PHIT Comedy has announced the line-up for our 40-hour comedy marathon starting Friday, November 25 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, November 27 at 1:00 a.m. The full schedule is available here.
Local comedy group Hey We’re Cool hosted the previous BFCMs and will also host this year’s. Hey We’re Cool hosted monthly shows at L’Etage that mixed avant-garde conceptual performances and stunts. The members of this “friend gang” are Matt Aukamp, Pat Reber, Kev Ketner, Matt Schmid, Jacquie Baker, Quinton Alexander, Chris McGrail, Peter Rambo, Joe Bell, and Mallory Rhodes.
BFCM acts include stand-up comedians, improv ensembles, experimental performances, and musical comedians. All performances will be on the Adrienne Theater’s Second Stage at 2030 Sansom Street. The hosts will use social media platforms including Facebook Live and Snapchat to encourage interaction with a global audience. A live video stream of the performers’ green room will be available online, as well.
From over 300 submissions, the BFCM producers Jack O’Keeffe, Greg Maughan, Joe Moore, Kristen Schier, Jessica Snow, and Nicole Yates, chose 139 acts for 40 hours of comedy programming.
Jessica Snow, PHIT’s artistic director described her excitement. “Shows that happen at PHIT every week will go up interspersed with once-a-year and once-in-a-lifetime shows. I’m excited to see ‘Modern Icarus: The Ken Bone Story’ and to perform in ‘CHILDHOOD RUINED’, in which we’ll give the new-Ghostbusters-treatment to other films the audience holds dear from their childhoods. This marathon has become a tradition, a way to start the holiday season each year, seeing great comedians doing what they do here every week, and trying new things. It’s way more fun than shopping.”
“It means a lot to me that we have an incredible community of comedians in Philly who will do something this crazy. It also means a lot that we can use our event as a platform for helping other small business owners – for the third year we’ll offer a free ticket to anyone who shopped local before they came to see the marathon,” explained Greg Maughan, PHIT’s founder and executive director.
PHIT is located in the Adrienne Theater at 2030 Sansom Street and regularly hosts performances on both the Mainstage (former home of InterAct Theatre Company) and the newly renovated Second Stage, seven days a week throughout the year.
Since its opening in 2005 PHIT Comedy has been the heart of Philadelphia’s rapidly expanding and nationally recognized comedy scene. PHIT Comedy produces over 1,000 performances annually, with shows on multiple stages, 7 nights a week, every week of the year. Beyond Philadelphia, PHIT Comedy’s performers tour regularly making appearances at the most prestigious comedy venues across North America. Dedicated to developing talent locally, the PHIT Comedy Training Center teaches over 1,00 children and adults how to improvise, write sketch comedy, and perform stand-up each year. Alumni and performers seen on PHIT’s stages have worked on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, The Late Show, Two and Half Men, Raising Hope, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, The State, Girl Code, Guy Code, Orange is the New Black, and The Kids in the Hall.