:30-2:30pm. Longform improv is of particular use to actors as it will help you create unique characters for new shows or discover deeper levels for roles you may be taking on. Improv will also help you build up your confidence to stand in front of a crowd whether it’s for a performance on stage or a lecture at work. You’ll also meet great people!

There will also be a FREE Intro to Improv Workshop offered during the day! Monday, 12/23/13 from 12:30pm-2:30pm. So if you’d like to see what this whole improv thing is about and you couldn’t make our weekend or weeknight workshops- here’s your chance!

And for those of you with more flexible schedules we also have 3 more FREE Intro to Improv Workshop weeknight options. Each one is taught by one of our Winter session Improv 101 instructors. Each is ready for you to register!

If you already know that you’re interested in taking a class then you can enroll now! Our Winter 101 classes start the week of January 12th. If you enroll on or before 1/3/2014 you’ll save $50!

Any questions, please email classes@phillyimprovtheater.com.

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Save money on PHIT classes this weekend!

Asteroid_Production_001With PHIT’s Black Friday deal you don’t need to risk injury or even leave the house! Today, Friday, November 29th until 11:59pm we’ll be offering spots in our Improv 101 and Sketch 101 classes for our original price: $199! That’s $50 extra dollars on top of the early registration discount for a total of $100 savings (30% off) of the current regular registration price. Give the gift of laughter to yourself or someone you love!

We’re also offering a small gift to returning students. If you enroll in a 201 class or higher on Friday or Saturday we’ll send you a PHIT t-shirt in the mail, just in time for the holidays!

For Small Business Saturday and continuing through Cyber Monday we have one last deal – 10% off ALL classes ($225) and $5 off workshops!

I hope you’ll take advantage of these deals if you were planning to sign up for another class. We have several 101 classes starting in January, and a similar number of higher level classes – so there should be something that fits your schedule.

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving Weekend!

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Big PHIT Training Center Announcement!

MarbachSmallIn just over two months the Philly Improv Theater will have a permanent home in the Adrienne Theater. With the performance space now moving to the Adrienne it means that for the first time all classes and shows will be in the same building! For me this is especially exciting because students will be able to finish a class and see a show just feet away. That’s a great thing it’s not even the biggest thing I’m looking forward to for the Training Center in the coming year. This move brings many changes – including some for students that take classes. If you’re a student or potential student at PHIT I want to encourage you to keep reading…

Starting in January 2014 the Training Center will move to a system of sessions for all our classes. What this means is that all classes at the theater will start and end in roughly the one-week period, five times a year. Our five sessions will be:

Winter (starting mid-January)
Spring (starting mid-March)
Early-Summer (starting late May)
Late-Summer (starting early-August)
Fall (starting early-October)

Each session will have class shows that all take place in the same weekend, and PHIT will be able to have special activities for all students in a given session together (like end of session parties, field trips, etc.).

We will be offering more classes, electives, and workshops each session. There will be multiple sections for most classes (for example, we will offer five sections of Improv 101 and two sections of Sketch 101 in our Winter Session). This will make it easier for students to find a class that works for them because they’ll have more choices. It will also be easier to continue without a break from one level to the next, because the next Session will start a week or two after the prior session ends.

Some days and times of the week will offer classes in sequence across the entire year. So if you start an Improv 101 in the winter session on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., there will be a Monday 7:00 p.m. Improv 201 in the spring session, a Monday 7:00 p.m. Improv 301 in the early-summer session, and a Monday 7:00 p.m. Improv 401 in the late-summer session.

PHIT will now be offering weekly practice groups matched to your level of experience. These practice groups, called Improv 102, Improv 202 and Improv 302 will be two-hour drop-in classes that help reinforce the concepts you are learning in Improv 101, Improv 201 and Improv 301. And they won’t just be for students in the equivalent levels – anyone who is a current or former student in the matching level can take the classes, so you’ll be free to come back to Improv 102 for a week and brush up on basics if you’ve moved on. Our X02 classes will be free for students enrolled in any class or elective during the current session and students who are between classes will be able to come for a small fee – payable in cash at the door.

Making up classes will also be easier since we will now be able to offer you multiple make-up opportunities in the same week.

All of these changes are in addition to the updates we continuously make to our curriculum based on years of feedback from students, instructors and the many guests we host each year for workshops.

Along with these changes and all the new benefits they entail we are also going to be increasing class prices to $249 for early registration and $299 for late registration. This is the first time we have raised the prices for class at PHIT in 5 years and we will believe it’s a very good deal. A comparable class in town at The Walnut Street Theater (the only training center bigger than PHIT’s in Philadelphia) is $250. If you travel to Chicago for a class at The Second City or iO class prices are $280-$360, and in New York the classes range from $400-$475 at the UCB Theatre.

There’s a lot of work happening at the theater right now to prepare for the switch to sessions and I couldn’t be happier doing it. It’s all very good news for students and for the Philly comedy community overall. Thank you for continuing to come and play, audition and perform, and spread the word.

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Meet the New Hosts of “The Theme Show” – ManiPedi!

PHIT’s monthly “The Theme Show” pulls together sketches from local groups and creates one-of-a-kind shows that all relate to a specific theme, like this week’s upcoming show “Let’s Eat!” We asked the new hosts of the show, Philly super group ManiPedi, to answer a few questions about the show and what they’re bringing to the table. Here’s what they had to say for themselves…ManiPedi2013Big

PHIT: What attracted you to becoming the new hosts of The Theme Show?

ManiPedi: We were avid fans and regular performers on the show! Also, Brian Kelly asked us, and when Brian Kelly asks you to host Theme Show, you say “How high?” (Disclaimer: We are not actually high when we host the theme show, even though the next theme is “Let’s Eat!”)

PHIT: Are you hoping to change the show in any way or add new and exciting stuff?

ManiPedi: Any time we can eat stuff on stage, we will- so expect a lot of that! We also thought it’d be fun to make it more interactive, so we’ll involve the audience at times both during the show and hopefully in the near future with fun contests/games online!

PHIT: The Halloween edition of the show (The Rocky Horror Sketch Show) was a pretty awesome debut of your group as the new hosts. Will all of the shows be as over the top and crazy?

ManiPedi: Thank you! We love compliments! Everyone on the show brought their A-game, as they always do, and that has always made the show! And yes, there will be more over the top stuff- we wanted to make the RHTS especially interactive and campy for the movie, but we’ll keep up the production value and weirdness for all future Theme Shows!

PHIT: What are your thoughts about the sketch scene in Philly? Be brutal.

It’s the worst! SIKE! We love it- we are constantly inspired by all of the existing and new teams in the city, and all of us are even involved in other sketch endeavors (SHAMELESS PLUG TIME: Dog Mountain, The Flat Earth, Goat Rodeo, Local Holiday Miracle). Oh right, the people don’t want to hear that…so…dirt, dirt, garbage, disposal, truck. TRASH TALK!

PHIT: ManiPedi is like the first ladies of Philly sketch, and I’m sure you have a million fans. What’s the weirdest piece of fan mail you’ve ever received?

ManiPedi: Oooh, First Ladies! YES! That means we’re like the Bette Midler of Philly Sketch! Oh wait…that’s the First Wives Club…does Philly have a First Wives Club? If so, can we join without marrying people?

As for fan mail, we once received a mysterious statue that looked like all of us combined and it’s eyes glow red, and now none of us have souls.

PHIT: Any final thoughts or words of wisdom you’d like to leave our readers with?

ManiPedi: Never leave home without snacks, and always keep a full sheet cake in your car, should the occasion arise!

Check out our next Theme Show presents… Let’s Eat! this Friday at 10PM!

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Announcing Our New Improv House Team Casts and Current Team Updates!

RalphSmallAfter a weekend filled with hours of auditions and great performances by talented players, lists have been culled, decisions made, and PHIT is now proud to announce the casts for our three new Improv House Teams! The new teams will be:

Codename Frostfangs – Directed by Nick Mirra
Lizzie Burrows, Andrew Coppola, AJ Horan, Nicole Labrecque, Kevin Quirk, Raja Rajanathan, Sam Scavuzzo, Joe Tuzzi, Zach Uzupis

Codename Nymeria – Directed by Jessica Ross
Hannah Datz, Joe Gates, Jimi Haak, Derrick Hackett, Brendan Kingston, Danielle Klaiman, Jeff Kremzier, Rachel Semigran, Adam Steiger

Codename Highgarden – Directed by Caitlin Weigel
Rob Alesiani, Ronnie Clarkson, Tyler Garamella, Tom Hannigan, Robert O’Neill, Erin Pitts, Adam Siry, McGair Valois, Corin Wells

Congratulations to everyone cast on teams this time around! I know I speak for the PHIT Artistic Team when I say I’m pretty excited to see these teams debut on our new stage in January!

Also, exciting news for one of our existing House Teams! Mike Marbach, PHIT’s Education Director and director of former PHIT House Team Asteroid! will now be the new director for PHIT House Team The Future. Along with Mike, The Future welcomes new cast member Caitlin Weigel. Congrats to The Future, and good luck with your new members!

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to come out and audition this past weekend. We continue to be blown away by the talent here in Philadelphia, and a lot of that talent was on display at auditions. Please keep learning, growing, and performing. We look forward to seeing you at future rounds of auditions!

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Big PHIT Improv House Team News!

If you missed our FREE Improv Jam last night, you missed being the first to hear the big announcement. Our Tuesday Night Harold teams, Big Baby and Dr. Sleepover, have grown over this year and become amazing teams that have done such a great job making Tuesday nights a hit with not only audiences, but students and fellow performers. In light of all this, beginning in January of 2014 PHIT has decided to officially move these teams  and make them our newest Saturday Improv House Teams! They will join our existing Saturday teams to make Saturdays even more mind-blowing at PHIT.

Now, you may be asking yourself “Well, what about Harold Night? What’s going to happen to Tuesdays? Won’t someone PLEASE think about HAROLD NIGHT!?” First, take a breath. Second, we didn’t forget about Harold Night! The auditions we are holding this weekend will create three (!) new teams which will perform on Harold Night, and they will take up the torch to continue our great Harold night programming.

Join us in congratulating Big Baby and Dr. Sleepover on their great success!

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Scientists Predict Asteroid! to Break Up in Spectacular Nighttime Show This Saturday

After 3.5 years of traversing the solar system, their orbit bringing them closer and closer to the Earth, Asteroid! will finally enter our atmosphere and break apart in a spectacular show set to happen this Saturday at 7pm at The Shubin Theater. Local director/amateur astronomer Mike Marbach had this to say about this weekend’s events:

“I’m not known for being of few words, so I’ll just say I’m going to miss this team. Tremendously. Like… a lot. The love they have for each other and the fun they have with each other is evident on stage. In improv you’re supposed to make each other look good. They’ve made me look good for years now. They’ve done nothing but make me proud time and time again. I’m their biggest fan and I want to thank them for all the good times we’ve had both on stage and off. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something in my eye.”

Tickets are now on sale for this once in a lifetime event. Please click here for more info and tickets. And enjoy this short video made by Asteroid! member Caitlin Weigel.

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Meet Our New Directors!

PHIT is excited for our upcoming auditions on October 26th to cast three brand new Improv House Teams, and we wanted to formally introduce the three directors that will be taking the helm! They are talented, experienced performers, and will bring three fresh and interesting points of view to our House Team family.

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Nicholas Mirra was introduced to improv comedy at Haverford College when a UCB harold team came to campus. After that galvanizing experience, he joined Haverford’s The Throng and began learning the art of collaborative make-em-ups. After Haverford he moved to Philadelphia, where he co-founded (and performed in – otherwise that would be sad) two indie teams, Illegal Refill and Leo Callahan. Nicholas is currently a member of PHIT Improv House Team Davenger. Outside of improv, Nicholas is a freelance sports contributor for The Onion and maintains a long distance relationship with the Seattle Mariners.

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Jessica Ross attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts at G.C.I.T in 2004 and received her B.A in Theater with a minor in Anthropology from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009. In the summer of 2011 she graduated from the IO Summer Intensive Program in Chicago. Jessica performs regularly with the PHIT house team Asteroid!, voted Best Improv Team by the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy, and the improv duo Hot Dog with Luke Field. Past improv shows include Stage Fright: An Improvised Homage to Hitchcock, Twenty-four, Adrift, and Myths & Monsters. Jessica is also a member of PHIT’s first sketch house team, The Flat Earth and indie sketch team ManiPedi. Past festival appearances include the Philadelphia Improv Festival, Philly Fringe Festival, Duofest, F. Harold Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Toronto International Improv Festival, The Del Close Marathon, the Chicago Improv Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and the Baltimore Improv Festival. She has studied with Rich Talarico, Barry Hite, Jet Eveleth, Susan Messing, Brett Lyons, Joe Bill, and Lyndsay Hailey and received the Best Female Improviser Award at the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy. Offstage, Jessica likes to paint, travel, and work towards her life goal of becoming a cat lady by spending time with her kitties Black Betty Bam-a-Lam and JoJo. Jessica is currently Philly Improv Theater’s Variety Producer.

CaitlinWeigel_color(small)Caitlin Weigel

Caitlin is a proud member of the PHIT house team, Asteroid! A graduate of the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg, Caitlin began improvising with her college performance team, Fowl Play, in her sophomore year at Temple University as a way to curb her marathon napping habits. While at Temple, Caitlin was the headwriter for the student-run sketch show, Temple Smash, which airs on TUTV. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys hot gluing things to other things, planning theme parties, and incorporating goat cheese into every meal.

Please join us in welcoming these three great performers into their new roles! Click here to read more about our upcoming auditions.

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A Fond Farewell to Hot Dish and ZaoGao

It’s always sad when a team’s run comes to a close, and this weekend, two of PHIT’s Improv House Teams will be retiring with a final farewell show. Hot Dish (directed by Steve Kleinedler) and ZaoGao (directed by Kristen Schier) will be ending their runs, and we asked the directors for their thoughts about their teams. Here’s what they said…

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“Working with Hot Dish has been a great joy: the cast is funny, fearless, and just the right amount of raunchy — they live up to their name, and there’s never been a dull moment. I’m immensely proud of all of them.”
– Steve Kleinedler

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“I don’t have children but ZaoGao is as close as you can get without giving birth. I love them desperately. Each and everyone of them. They have really formed an ensemble out of such unique and talented performers and have truly grown into a team. I have a lot of favorite moments but the one I missed will haunt me – the cartwheel with Billy during their first fringe run was legendary. They have made me so proud, so immensely proud and I am happy we get to celebrate them.”

– Kristen Schier

The teams will perform one last time this Saturday night, October 12th at 10:00 p.m., followed at 11:00 p.m. by a farewell celebration at Bainbridge Street Barrel House (6th and Bainbridge street). Please come and say goodbye to two great teams! Tickets are on sale now.

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SAVE THE DATE: PHIT IMPROV HOUSE TEAM AUDITIONS OCTOBER 26, 2013!

RalphSmallPHIT will once again be looking for Philly’s best and brightest improvisers this fall, as we expand our performance opportunities in the PHIT House Team program by adding multiple new ensembles of 8-10 players each which will premiere in PHIT’s new permanent home in January 2014! Further details on auditions are below. First round auditions will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10am – 5pm. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 1pm – 4pm. Please hold both of these dates if you are interested in being cast!

Auditions will be held at Philly Improv Theater @ The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Auditioners should have taken and completed at least Improv Level 201 in the PHIT curriculum within the last calendar year. Those auditioning who have completed PHIT Improv Level 201 longer than a calendar year ago will be considered on an individual basis.

You must be available for the audition times to be considered. No other audition times are available.

 ON THE DAY OF THE AUDITION:
Auditioners will be seen every 30 minutes in groups of 6-10. Auditioners do not need to prepare anything in advance. The audition will be entirely improvised. You will be asked to participate in a few short group exercises and will then perform two short scenes.

Auditioners should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Resumes are not required but will gladly be accepted. Please bring a headshot with you. If you don’t have headshots, a recent snapshot will suffice.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION TIME. There will be a short questionnaire for you to complete prior to your scheduled audition time.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION:
Sign-ups begin immediately. To secure an audition time please email your name, phone number, and a preferred time (if any) to:
contact@phillyimprovtheater.com

You will receive a confirmation message within two (2) business days – for example, if you contact us on Monday you’ll hear from us by Wednesday, or if you contact us on Friday, you’ll hear from us by the following Tuesday). We will accept sign-ups until no audition times remain. All specific audition times are first-come-first-served.

There are no alternate times. If you are not available for these audition dates and times, please do not email or call to ask for an exception – you simply will not be able to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, you must sign-up for one of our announced time slots.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Send us an email (get our email address from the contact page of the site or the paragraphs above).

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Asteroid! presents B-Movie is back this October!

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After over 3 very fun years, the team known as Asteroid! will be coming to an end. The Asteroid! is breaking up and this performance will be their final as a PHIT house team.

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Join PHIT Improv House Team Asteroid! as they bring back their successful fall production, The B-Movie! This fully improvised show celebrates the fun of the low budget film genre of the 50’s with an hour long double feature inspired by suggestions from the audience. Mutated 50 ft. ants? Creatures from a forgotten lagoon? Armies of the undead in space? You could see all of these and more at B-Movie! Grab your tickets now!

TWO WEEKS OF SHOWS!
CLICK AND JOIN THE SHOW YOU ARE ATTENDING!

10/17 @ 7pm: http://goo.gl/Q3YNzf
10/18 @ 7pm: http://goo.gl/BLal6e
10/19 @ 7pm: http://goo.gl/0i2NBh
10/19 @ 11pm: http://goo.gl/1vOaLf
10/20 @ 4pm: http://goo.gl/bdE1yf
10/24 @ 7pm: http://goo.gl/HpO5zK
10/25 @ 7pm: http://goo.gl/ywlTBA
10/26 @ 7pm: http://goo.gl/K09Brp

Looking for a fun, low cost, family friendly way to celebrate the Halloween season? Then look no further than Asteroid!’s Improvised B Movie. Run for your lives… to see this show!

Audience members can bring their own beverages to enjoy during the show. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online for a discount at phillyimprovtheater.com.

 

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Canada by Cambridge Footlights

The internationally-famous Cambridge Footlights bring their Edinburgh Fringe show CambridgeFootlightsCanada_Promotional_Imageacross the pond! The Footlights’s new show, Canada, is their sharpest and most ambitious yet. Surely a must-have ticket, don’t miss your chance to see the “most renowned sketch troupe of them all.” (The Independent.)

This is an extremely exciting year for the Footlights, as the club celebrates its 130th anniversary. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the first touring Footlights show in America, Clump of Plinths. Comprising John Cleese, Eric Idle, Bill Oddie and Graham Chapman among others, this show went on to perform on Broadway and form the basis of Monty Python. After the show transferred to Broadway in 1963, enjoying enormous success, the Footlights tour has maintained a superb reputation in the United States. This year will focus in particular on the scope of its ambition and range of venues at which it is performed in the USA.

Canada by Cambridge Footlights runs through the following dates:

Tuesday, September 10 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, September 11 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 12 – 9:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here for ticket information and reservations.

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Alley of Nightmares

(Philadelphia, PA) July 15, 2013 – Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) is proud to announce AlleyofNightmares_Promotional_Image“Alley of Nightmares” as part of their line-up for the 2013 Fringe Festival. “Alley of Nightmares” is an hour-long, live sketch comedy show inspired by classic horror anthologies of the last fifty years (The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow). The show is hosted by a ghastly ghoulie, The Gatekeeper, who guides the audience through a labyrinth of hilariously horrifying sketches tackling a range of spine-chilling topics from alien invasion to killer psycho clowns. The show, which was created by Rob Baniewicz (Meg & Rob, Camp Woods, Dog Mountain) and Paul Triggiani (Secret Pants, The Flat Earth, Fuse TV’s Munchies), features the writing and performing talents of an all-star team of Philadelphia comedians. “Alley of Nightmares” promises to be so enjoyable that you’ll enjoy yourself… to death!

Alley of Nightmares features:

The Gatekeeper (Host)
Christian Alsis (Writer)
Rob Baniewicz (Co-Creator/Writer/Performer)
Jacqueline Baker (Performer)
Dan Corkery (Performer)
Luke Field (Writer)
Doogie Horner (Writer)
Chris McGrail (Perfomer)
Sam Narisi (Writer)
Matt Schmid (Writer/Performer)
Andrew Stanton (Performer)
Kaitlin Thompson (Performer)
Paul Triggiani (Co-Creator/Writer)

Alley of Nightmares runs through the following dates:

Thursday, September 19 – 10:30 pm
Friday, September 20 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 – 10:30 pm
Sunday, September 22 – 5:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here for ticket information and reservations.

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Study Hall

Spontaneous comedy from brutally honest science. Drexel professor Michael Yudell will Fringe2013Scrapple4x6Frontexploit every ounce of his tenure to share subjects from impregnation to parasitic strategy, and senior PHIT comedy team Asteroid! will use their every impulse to warp each lecture into ribald sketches. A favorite of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival!

Study Hall runs through the following dates:

Thursday, September 19 – 7:00 pm
Friday, September 20 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 22 – 7:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here for ticket information and reservations.

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Movie Scrapple

Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) announces the premiere of MOVIE SCRAPPLE, a live movie Fringe2013Scrapple4x6Frontriffing event, during this year’s Philly FringeArts festival in September.

Movie Scrapple is a stage show that looks at some of the strangest and most offbeat films Hollywood has made with live running commentary from local Philadelphia comedians. The FringeArts run will feature the infamous 1959 Ed Wood film “PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE”, widely considered to be the worst movie ever made.

Commenting on the film will be comedians Joe Coughlin, Shannon DeVido, D.C. Fisher, Brian Kelly, and Cara Schmidt with additional written material from Mike Butler and Alex Vogelsong. The show is directed by Joe Coughlin and produced by Kristen Schier.

“I’ve long been a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000,” said Movie Scrapple director and host Joe Coughlin. “Movie Scrapple is our tip of the hat to that legendary show, while still having a very Philly sensibility. People love bad movies and have always wanted to talk back to the screen, so we’re going to do it for them live!”

Movie Scrapple runs through the following dates:

Friday, September 6 – 11:59 pm
Friday, September 13 – 11:59 pm
Friday, September 20 – 11:59 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here for ticket information and reservations.

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Reasonable Doubt

Fringe2013Doubt4x6FrontCrime is afoot! Watch as our cast plans, perpetrates, and prosecutes a felony chosen by the audience. The performers will be judges, attorneys, defendants, and more as they improvise a trial while simultaneously exploring the scene of the crime. Will justice be served or will the guilty walk free?

Reasonable Doubt is an hour-long improvised crime show. Based on a suggestion from the audience, a team of actors will create a world full of victims and innocent bystanders, unaware that among their ranks is at least one criminal. While they may think this is an ordinary day like any other, that villain is about to change their lives and community forever. In addition to depicting the crime itself, the actors will take on the roles of judge, attorney, and witness as they conduct a criminal trial and attempt to bring the offender to justice. As the actors switch back and forth from courtroom to crime scene, they will examine and explore the same event from multiple perspectives, revealing the biases, limitations, and gaps in knowledge of each observer. The storylines will develop and intersect spontaneously, creating dishonest witnesses, burgeoning conspiracies, and unexpected heroes.

Reasonable Doubt runs through the following dates:

Thursday, September 12 – 10:30 pm
Friday, September 13 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, September 14 – 10:30 pm
Sunday, September 15 – 5:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here for ticket information and reservations.

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Matt&

In Matt&, Philly improv comedian Matt Holmes pulls an unwitting stranger from the Fringe2013Matt4x6Frontaudience as his partner, gets the rest of the audience to yell out a word of inspiration for the show, and performs an unplanned, unscripted improv comedy show.
More information is available at www.MattAndImprov.com.

Matt& was called a “Must-See” by Philadelphia Weekly, “double-death-defying” by CityPaper, “playful and winning” by TimeOut Chicago, and selected as an AV Club Philadelphia Pick.

“I don’t know what will happen,” says Holmes. “Every show is different, because I’m always performing with a different person. I’ve had audience members that play along, some that take a little while to loosen up. I’ve been forced to sing, do ‘the worm,’ make up a poem, sumo wrestle. I’ve had partners abandon the stage, and I’ve had partners blow everybody away with some clever joke or weird take on something.”

Matt& runs through the following dates:

Thursday, September 12 – 7:00 pm
Friday, September 13 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 – 7:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here for ticket information and reservations.

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Fresh Laughs!

Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) is proud to announce “Fresh Laughs” as part of their line-up Temp4x6 cofor the 2013 Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival. “Fresh Laughs” is a multi-night event featuring three brand new PHIT House Teams performing long form improv comedy. The teams will take a suggestion from the audience and, without any scripts or preparation beforehand, will craft an hour-long comedy show. Sometimes sweet, sometimes touching, but always funny, “Fresh Laughs” is guaranteed to be a highlight of this year’s festival.

“Fresh Laughs” will feature the following PHIT House Teams:

Big Baby is a Philly Improv Theater Harold team formed in 2013. Big Baby summons the forces of comedy to explore every day concepts and find the truly unique, bizarre, and funny things happening in the world around us. The team also enjoys the finer things in life, like extended nap time and being cooed at by strangers. Big Baby is directed by Alex Newman.

Dr. Sleepover features a rather large cast of high energy and character driven improvisers. Watch them explore motion, emotion, and commotion. Yeah! Dr. Sleepover is directed by Rob Gentile.

The Future features seasoned performers and improv new-comers alike working together to create an engaging storytelling experience through solid, thoughtful scene work. Starting from the position that improv is not only comedy, but theater and an art form in its own right, the ensemble delivers a comedy experience that is theatrical, touching, witty, and intelligent. The Future is directed by Ralph Andracchio.

Fresh Laughs runs through the following dates:

Dr. Sleepover:
Monday, September 9 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 10 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 11 – 7:00 pm

Big Baby:
Monday, September 16 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 17 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18 – 7:00 pm

The Future:
Monday, September 16 – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, September 17 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18 – 9:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: Cart Before the Horse

All good things come in threes – Stooges, Back to the Futures, Circus Rings – and now Fringe2013Cart4x6FrontPhilly Improv Theater sketch house teams!  Goat Rodeo, PHIT’s third sketch comedy house team, will debut their show “Cart Before the Horse” during the 2013 Fringe Festival.  The new house team features The Feeko Brothers’ Christian Alsis as head writer and Secret Pants’ Samantha Russell as director.  The talented writing staff of Goat Rodeo includes a mix of Philadelphia sketch comedy veterans and some new to the scene.   Promising to be a highly energetic and fun experience, “Cart Before the Horse” is most definitely a show not to be missed!

Cart Before the Horse runs through the following dates:

Thursday, September 5 – 10:30 pm
Friday, September 6 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, September 7 – 10:30 pm
Sunday, September 8 – 5:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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2013 FRINGE Spotlight: The Party

Philly Improv Theater invites you to The Party. Come see the inner workings of a fully Temp4x6 coimprovised celebration, as some of Philly’s most skilled comedians explore awkward social situations inspired by the audience’s suggestion with hilarious results.

PHIT continues a premiere Season that was kicked off by The Bat in May, with the exciting offering of The Party. The show is being directed by long time PHIT performer instructor and current Season Producer Kristen Schier. The cast of includes some of Philly Improv Theater’s talented house-team members as well as up and coming comedians making their debut on PHIT’s stage.

“The cast has such a wonderful way of finding the hilarity of awkward social gatherings. They create such fantastically rich characters. Everyone should see this show”  – Kristen Schier

The Party runs through the following dates:

Thursday, September 5 – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 6 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 7 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 – 3:00 pm
Friday, September 13 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 – 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 19 – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 20 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, September 22 – 3:00 pm

The Adrienne Mainstage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

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