Since taking over as Acting Artistic Director in June of 2017 change has been the norm at Philly Improv Theater. Between final performances, debut nights, shows moving days or times, one offs and short runs, festivals and other special events- there’s so much going on it can sometimes be tough to keep track of if you don’t have 5 calendars and multiple spreadsheets. With that in mind I’m aiming to start posting monthly updates on changes to our schedule that everyone should be aware of. Though June is almost behind us already there’s still a lot worth noting. Please be sure to check out all of the below shows whether you can see them once, regularly, or for the last time:
The Future Presents: The Five Year Anniversary Show!
Monday, 6/18 @ 9:00 p.m.
The Future has been an improv team that has been performing at PHIT for the better part of five years now. Started in the bottom of the Shubin now they here. Come celebrate with us tonight at 9:00 p.m. There are only a handful of tickets available!
Fight Call: A Sketch Comedy Stunt Show Spectacular
Thursday 6/21 and Friday 6/22 @ 8:00 p.m.
Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, and The Princess Bride are movies fondly remembered for having a balance of both sidesplitting, rolling on the floor comedy and explosive, jaw dropping action! This summer a brand-new blockbuster is coming to a comedy venue near you! Fight Call! is a sketch comedy show that features some of the sharpest comedy as well as a few sharp blades! This show comes to life with daring sword duels, gritty fist fights, and hysterical slapstick. Each sketch is filled with high energy scenarios written by a team of the best comedy writers the city of Philadelphia has to offer, action packed sequences designed by a real-life fight choreographer, expertly acted by some of the most talented performers in the city. Audiences will be treated to a high-octane hour of comical sketch comedy with fast paced action live on stage!
THE 2018 PHILADELPHIA PODCAST FESTIVAL
Phily Improv Theater is proud to once again be a venue for the Philadelphia Podcast Festival and will be hosting several podcasts. Tickets now available for all the below shows!
Saturday, 6/23 @ 12:00 p.m.
Appointment Television is a podcast about the TV you want to make time for. Margaret, Kathryn, and Andrew will revisit old shows, discover new ones, and debate everything from highbrow dramas to episodes of The Bachelor.
Saturday, 6/23 @ 1:30 p.m.
A podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Updates Mondays. While Andrew and Craig believe the joy of discovery is crucial to enjoying any well-told tale, they will not shy away from spoiling specific story beats when necessary. Plus, these are books you should have read by now.
Saturday, 6/23 @ 3:00 p.m.
Black Tribbles is the flagship show of the Black Tribbles Network. It covers geek culture from an distinctly African American POV, promoting inclusion, positivity and a really good time!
We Got This!
Saturday, 6/23 @ 5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Every week, Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin take the dumb issues in life that people care strongly about and settle the argument once and for all. No topic is too small or insignificant for them to dissect and decide! Whatever minutiae you argue with friends and family, don’t worry: We Got This.
How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?
Sunday, 6/24 @ 4:00 p.m.
A weekly drunk movie review podcast hosted by Joseph Lomas and Mike King. Every week they get drunk on a different beer/liquor and review a new movie. The result is part comedy, due to their inebriation, and part serious review, as they both share a deep interest in the film industry.
Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast
Sunday, 6/24 @ 5:30 p.m.
Stark Raven Mad is a Game of Thrones podcast featuring a panel of Philly comedians. We got you covered with episode recaps, reviews, news, theorizing, awards, arguing, and a ton of other fun stuff. Walk with us through Westeros and laugh along the way.
Andrew Makes A Case
Sunday, 7/1 @ 5:30 p.m.
Case is bad movie podcast that celebrates the best aspects of bad movies. Host, Andrew Nealis must make an argument on the redeeming qualities of the episodes film as co-host Tom Hannigan doesn’t have like a damn thing about it. If Andrew can’t make a case 5 times, the show gets cancelled. So strap your earbuds in and enjoy the terrible films by proxy.
The Flat Earth Presents: King Dumb
Friday, 6/22 & Saturday 6/23 @ 9:00 p.m., Friday, 6/29 & Saturday, 6/30 @ 9:00 p.m.
The Flat Earth is taking a break from touring the world to put up a show on their home turf! You have four chances to see “King Dumb” here at PHIT, which is your first chance to see The Flat Earth here at PHIT since last summer!
Cards of Destiny
Wednesday, 6/27 @ 7:30 p.m.
The closest thing to a party you’ve ever seen in an improv show! A team of improvisers will each pick one card at a timerepresenting a unique challenge. The audience decided if they go on to the next round. Dylan +1 – Founder of The Backline Comedy Theatre and the Omaha Improv Fest performs an entire show that is organic (cage-free!) in its form and with an audience member who has preferably never done improv before.
For My People
Thursday, 6/28 @ 7:00 p.m.
For My People is a comedy game show that tests your cultural aptitude, makes you feel uncomfortable, and keeps you in stitches all at once. The game pits two marginalized groups against each other, for an opportunity to face The White Dudes. Hosted by stand-up Kat Mosley. Kat chooses matchups from the cultural controversies in her Facebook feed. There is no shortage. For My People is high intensity diversity training: stereotypes and prejudices are exposed; an ally drops in to reflect with the host; contestants are invited to disclose triggers; and there is real-time recognition of on-stage inequity. Comedians learn, teach and laugh their way off the rails, taking the audience with them.
Study Hall: Improv Comedy Inspired by College Lectures
Saturday, 6/30 @ 7:00 p.m.
One of the longest running shows at PHIT is back from its hiatus for its first show since March! Join Drexel University Professor Michael Yudell and special guest Amy Bass (NPR) as they lecture on a variety of topics and the cast of Study Hall weave them into hilarious scenes on the spot.
Last Show: Saturday, 6/23 @ 10:00 p.m.
Saturday Night Improv House Team, Dutch, will have their last show on Saturday, June 23rd at 10pm. Come on out and help send Dutch (Codename Elevensies) to the undying lands.
Last Shows: Tuesday June 19th & June 26th @ 7:30 p.m.
The Sideshow, hosted by Shannon Fahey, will be wrapping up its limited run at the end of this month. Shannon has done an amazing job gathering a wide variety of talent to create each show. Could be a little while before the The Sideshow is back, so be sure to get out to the final two shows!
Last Show: Sunday, June 24th @ 8:00 p.m.
CORE has been part of our Sunday schedule for a several years and has been a great opportunity for students of our training center to get both more experience and some more stage time. They’ve had the opportunity to practice improv formats and play with some great PHIT company members. Thank you to Meredith Weir, Keyleigh Liggit, James Knight and all the others that helped keep this show going. Please come out and support the final CORE.
Rockefeller and (IN SPACE)
Last Shows: Wednesday June 20th & 27th @ 9:00 p.m.
For the last 6 months these two fantastic teams have anchored Wednesday nights. Come out and support them in their final two shows of their run!
The Dean’s List
Last Show: Sunday, 7/1 @ 8:30 p.m.
This technically isn’t until July, but after a five year run The Dean’s List will be ending its time on Sundays. Deans List has been another great chance for students to get stage time and to improvise with their instructors. The final show will occupy the full hour block on 7/1 @ 8:30 p.m. Thank you Joe Tuzzi and Steve Kleinedler for keeping this supportive and welcoming show going these many years.
That’s all for now. These updates are in addition to our regular shows that we have going on seven days a week, so be sure to check out our shows calendar. I’ll be back in a week or so with news of what’s coming, going, or moving in July. Spoiler alert: There’s a lot. Like a whole lot.