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Check Out ManiPedi This Friday!


Photo: Kim-Thao Nguyen

Now that you know their names and their stance on reality TV, the local comedy scene and hot dogs, it’s time to finally see the ladies of ManiPedi in action.

The entire gang—Briana, Madonna, Shannon, Aubrie and Kait—will be performing at the Philly Improv Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) on Friday at 10 p.m. and if you thought their mugs were adorable on last week’s cover, just wait till you see them up close. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and sharing the bill is the long-form improv group, Apocalips, another local crew of funny females.

With that much comedic talent and estrogen under one tiny roof, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few heads exploded. And speaking of heads exploding, as a special treat, the troupe will be patching up their handmade food costumes for yet another round of “Food Fight.” (If Shannon comes packing the same punches as she did during Sketchfest, this could very well be the final round.)

Anyway, having originally compiled a rather extensive list of “Things You Absolutely Do Not Need To Know About ManiPedi,” I figured I’d share a few of the factoids that didn’t make the cut to hold you over till their show….

#1. The group has written/performed a total of six different sketches in which someone dies or is about to die.

#2. To make Shannon’s shrimp costume for “Food Fight,” Kait—who designs many of their costumes and show flyers—laboriously sewed foam to several pieces of cardboard with a giant needle until her hands were sore. This wasn’t entirely in vain since that’s the only food costume that’s been able to withstand the many beatings.

#3. Thanks to Madonna, Aurbie and Shannon are both addicted RuPaul’s Drag Race.

#4. Briana rocks out to show tunes in her car—even with the windows down.

#5. All five members have taken various improv and sketch classes in the city while Aubrie and Madonna are currently enrolled in a “Sketch 101” course at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in NYC.

#6. Kait is always assigned the “cuckoo bird” roles. In fact, if she’s on stage, she’s probably screaming most of her dialogue.

#7. During the interview process, the group and I killed four bottles of wine.

#8. Aubrie is terrified of masks—the stupider, the scarier.

#9. The photo featured on the cover was taken mere seconds after all five ladies simultaneously lost their composure, laughing through their teeth till their faces were red.

#10. Since the story ran, the gals have reached dog #13 in the “Underdog Challenge,” and at this pace, they might be able to clear all 22 in another week.

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Photo: J.R. Blackwell

Be sure to stick around after their show for Sketch Up Or Shut Up, the only free sketch comedy open mic in town. And if you want to make an entire weekend of it, consider stopping by PHIT on Sunday when Canadian actor and comedian Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall will be appearing as a special guest with PHIT’s esteemed instructors in The Deans show (7 p.m., $10-$12). Afterwards, he’ll even be doing a brief Q&A with the audience.

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