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), but the meat of the week is still yet to come. For tickets, visit the Philly Improv Theater's website.
A special note: Bedtime Stories and Kent Haines' Why Am I Not Famous?!? have been cancelled for this month, but will be back in September.
Wednesday, August 13
8 p.m. – REVEALED! The Secret Documentary Show, $10. From the PHIT e-mail blast: Question: What happens when a filmmaker asks friends, family, and random strangers to donate money to a documentary that he won't explain? Answer: The Secret Docmentary! New York-based duo STARBAND (aka Dave Bluvband and Alan Starzinski) are taking their onstage adventures to cities around the US. Filmmaker Shawn Wickens is catching it all on tape. Featuring Philadelphia's own Mr. Lizard; you, our loyal audience; and in the spirit of things being REVEALED!, a secret or two!
Thursday, August 14
8 p.m. - TROIKA 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP, $10. 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. This is the GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP between the following three teams:
Auditorium (Kristen Schier, Mark Bringhurst, Matt Holmes)
Velvet Helmet (Peter Bohan, Shave, Tommy Drama)
The Ones Your Moms Warned You About (Brandon Libby, Dan Rich, Jason Stockdale)
10 p.m. - CAGEMATCH: Angry People Building Things vs. BWP. 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.
10 p.m. – Self Image with Rowan & Hastings, $10. NYC's Self Image (founded by Industrial founder and Philly Improv Festival co-founder Mike McFarland) put a new spin on improv. Instead of playing different characters within a scene, they play themselves based upon audience suggestions. With Powerpoint rappers Rowan & Hastings. (The Philly Improv Blog has an interview with Mike)
Saturday, August 16
8 p.m. – Self Image with Illegal Refill, $10.
10 p.m. – MakeOut Clinic with Velvet Helmet, $10.