May Comedy Guide

This month’s artwork by Alli Katz

Monroe Martin & Derek Gaines return to the city they started in, ripping the stage with their thoughts on relationships, politics and sneakers. Monroe has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Master of None and was a finalist on season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Derek is currently starring in the TBS smash hit The Last OG with Tracy Morgan.

Andre Hyland is an LA-based comedian, actor, writer, and filmmaker, bringing his acclaimed show The Jesse Miller Talk Show to Philly for one night only. Andre appeared in the Lonely Island film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and wrote for Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show. He is a frequent collaborator with Bob Odenkirk, with whom he co-created a pilot for Comedy Central. Hyland’s work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, AFI Fest and more.

Maria Bamford is an award-winning stand-up comedian and actress. She starred in her own Netflix series Lady Dynamite and is know for her recurring roles on Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and so much more. Maria has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan.

Sixteen comedians enter. All but one of them are stoned. It’s up to all of us to find the sober individual in the popular game show of sobriety tests that Phindie calls “highly entertaining.” Officer Alex Grubard administers field sobriety tests, takes audience testimony, and asks trivia questions of Philly’s premier drug-induced comics as we all seek justice by weeding out the stoned. Be part of the witch hunt!

Kate Willett has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Jim Jefferies Show and This Is Not Happening, Viceland’s Flophouse and her own upcoming Netflix fifteen-minute special. Kate has appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (5 years in a row) and was named a Comic to Watch at the LA RIOT festival. Plus opener Samantha Ruddy, a contributing writer for Reductress and named one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People by Brooklyn Magazine.

Once a month, we tap one of our favorite Philadelphia comedians to do a full hour set for the first time ever. This month: the hilarious Setoiyo, with opener Alex Pearlman.

Poets, artists, drifters, legends? The last two living ghosts of the American subconscious share their latest collection of thoughts, visions, and memories of wandering the highways of their dreams, and the deserts of their minds. Featuring Matt Barats (High Maintenance, Sadie Hawkins Day) & Anthony Oberbeck (Comedy Central, IFC) of the acclaimed sketch group Postmen.

Whitmer Thomas, one of our absolute favorites, returns to Philadelphia all the way from LA. Whitmer has appeared on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, AMC’s The Walking Dead, FXX’s You’re The Worst and starred in and executive produced the FXX animated series Stone Quackers. He is one of the founders of the acclaimed LA comedy collective Power Violence, who have been named Comedians To Watch by LA Weekly and TimeOut LA.

In this six-week class taught by Shannon Fahey, you will learn the basics of improvised comedy in a fun and supportive space. This course aims to teach you the fundamentals of improv, build your confidence on stage and gives you the tools to collaborate and create comedic scenes with others.