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2017 Festival Spotlight: Comedy and Improv, Part 2

Posted August 31st, 2017

This year’s Fringe Festival features features an abundance of comedy and improv. Check out just some of the riotous performances hitting our city next month. Find Part 1 here.


Elysian Fields @ The Adrienne Theater Second Stage
Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy)

Like no improv you have seen before! A new dramatic one-act play channeling the works of the great American playwright Tennessee Williams is created before your eyes each night. Enter a world of tortured, desperate characters—ripe with unfulfilled dreams, desires, and the struggle to find escape from a harsh reality. The cast creates a show ripe with unfulfilled dreams, desires, and the struggle to find escape from a harsh reality. More info and tickets here.


Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure @ The Adrienne Theater
Roll Play

Roll Play is an improvised fantasy epic, combining the excitement of role-playing games with the spontaneity of live improv comedy. Guided by a mysterious Dungeon Master, the audience helps craft the world and its characters while dice rolls decide their fate. Join our heroes as they face mythical monsters, strange spells, ridiculous riddles, and more. Every show is a brand new adventure! More tickets and info here.


Dream Sequence @ The Adrienne Theater Mainstage
Cambridge Footlights/PHIT

Join “the most renowned sketch troupe of them all” (London Independent) transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe for free-flowing hilarity, excellent original writing & side-splitting character comedy. Don’t miss your chance to see this inventive new offering from the group that launched Monty Python and John Oliver! More info and tickets here.



The Flat Earth @ The Adrienne Theater Mainstage
The Flat Earth/PHIT

Favorites of comedy festival audiences across North America (multiple Best & Producer Picks), The Flat Earth return to where it all began—the Philly Fringe—and present a best-of extravaganza, showcasing material from a half decade of remarkable success: sometimes dark, often silly, occasionally experimental, and always impeccably costumed. Featuring Matthew Schmid, Jacquie Baker, Molly Silverman, Rich Lee, and Paul Triggiani. More info and tickets here.


WILD: A Clown Western @ Venice Island Performing Arts Center
Shoe Box Company

Harmonicas. Rugged individualists. Standoffs where gunfighters stare at each other for a while and then shoot. These are the staples of a classic Western. WILD is a devised clown Western that goofs them all up. Come witness our twisted descent into a bizarro comedy frontier. More info and tickets here.



Becoming Vegan @ The Adrienne Theater

Sarah Clemency/PHIT

Featuring catchy contemporary pop songs and a dancing hamburger, this world-premiere musical comedy examines the little lies we tell and their big consequences. Becoming Vegan is the story of two women united by their love for eggplants and each other with an explosive secret: one of them is a lying carnivore. More info and tickets here.



Drunk Dads Comedy Extravaganza @ Upstairs at Buffalo Billiards
The Sunday Funnies

We know them, we love them, see lovable drunk dads come out for a night of truth and fun advice that can only come with a six pack of beer and a shot of honesty. It’s a game! It’s a panel! It’s a GD shitshow! #DrunkDadsPhilly. More info and tickets here.


Tongue & Groove: Questions @ The PlayGround at the Adrienne
Tongue & Groove

Inspired by personal information anonymously submitted by the audience, this Fringe-favorite ensemble instantly creates a montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues! For their 10th anniversary season, T&G turns the tables: instead of asking you to provide the answers, now it’s your turn to pose the questions! Submit your question pre-show; T&G then uses your personal queries for their spontaneous exploration of relationships and the human experience. More info and tickets here.



Unitard: Tard Core @ Tabu Lounge & Bar
Unitard Comedy Group

Direct from their sold out residency at Joe’s Pub in NYC Unitard is here for you, with the perfect mental floss for your brain. Are you fed up with seeing stupidity and greed being celebrated in the media?  Are you anxious and depressed about the state our country’s in? Do you need to laugh it all off?  Unitard can help! “Shelarious!” — RuPaul. More info and tickets here.