It's time again for the Philly Improv Theater's week at the Shubin Theatre (407 Bainbridge St). The week actually kicked off Monday with our show (thanks to the comics and everyone that came out, it went swimmingly!), but the meat of the week is still yet to come. For tickets, visit the Philly Improv Theater's website.
Wednesday, July 9
8 p.m. – Bedtime Stories: From Sea To Shining Sea, A Tribute To American History, $10. Sez the host Gregg Gethard:
On July 4, 1776, a new nation was created. A land where anyone could have a dream. A land where anyone could practice the religion of their choice without fear of oppression. A land where Tila Tequilla would one day have caged members of both genders fighting for her consideration. This nation is called AMERICA.Set to perform are Jon Goff, The Sixth Borough, Secret Pants, Meg and Rob, Chip Chantry, Jamie Fountaine, Charles Rosen and friends, Chris Morganti and friends, Pete Celonia/Chelsea Vidaurri, special music guests Emily and Micah McGraw and a video by us, Comic Vs. Audience!
10 p.m. – Why Am I Not Famous?!?: A Comedy Talk Show w/ Kent Haines, $5. Kent welcomes guests comedian Doogie Horner and musican Look Alike in the inaugural installment of his new talk show. His plan for the show: "I'll have an opening segment where I win the crowd over. I call it my 'making fans' segment. Usually I'll let the people get to know me a little better, or I'll do a song and dance number. Then I'll interview some guests and ask them to perform their little bits or whatever."
Thursday, July 10
8 p.m. - TROIKA 2008 ROUND THREE Presented by PhillyImprov.com, in cooperation with the Philly Improv Theater, TROIKA pits three groups of three improvisers against each other. The groups choose their own format and the audience determines the winner. The winner of each of the three preliminary rounds goes on to battle in the Grand Championship in August. This month brings three new groups that will vie for the opportunity to join previous winners Auditorium and Velvet Helmet in the finals next month. $10.
10 p.m. - CAGEMATCH: Angry People Building Things vs. TOP SECRET. CAGEMATCH brings more competitive improv by pitting two groups against each other for 25-minute sets that can only use one audience suggestion. The audience decides the winner by secret ballot. Angry People Building Things have been demolishing all challengers for a while now, will they ever be stopped?!? $5.
Friday, July 11
8 p.m. – Cubed with Angry People Building Things, $10. They share hopes. They share dreams. They share fears. They share a common 4 x 5 walled partition. CUBED is workplace-comedy improv relying on YOU, the audience, for ongoing suggestions and participation. You give us our company name. You write a memo or two. You will be an active part of the show, so pull up a cubicle and enjoy! CUBED. Thinking inside the box.
10 p.m. – Dr. Fantastic with Bark Wharf. $10. With an emphasis on speed, parody, and the absurd, Dr. Fantastic abandons cherished improv concepts such as character, truth, and coherence. Be prepared for a wild ride through people and places that can only exist on stage. No doubt you have many questions. But these are not the questions we had agreed upon earlier, so they will not be answered. Bark Wharf is three-man improv from some of the most talented alumni of Haverford (and improv!): Matt Klinman, Ali King, and Jesse Paulsen.
Saturday, July 12
8 p.m. – Dr. Fantastic with Cubed, $10.
10 p.m. – Meg & Rob with Bark Wharf, $10. Local sketch comedy heroes Meg and Rob return to perform of their best stuff before they head off to the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
- Our past Bedtime Stories coverage including video, photos and interviews
- Interview with PHIT's founder Greg Maughan
- The wildly popular Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? tale by Bedtime Stories host Gregg Gethard
- Kent's web series THAT GUY: I, II, III, and IV