Philly Improv Theater

It’s time again for the Philly Improv Theater’s run of shows at the Shubin Theater!  PHIT has been on fire recently as they just crushed their fundraising goal with five days remaining (and you can still donate by visiting their Kickstarter page)!  This is a very promising start for the ambitious $50,000 goal they have set and a great step towards opening their own space and having shows every day of the week.  In the meantime, PHIT is still producing fantastic improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy shows at the lovely Shubin Theater.  Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Wednesday, June 30th, 8pm – The Bully Pulpit

Local comedian Luke Giordano hosts this podcast/live comedy panel talk show.  Four stand-up, sketch, and improv comedians gather on stage to discuss and debate a wide varray of topics with hilarious results!  Admission is $10.

Thursday, July 1st, 8pm – M@& and Friends

You can read all about this show in an article I wrote last week.  Matt Holmes performs a completely improvised show with an unsuspecting audience member.  This show will also feature another improv group and it all costs just $10!

Thursday, July 1st, 9:30pm – Angry People Building Things and Friends

Angry People Building Things are a local improv group and boy are they angry!  They ask “What makes you angry?” and turn your anger into rage-filled hilarity.  The show also includes another group and costs $10.

Friday, July 2nd, 8pm – Deconstructing Steve and Leo Callahan

Deconstructing Steve is a three-person group formed for this year’s Troika competition.  The performers each represent a different piece of the mind of Steve, a normal guy with an active brain.  Leo Callahan is a local improv group who’ve been performing a ton around town recently.  They bring shockingly fresh long-form improv to the stage.  Admission is $10.

Friday, July 2nd, 9:30pm – King Friday and Friends

King Friday is a PHIT house team and one of the funniest groups in the city.  Not only are they tearing it up in Philadelphia, they will soon be performing at the Del Close Marathon in New York.  Exciting!  This show also features another group and admission is $10.

Saturday, July 3rd, 6pm – Storytelling Graduation Show

Students from Kevin Allison’s recent Storytelling class will be displaying their newly acquired talents.  Check out the product of PHIT’s growing education program.  Admission is $5.

Saturday, July 3rd, 8pm and 9:30pm – Kevin Allison’s Sketch Comedy Spectacular

Kevin Allison of MTV’s sketch show The State has been traveling from New York to teach at PHIT for several years now.  These shows are a graduation performance for his recent Writing a Sketch Comedy class and they will be premiering their very own show of original material.  Admission to each show is $10.

Monday, July 5th, 8pm – The Moops

The Moops are PHIT’s supergroup of long-form improv comedy.  They collect the most experienced improvisers in the city to perform the Armando, the same form as the insanely popular ASSSSCAT show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.  A monologist tells true stories that inspire completely improvised scenes that will never be seen again.  Admission is $10.

Wednesday, July 7th, 8pm – Guilty Pleasures

Do you love movies that are “so bad they’re good?”  If so, then you’ll love this show!  Comedian Brendan Kennedy is a lightning rod for anything that is terribly written and presents it each month in all its hilarious glory!  Admission is $10.

Thursday, July 8th, 8pm – Hey Everybody!

Host Aaron Hertzog brings his fellow comedian friends on stage for a night of fantastic stand-up.  This is a great opportunity to see some of the funniest comedians in the city!  Admission is $10.

Thursday, July 8th, 9:30pm – CAGEMATCH: Stranger, Danger vs The Ones Your Mothers Warned You About

TWO TEAMS ENTER! ONE TEAM LEAVES!  Cagematch is PHIT’s equivalent of Thunderdome.  Two improv groups perform and then the audience decides which one wins.  This month features reigning champs The Ones Your Mothers Warned You About going up against the new duo Stranger, Danger.  Admission is $10.

Friday, July 9th, 8pm – CUBED and Rookie Card

CUBED is an affiliate group of PHIT and they turn the mundane into the hilarious!  The duo performs in trapped in a cubicle and relies a lot on audience suggestions.  It’s a very interactive and fun show!  Rookie Card is one of the hardest working improv groups in the city.  Not only do they perform every month at the Raven Lounge, they will also be seen this year at the Del Close Marathon and the Philly Fringe Festival.  Two great groups for just $10!

Friday, July 9th, 9:30pm – Fletcher and Friends

Fletcher is a PHIT house team and the hottest team in the city.  They are some of the freshest and most talented improvisers and they will also be representing Philadelphia at the Del Close Marathon!  Fletcher always puts on an amazing show and should not be missed.  Admission is $10.

Saturday, July 10th, 8pm – Bare Hugs and WALT!

This show is a great example of the high quality of talent coming through PHIT’s education program.  Bare Hug met in Kevin Allison’s sketch writing workshop.  WALT! met in a recent level 3 improv class and have continued working together outside the classroom.  This is a great opportunity to catch the up and coming stars of sketch and improv comedy in the city.  Admission is $10.

Saturday, July 10th, 9:30pm – Epsilon Faction and Activity Book

Epsilon Faction is one of the newest improv groups in the city, premiering at PHIT last month.  They are opening for PHIT house team Activity Book, a very fun and playful group that puts on a great show.  Activity Book will also be performing at the Del Close Marathon this year (that’s 3 for 3 for PHIT’s house teams!).  Admission is $10.

Sunday, July 11th, 6pm – Emily Davis’ Improv Level 1

This is a graduation show for PHIT’s education program.  If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to take an improv class with PHIT, this show will be a good example of the kinds of things you’ll learn.  Best part about this show?  IT’S FREE!

Sunday, July 11th, 8pm – WALT! and Bare Hugs

This is a repeat of the Saturday show, so if you can’t make it on Saturday check it out tonight!  OR, see both if you enjoyed the first one!  Admission is $10.

WHEW!  That’s quite a schedule!  PHIT’s shows are some of the funniest and best deals in the city.  All shows are at the Shubin Theater located at 407 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.  Parking is available on the street and in a lot just a few doors down from the theater.  Have fun with PHIT this summer!

Home Culture Fun in the Summertime: PHIT Performances at the Shubin June 30th-July 11th