As I’ve stated before in one of the most recent articles, March is a busy month for comedy in Philadelphia. As some of you may already know, one of the biggest events that I’m anticipating the most is the “March Madness Comedy Competition” that’s happening at multiple locations throughout the city, featuring some of the most prominent talent that Philadelphia has to offer.
Here’s how it works: Throughout the month of March, multiple venues such as Connie’s Ric Rac, The Raven Lounge, Noche, Center City Grille, and Mad River, will be hosting comedy competitions amongst 64 of Philadelphia’s newest and most senior comedians. At each event, each comedian will have a chance to advance to the next round, until they reach the last event, showcasing “The Elite 8″. At this last event, all of the comedians who have advanced will have a 10 minute spot on stage, after which the winner will be announced and presented with a special prize.
The venue information with their lineups are as follows:
The first comedy round will be on Sunday, March 6th, at Connie’s Ric Rac, which is located at 1132 S. 9th street, Philadelphia, in the heart of the Italian market. This show begins at 6:30 PM. The lineup of comedians are as follows:
Brandon Ketchup Wilson
The second comedy event will be held on Monday, March 7th, at the Center City Grille, which is located at 12 S. 20th street, Philadelphia and is originally where the Comedy on the Grill open mic takes place every Monday night. This show will begin at 9 PM. The comedians on this event’s lineup are as follows:
The third event of this comedy competition will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at Noche, which is located at 1901 Chestnut street, Philadlephia. This show begins at 9 PM. The lineup for this show are as follows:
Brendan Kennedy, Mike Casey
And finally, the last event of this competition will take place at none other than the Raven lounge, which is located at 1718 Sansom street, Philadelphia and is originally the venue for Center City Comedy’s open mic, held every Thursday.
The lineup for this competition is as follows:
It’s needless to say that this is a very interesting show concept and hasn’t been done before as far a Philadelphia comedy goes. I look forward to seeing each show and seeing who wins the grand prize. Kudos goes to the venues who are hosting these shows as well as the creators of these series of events, of course them being Center City Comedy, Jack Martin and Paul Goodman of Rittenhouse Comedy, James Hesky, Darryl Charles, and Mykal Carter Jackson of The Famous International Variety Show, and Dan Vetrano and Chris McGrail of Comedy on the Grill. Admission to these events will be $5 which goes towards the grand prize for the winning comedian.
Please RSVP to this event on Facebook.