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Crossroads Comedy Theater
Feat. Shannon Fahey, Alyssa Al-Dookhi, Alejandro Morales, and yurodivy

Saturday, April 30

2022 Blue Heaven

3 hours with intermission



Wheelchair Accessible

Night two of Blue Heaven features the return of Blue Heaven veteran Sarah Squirm, preceded by a co-presentation from local comedy hub Crossroads Comedy Theater featuring the most hilarious performers from the Philly area.

The Crossroads showcase will feature comedian and performance artist Shannon Fahey; Kuwaiti-American comedian, writer, and podcast host Alyssa Al-Dookhi; a one-person spectacular from geriatric millennial Alejandro Morales; and improv guru Nick Gillette’s yurodivy (2021 Fringe Festival Audience Choice Award Winner), an improvised set of comedy and music featuring clown poet performance art maven Alexandra Tatarsky, physical theater artist absurdist Aram Alan Aghazarian, and experimental composer Fred Brown.

Comedian and visual artist Sarah Squirm (aka Sherman) returns to Philly after performing in the first two iterations of Blue Heaven Comedy Festival. Now a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sarah is also known for her unconventional and popular live show Helltrap Nightmare, and brings her signature boundary-pushing gross-out comedy to the FringeArts stage.

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

In accordance with the latest local guidelines, masks are optional for Blue Heaven, and drinks will be allowed inside the theater. Please note this is subject to change following the City’s COVID-19 Response Levels. Please consult the FringeArts Health & Safety Policy for the latest information.


$45 Blue Heaven Festival Pass (tickets to both nights)

Single tickets:
$25 general admission
$15 student/25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS

NOTE: this event SOLD OUT! There will be a waitlist at the door the night of the show. Tickets are still available to Night 1 of Blue Heaven.
Please email with any questions.


Content Considerations

Some artists in Blue Heaven use their comedic practice to interrogate assault/abuse, systems of oppression, violence, body horror, mental illness, and suicide. Some artists will use strong language and moments of nudity in their sets. Some sets will also include audience interaction and/or close proximity to the audience. 


About the Artists

Sarah Squirm

Sarah Sherman aka Sarah Squirm (she/her) is currently a featured player on Saturday Night Live. Outside of the show, she is known for her unconventional and popular live show, Helltrap Nightmare. She was chosen to be a New Face at the 2021 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Sarah opened for Eric Andre’s national tour and wrote on THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW. She staffed on the Adult Swim series THREE BUSY DEBRAS and Netflix’s MAGIC FOR HUMANS. She was previously named one of Vulture’s Comics to Watch for 2018 and one of TIME OUT Magazine’s Five Comics to Watch for 2017. Sarah recently wrote, directed, and starred in SARAH VACCINE , a short that Paper Mag described as a “maniacal, gross-out and overwhelming response to [our] lockdown hell”.

Crossroads Comedy Theater

Crossroads Comedy Theater is an online, on stage, and on air home for comedy shows and podcasts featuring hilarious performers from the Philadelphia area and beyond. Crossroads produces all types of live comedy shows including improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, plays, variety, and more. In addition to live shows and podcasts, Crossroads runs classes in improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up with both in person and online options. Crossroads is also available for private shows, corporate events, and applied improv workshops. For more information visit

Shannon Fahey

Shannon Fahey (they/she) is a comedian and performance artist from Philadelphia. Known for her character-driven, absurd, and dreamily-reckless style, Fahey is one half of Put It Down, a monthly alt-comedy and music showcase at Johnny Brenda’s. Shannon’s solo work has lead her to opening for national acts like Whitmer Thomas and Peter Smith. In addition to solo work, Fahey has been a a staple at Good Good Comedy Theater in their sketch house team (Darlings), and is one half of the legendary Philly performance art and comedy duo (Queer Bait). She was also a long-time improviser at Philly Improv Theatre where she performed weekly with a Saturday night house team (Hooch).

Alyssa Al-Dookhi

Alyssa Al-Dookhi (they/them) is a Kuwaiti-American comedian, writer, and event host in Philadelphia. Alyssa’s mission is to create spaces for marginalized artists to flourish. You can see them on the Netflix karaoke competition show ‘Sing On!’ with Tituss Burgess, CNN’s “United Shades of America” with W. Kamau Bell, and as the warm-up comic on season 5 of Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye.’ Check out their podcast, “Make Up or Break Up.” Al-Dookhi has performed at Helium Comedy Club, Asylum NYC and has headlined at Punch Line Philly. Follow them @thedookness.

Alejandro Morales

Alejandro Morales (he/him) is a second-generation Chilean producer and comedian based in South Philly. He was featured as a Fresh Face of Comedy by HBO’s Ha Festival in 2020 and two years later that face is still looking okay.

Nick Gillette

Nick Gillette (he/him) is a physical theatre artist, co-founder emeritus of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, and an instructor and performer at the Philly Improv Theater. He is a graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, 2014 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks resident artist, and 2016 Colgate University Christian A. Johnson resident artist. With Almanac, he has devised and performed dozens of critically acclaimed nu-circus works. He is the co-creator of improvised absurdist plays such as The Wadsworth Constant. He has performed with Cabaret Red Light, BRAT Productions, Lighting Rod Special, Pig Iron Theatre Co., Alex Bechtel, International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, and Vancouver International Improv Festival’s International Ensemble.

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Alexandra Tatarsky

Writer and performer Alexandra Tatarsky (she/they) makes performances at the in-between zone of performance art, comedy, dance-theater, and deluded rant—sometimes with songs. She has performed at venues such as MoMA PS1 and The New Museum, and she has published several chapbooks, including Vacant Love and Embrace the Tree. She teaches workshops on masks, bouffon, and holy fools in theory and practice. Their work often explores the ways in which words and worlds come together and fall apart and utilizes the logic of the clown as an antidote to despair and a model of one who keeps trying despite (repeated) failure.

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Aram Alan Aghazarian

Aram Alan Aghazarian is a performer, theater creator, and teacher. He is a founding member of Strange Attractor Theatre Company. His theater work includes Pig Iron Theater Company, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Swim Pony Performing Arts, Lightning Rod Special, Perseverance Theatre, Alaska Perseverance Theatre, Alaska. Aram teaches in the Pig Iron MFA/Certificate program and at Community College of Philadelphia where he teaches Movement and Dance for Actors, and Rehearsal and Performance. He is a graduate of Temple University and the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).

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Fred Brown

Fred Brown graduated Pig Iron School/University of the Arts in Philadelphia with an MFA in Devised Performance. Latin and Greek teacher with an undergraduate degree in Classical Philology from Harvard University. He has performed, directed, and coached improv comedy for the last seven years at improv festivals in the US and Canada. For six year has performed weekly improv comedy shows in Philadelphia, with the teams The Future and Dream Tank. He has accompanied improv groups with live, musical accompaniment, and composed songs for podcasts, theatrical productions, independent films, and short comedic web sketches.

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