A bunch of comedy ambassadors from New York City will soon be heading to Philadelphia for a month-long residency at one of the city’s long-standing comedy clubs, PHIT Comedy. Since 2007, PHIT Comedy has had a residency program in place with renowned Chicago/New York based ensemble Annoyance Theatre.
Annoyance Theatre, for those not in the know, is a 30 year old theater and comedy ensemble that has been home to members such as Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, Amy Sedaris, Andy Richter, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Jane Lynch, Jon Favreau, Matt Walsh and many more. The theatre produced such hits as the long-running Chicago musical Co-Ed Prison Sluts, as well as popular stage shows like You Darn Antichrist!, The Real Live Brady Bunch and What Every Girl Should Know… An Ode to Judy Blume.
To celebrate ten years of collaboration between the two institutions, Annoyance Theatre is bringing some killer shows and comics to PHIT Comedy throughout the entire month of April. The shows coming to PHIT are as follows:
Bleech on Friday, April 7th at 10:30 p.m. – This one-man sketch comedy show is hosted by Just For Laughs regular Anthony Oberbeck, who also writes and performs for the theatre’s lauded Holy Fuck Comedy Hour.
Postmen on Saturday, April 8th at 9 p.m. – This sketch show, which is performed regularly at the theatre’s Brooklyn venue, features Annoyance veterans Matt Barats, Carmen Christopher and Anthony Oberbeck.
Nervosa: The Musical on Friday, April 14th at 10:30 p.m. – With this musical sock-puppet comedy, the all-female creative team hopes to deliver a message about body positivity in a hilarious and endearing way.
Disco Demolition on Saturday, April 15th at 9 p.m. – Based on what is easily the most hair-brained and unsuccessful baseball promotion in history, this show is a comedic recreation of a 1979 game between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers that ended with an exploding crate of disco records and a stadium full of rowdy fans charging the field.
TBA Act on Friday, April 21st at 10:30 p.m. – The shows for this weekend as still to be determined, a subtle hint to fans that PHIT and Annoyance are looking to end the month-long residency with a bang.
TBA Act on Saturday, April 22nd at 9 p.m. – See above.
The Moon Crew on Friday, April 28th at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th at 9 p.m. – This comedic play, directed by Annoyance’s Danny Groh, tells the tale of a group of Amazon employees who are sent on a mission to Mars that, naturally, turns out to be way more complicated than originally planned.
“Annoyance has been the bleeding edge of bizarre emerging comedy in the United States for almost thirty years, and we’re excited to be bringing the best of their work to Philly audience again this spring,” said PHIT Comedy founder Greg Maughan of the news.
In addition to the various stage shows, the folks at Annoyance Theatre will also be hosting five different sketch and improv comedy workshops for Philadelphia comics throughout the month of April. Tickets for all of the events are general admission and can be bought either through PHIT’s website.