Tonight marks the beginning of the 5th Annual Philly Sketchfest, which will be hosting shows each night through Saturday. Offering up a smorgasbord of sketch talents, audiences will have a chance to see the best that this city has to offer as well as several noteworthy troupes from around the country.
Once again, to help you decide which shows to see, I turned to some local comedians for their own recommendations.
Pat Foy (Camp Woods; co-host of The Theme Show): ManiPedi’s performances are spot-on and their writing is smart, clever, and fearless. They’re always a blast to watch. Charles Rosen’s unique point of view and inimitable delivery make me howl every time I see him perform, so I’m really excited to check out Tales From a Body Cast.
Madonna Marie Refugia (Camp Woods, ManiPedi): “I’m really excited to see the Feeko Brothers because I love laughing until it hurts.”
LaTice Klapa (stand-up comedian): “In my opinion a must see show during the week of Philly Sketchfest is the dynamic sketch duo Animosity Pierre. They are a hilarious, smart duo who are on the move in Philadelphia.”
Rob Baniewicz (Camp Woods): “Go see Camp Woods. I am continually impressive.”
Steve Kleinedler (Director of PHIT house team Hot Dish): “Friends of Gertrude: I’ve had the pleasure of directing or coaching most of the members of this extremely talented cast when I was at ImprovBoston, and I can vouch for a zany evening of high quality fun. Sawyer & Hurley are impossible to explain, but can be described by adjectives such as stupendous, hysterical, and must-see. Boston is bringing you two superb teams. Go see them!”
Shannon Brown (ManiPedi): “The Feeko Brothers. I leave every one of their shows smiling.”
Paul Triggani (Secret Pants; host of PHIT’s TV Party): “I should say the Monday show since I’m in it, but my pick would be: ManiPedi has become an estrogen-infused city favorite, and The Specific Jawns show a great deal of promise based on only a handful of performances, but the real treat will be seeing The Mask & Wig Club outside of their normal UPenn venue and schedule, which almost never happens. MacCloskey & Myers sound nice, too.”
Erin Pitts (ZaoGao): “You have got to see the Feeko Bros. They’re in the Dirtiest Sketch Competition on Tuesday and headlining Thursday night. See BOTH shows, you will not be disappointed.”
Jason Grimley (Grimmacchio): “I am looking forward to seeing The Monthly Hour. James Hesky, Darryl Charles, Jim Grammond and Mary Radzinski are great comedians individually. Sit them down together and they are amazing!”
FESTIVAL INFO: Each of the nightly performances will be held in the Prince Music Theater’s Independence Foundation Blackbox (1412 Chestnut St.). Tickets for an individual show block are $10 while a nightly pass costs $15-$20.