Posts Tagged ‘ComedySportz Philadelphia’

Making Art in 2017: Josh Holober-Ward on Roll Play

Posted August 21st, 2017

(Left to right) Kevin Regan, Josh Holober-Ward, Emily Davis. Photo by Kevin Regan and Shaun Kreider.

Name: Josh Holober-Ward

Company: ComedySportz Philadelphia

Show in 2017 Festival: Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure

Role: Performer (Dungeon Master)

FringeArtsTell us about your show. 

Josh Holober-Ward: I’ve always been enormously passionate about two things: Storytelling and games. So it only makes sense that I’m a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons, the most iconic storytelling game out there. I play with a group of improvisers—the exact same group that makes up the cast, actually!—and although I’ve had this idea for a while, this group’s chemistry is what really compelled me to finally make the show a reality. We have such a consistently fun time that I wanted to get an audience in on the ridiculousness. Not just as a spectator, but as a primary collaborator and curveball-thrower.

FringeArts: How have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year? 

Josh Holober-Ward: I’ve noticed that the more improv I do and see, the more I appreciate unique twists on the form and audience interaction. Improv done with a compelling theme and stage tech seriously stands out and draws me in, and I’m surprised it’s not done more often! And I love the feeling that the audience is helping build the piece WITH the actors, that we’re not just watching, but sharing, contributing. Seeing you and your friends’ wild ideas and creations be brought to life on stage is an experience 100% unique to this form, and it deserves to be explored to the fullest.

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Center City Fringe: Dangerous Fools & Nardo Are Making It up as They Go

Posted August 10th, 2015

DF&NImprovisational comedy may be pretty Dangerous, potentially Foolish, and possibly Nardo-y? for those of us clutching onto our ego and self-image. But, we’re glad to say that the members of the improv groups, Dangerous Fools and Nardo, just don’t operate under the same sort of anxieties that the rest of us do. Nope, the company of Thomas Fowler and Mary Carpenter (Dangerous Fools) and Steve Roney, Eoin O’Shea, and Joe Sabatino (Nardo), veer headlong into their wild brand of long-form improv as often as they can. All members of Dangerous Fools and Nardo have performed for years with the Philadelphia improv-centerpoint, ComedySportz in Center City. For this year’s Fringe Festival, they bring their comedy chops to the PlayGround stage at the Adrienne on Sansom Street. We posed a few questions for one half of the Dangerous Fools duo, Mary Carpenter.

FringeArts: What can audiences expect from Dangerous Fools & Nardo when you take the stage this summer?

Mary Carpenter: First and foremost, they can expect to laugh. I know I laugh every time I work with or watch any of these improvisers. Both groups do long-form improv, meaning they usually just take one suggestion and weave together a series of scenes and characters. With this group though, people should expect the unexpected.

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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Cecily and Gwendolyn

Posted September 11th, 2012

Hey ladies, why don’t we snuggle up in your horse-drawn buggy…

Meet Kelly Jennings and Karen Getz, veteran funny women and members of ComedySportz Philadelphia. For this year’s Fringe the two are dropping their pants (More nudity, score!) and hiking up their Victorian petticoats (Oh wait, no.) as Cecily and Gwendolyn, British women from the time of chamber pots and pots of tea, and they’re here to gather research about…our kind (cheesesteak lickin’, keyboard snoozin’, 21st-century Phillians). You can read up on Cecily and Gwendolyn in the Washington Post review of their appearance at last year’s Capital Fringe, and then browse their Vitals after the jump.

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Preview Time!

Posted August 13th, 2012

I can’t hardly believe that it’s already preview time! If you’re involved in some pre-Fringe preview or showcase action, be sure to email me at NickG[at]livearts-fringe[dot]org, and I’ll be sure to plug you here. To get us started, the WaitStaff are bringing together a slew of people for their take on The Match Game, while giving you a taste of:

ComedySportz Philadelphia

Fringe Wraiths
Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die
Ivona, Princess of Burgundia
Raw Stitch
I Hate Monologues and The Alphabet Plays
Wawapalooza 6: The Great Almost
The Grimacchio Variety Hour
Real Housewives of South Philly Play Match Game!

You get two nights of previews from this crew. Sunday, August 19, doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7:00 pm; Thursday, August 23, doors at 7:00 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Both shows at L’Etage, corner of S. 6th and Bainbridge Streets. $15. Click here for info and tickets.

–Nicholas Gilewicz