Tuesday, May 5, 2009

THIS WEEK: Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theatre

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 (programming note: there will be no C vs. A show in June), but the highlights of the week are still yet to come with a new sketch show by Meg & Rob, a performance by improv supergroup The Moops and psychoanalysis with Lisa Levy.

Wednesday, May 6th
8 p.m. - Why Am I Not Famous?!?: A Comedy Talk Show w/ Kent Haines, $5. This month Philly's only comedy talk show welcomes local sketch group Secret Pants and Steve "The Iceman" Gerben who was supposed to be on last month's show but couldn't make it. According to Kent: "Steve is the 2007 winner of the Philly's Phunniest contest that I won last summer, which means that I am technically one year funnier than he is. But actually he is much more hilarious than I am, and my sole goal that evening is to give him a nervous breakdown with my intense Frost/Nixon style interrogation. Should be fun!"

10 p.m. - Guilty Pleasures w/ Brendan Kennedy, $5. Bringing you the best in awful scripts, acted out for you on stage. Listen to Brendan talk about the show on the C vs. A Radio Hour.

Thursday, May 7th
8 p.m. – Improv Comedy, PhD: Every Thursday the theater pairs up "today's comedy over-achievers and tomorrow's comedy legends." This month: Drexel's Drexel Football Team with PHIT house team Fletcher.

10 p.m. - Cagematch: m@& vs. reigning champs Angry People Building Things, $5. CAGEMATCH pits two groups against each other for 25-minute sets that can only use one audience suggestion. The audience decides the winner by secret ballot. This month, Matt Holmes of Rare Bird Show bravely takes on the champs with the help of someone from the audience that "preferably has never seen an improv show before and was dragged there by a friend."

Friday, May 8th
8 p.m. – Meg & Rob w/ CUBED, $10.

Improv duo CUBED will perform 30-min. of comedy taking place in a cubicle. And then Philly sketch group Meg & Rob present a completely brand new show of material of characters "with a deep emotional core, whether they've just gotten divorced or are (quite literally) dead on their feet."

10 p.m. - The Moops, $10. The Moops are a Philly improv supergroup of sorts including Alexis Simpson, Kristen Schier, Alli Soowal, Nick Gillette, Greg Maughan, Scott Sheppard and more.

Saturday, May 9th
8 p.m. – Meg & Rob w/ CUBED, $10., $10.

10 p.m. - Stand Up. Lie Down., $10. NYC's Lisa Levy brings her monthly show down to Philly. Join in the fun as Dr. Levy, S.P. (self-proclaimed) tries to cure these emotionally complex types with help from the audience. Each performer or group will perform for 5 minutes and then have a brief "session" with Dr. Levy. And she'll be giving away boxes of tissues that say, "Funny people cry too." to the first 10 ticket holders. Dave Walk, Kent Haines and Rare Bird Show will be performing/analyzed.

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