As one of the centers for Philadelphia’s rapidly expanding comedy scene, Philly Improv Theater has wanted to show off the talent from across the city for years, but never quite figured out how they could fit everything into one weekend… until last year. Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2014 was a gluttonous heap of continuous comedy on our stage in Center City Philly starting just as the door-buster sales ended the day after Thanksgiving and continuing without interruption until the end of the next day. We threw a huge party and everyone came. We streamed it out onto the internet. Nobody died. It was a blast.
So we’re doing it again.
Philly has seen a true comedy marathon before, but they haven’t seen any of the crazy ideas the comedy community is dreaming up for them this time. To add to the drama we’ll be finding another foolhardy team of hosts for the entire event – meaning they will be up for the entire day, night and day as their bodies slowly fall apart and their jokes veer increasingly into the surreal. Throughout the festivities there will be stand-up, improv, sketch, storytelling and variety comedy. There will be top-notch local talent, visitors from out of town, and bizzarre niche comedy in the middle of the night for the insomniacs among us. And it will be all-you-can-watch for just $10, which gets you a wristband good for admission at any time throughout the marathon (based on seating availability).
But that’s not all, because no Black Friday event would be complete without some kind of outrageous deal that we couldn’t possibly hope to make money on… and no Thanksgiving weekend could be complete without lending a helping hand. To wit, PHIT will be partnering with a group of local small businesses in a Buy Local 4 Free Passes offer. It’s simple, visit our list of partner local small business in Center City and then go shopping at one of the stores during the week before Thanksgiving (starting Monday, November 23rd, 2015), during Black Friday or on Small Business Saturday. When you pay for your purchase make sure get or ask for a Black Friday Comedy Marathon Pass or hold onto your receipt. Then bring the pass to our box office at any point during the 36 hours of the marathon and we’ll give you a wristband pass for $0. It’s our way of helping local business, letting you laugh for free, and giving our acts the largest, happiest, rowdiest crowd they’ve ever seen. Make sure you circle the dates on your calendar now.
We’re back baby!