7 Things You Absolutely Do Not Need to Know About Sketch Comedy Troupe ManiPedi

Marked by razor-sharp writing and an almost insane attention to details, ManiPedi’s particular brand of humor often teeters freely between dark and silly.

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Shannon: Kate being Sporty Spice.

Kaitlin: Fuck right off! I’m not Sporty Spice!

Shannon: You’re obviously Sporty Spice. Brianna is Scary Spice.

Briana: Goddamnit.

On the je ne sais quoi of Philly humor:

Madonna: One thing that I love about sketch groups in Philly is that we strive to be unlike anybody else.

Briana: There’s a different flavor. I think there’s a higher level of absurdity in Philly. People are batshit crazy, and you can tell—in a really great way.

Madonna: There’s a weirdness to Philly that is not like any other city. For example, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Kaitlin: I like that underdog feeling that Philadelphia has. I pity the douche that comes up to ManiPedi and starts talking shit on the Philly comedy scene. Like, I really do.

On observing people for inspiration:

Madonna: If I’m sitting in Rittenhouse Square, there’s way too many people to watch. I feel like I need to be in a more intimate, coffee-house setting where I can really fucking watch someone. Like, really stalk the shit out of them.

Shannon: Madonna has drilled dozens of peepholes through walls all over the city.

Madonna: There’s a really good one at the Starbucks at 15th and Walnut. Check it out.

Kaitlin: I base my characters more on someone I know than just someone I’d see on the street because I can flesh it out easier. And as a lazy person, that’s helpful.

Briana: I come up with a lot of ideas when smoking, showering and walking.

Shannon: She’s always doing one of those things.

Madonna: Or all of them.

Briana: At the same time.

Kaitlin: Walking around, smoking in her shower.

On winning over audiences with female-centric jokes:

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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 21, 2012 at 10:13AM

“This group is great! I'm so happy to see them featured in the paper!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 21, 2012 at 03:45PM

“Best Improv Group in Philly.....Shannon Brown steals the show!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 21, 2012 at 06:36PM

“Best Improv Group!! Kait is my inspiration!”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 21, 2012 at 07:31PM


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5. Peter North said... on Nov 24, 2012 at 02:35PM

“I hope these girls are funny because they are five of the ugliest women I have ever seen.”

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6. Anonymous said... on Nov 25, 2012 at 05:45AM

“These are the most talented funny gorgeous women! @Peter North You Troll...where is your pic?”

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7. Snooki said... on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:46AM

“Madonna is queen of the stage. MUCH LUV BIDDIES”

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8. BigBlack said... on Nov 26, 2012 at 09:36PM

“Great article and a great sketch group! I've seen them at Philly Improv Theater a few times. And Peter North clearly never learned if you don't have anything nice to don't say anything at all. Shut your mouth troll!”

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9. Anonymous said... on Nov 27, 2012 at 11:29AM

“Very beautiful and talented group of women, with a STYLE all their own. If you haven't been to a show, you NEED to get to one; hilarious!!!”


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