Monday, September 15, 2008

NEW, NEW and NEW: Local Comedy News

The winner of the 2008 WMGK DeBella Comedy Competition is Rod "Goat" Sperling. As part of his prize, he'll do a guest set this Wednesday at Helium with Jim Florentine headlining. Here are his winning jokes.

South Jersey sketch group The Gentlemen's Rotary Auxiliary are inviting some Philadelphia groups over to their state for some live comedy fun. They'll be performing at the Auction House in Audubon, New Jersey with The Sixth Borough on October 24th and Animosity Pierre on October 25th. Meg & Rob will also be performing on both shows.

Stand-up Conrad Roth is starting up a new open mic at the Raven Lounge (1718 Sansom St.) aptly named CENTER CITY COMEDY. The first show is on September 25th (9:30-11:30PM) and will be every Thursday after then. At first it'll be a booked show, but eventually Roth will open it up to sign-ups. "I want this to be a quality open mic that attracts a good crowd and good comedians who need another steady open mic besides Tuesdays and Wednesdays to work out material."

Improviser Alexis Simpson (Rare Bird Show & Illegal Refill) has been hired as the new Artistic Director of the Philly Improv Theater. Alexis is a recent graduate of the Arden Professional Apprentice program and will be handling scheduling, supervision of the PHIT house teams and other day-to-day duties.

In other improv news, the lineup for this year's Philadelphia Improv Festival has been announced with groups mostly from the East Coast performing and one coming all the way from Phoenix. The festival will be November 13-15 at the Plays & Players Theater (1714 Delancey St).

Know of something new going on with Philadelphia comedy? E-mail comicvsaudience AT gmail DOT com with your tips.

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