We are less than a month away from the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival!Â Last year’s Fringe proved to be a great place to find some really amazing comedy and this year’s line-up is sure to blow ’09 out of the water!Â Here’s a full list of the shows you can find during this year’s Fringe, listed alphabetically:
PHIT house team that presents playful improv comedy.Â $10/60 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 4 at 5pm, Sept 8 at 8:30pm, Sept 11 at 10pm, Sept 14 at 8:30pm, Sept 17 at 9pm, Sept 18 at 5pm.
Angry People Building Things
Improv comedy group that channels their rage into hilarity.Â $10/45 minutes.Â The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge Street.Â Sept 11 at 9:30pm, Sept 12 at 4pm, Sept 16 at 8pm, Sept 17 & 18 at 9:30pm.
Bare Hug Sketch Comedy Show
Philadelphia sketch group Bare Hug promises an hilarious and exhilerating sketch show.Â $10/60 minutes.Â The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge Street.Â Sept 11 at 11pm and Sept 17 at 8pm.
Best of POP! Sketch Comedy for the Gifted
Presented by the Traverse Arts Project, this sketch comedy show takes a satirical look at all things Pop Culture.Â $20/60 Minutes.Â The Adobe Cafe, 1919 East Passyunk Avenue.Â Sept 9 at 9pm, Sept 10 at 10pm, Sept 11 at 11pm, and Sept 13 at 10:30pm.
PHIT house team made up of the freshest and most talented improvisers in the city.Â $10/60 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 3 at 8:30pm, Sept 7 at 8:30pm, Sept 12 at 5pm, and Sept 15 at 8:30pm.
Greetings from New Jersey! A Comedy about Growing Up and Living in the Great “Garden State”
Sketch/improv group The Second Place Champions take on the state of New Jersey.Â $10/75 Minutes.Â Walking Fish Theater, 2509 Frankford Avenue.Â Sept 10 & 11 at 9pm.
High Dramma: Low Commedy
Sketch comedy group High Dramma presents their uniue brand of highminded vulgarity.Â $15/90 minutes.Â Walking Fish Theater, 2509 Frankford Avenue.Â Sept 17 & 18 at 9pm.
Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
Five-year vets The N Crowd perform their unconventional brand of short-form comedy that has become a hit in the city.Â $15/80 minutes.Â The Actors Center, 257 North 3rd Street.Â Sept 3, 10 & 17 at 8pm & 10pm.
One year after their debut, PHIT house team King Friday perform the legendary format 3 Mad Rituals, developed by improv guru Del Close.Â $10/60 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 3 at 10pm, Sept 5 & 9 at 7pm, Sept 10 & 11 at 11:30pm, and Sept 15 & 17 at 10pm.
M@& – Improv Comedy
I’ve praised M@& in a previous article and I haven’t changed my tune!Â Matt Holmes performs improv comedy with an audience member.Â $10/45 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 4 at 9pm, Sept 5 at 3pm, Sept 8 at 10pm, Sept 11 & 12 at 7pm, and Sept 16 at 8:30pm.
Main Line-O-Mania: The Real Housewives of Philadelphia
Improvised show that features all the backstabbing and drama of your favorite reality program.Â $15/60 minutes.Â Moonstone Arts Center, 110A South 13th Street.Â Sept 3 at 10pm, Sept 6 at 8pm, Sept 16 at 10pm.
Man of Mystery
Performance artist and magician Fred Siegel chronicles his transformation into a man of mystery.Â $10/50 minutes.Â Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.Â Sept 3 at 8:30pm, Sept 5 & 6 at 6:30pm.
Now Showing: In Real to Reel Live Action 3-D!
Presented by Casaburdan Productions, this is a comedy about the staff of a run-down movie theater.Â $15/60 minutes.Â Walking Fish Theater, 2509 Frankford Avenue.Â Sept 9,10 & 11 at 7pm, Sept 12 at 4:30pm, and Sept 15-18 at 7pm.
PHIT’s Improv Tasting
Presented by PHIT, each night is a different improv show.Â Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming article about the acts.Â $10/60 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 3 at 11:30pm, Sept 4 at 10pm & 11:30pm, Sept 5 at 8:30pm, Sept 10 at 7pm, Sept 12 at 8:30pm, Sept 17 at 11:30pm, and Sept 18 at 1pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, 10pm, & 11:30pm.
PHIT’s Side of Sketch
Presented by PHIT, each night is a different sketch show that recently ran at the theater.Â Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming article about the acts.Â $10/60 minutes.Â The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge Street.Â Sept 11 at 2pm, 4pm & 8pm, Sept 12 at 2pm & 8pm, Sept 14 & 15 at 8pm, Sept 17 at 11pm, and Sept 18 at 2pm, 4pm, 8pm, & 11pm.
Presented by PHIT, Punchline! is a show created at the iO Theater in Chicago that relies on group mind and organic transitions to present a very different improv experience.Â $10/30 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 2 at 10pm, Sept 5 at 5pm, Sept 7 at 7pm, Sept 10 at 10pm, and Sept 11 at 8:30pm.
Rookie Card shows off its reputation as Philadelphia’s most unconventional improv group.Â $10/75 minutes.Â Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 South 9th Street.Â Sept 4 & 18 at 10pm.
The Improvised Soap Opera
Presented by PHIT, a group of young and restless improvisers skewer your favorite daytime stories.Â $10/60 minutes.Â Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street.Â Sept 2 at 10pm, Sept 4 at 3pm, Sept 9 at 10:30pm, Sept 11 at 3pm, Sept 16 at 10pm, and Sept 18 at 3pm.
The Real Housewives of South Philly
Sketch comedy group The Waitstaff put a Philly twist on the popular reality TV series.Â $15/60 minutes.Â L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street.Â Sept 5 at 6pm & 8pm, Sept 8 at 8pm, Sept 12 at 6pm & 8pm, Sept 14 & 16 at 8pm, and Sept 19 at 6pm & 8pm.
Wow, that is a lot of comedy!Â Check out the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe website for information about tickets to any of these shows.Â They offer group deals and bulk discounts and you can even by a pass for the entirety of the festival!Â Get ready for a fun-filled September!