Five Dollar Comedy Week

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Kate Banford and Aaron Nevins had an idea for a comedy show that would make fun of motivational speakers—hopefully, that’s still in the pipeline ‘cause that would be fun—but while they were hunting for spaces to host it, they stumbled upon the Shubin, which is no slouch in our venerable small-theatre arsenal but nonetheless humble, modest and cheap. They decided to rent it out for the week and fill its 42 seats (max 55) nightly with fresh new comedy on the super-affordable tip and dub it Five Dollar Comedy Week. Seriously, there are so many comedians: approximately 150 bodies who’ll participate in about 30 shows. Every single night is $5. But there’ll also be secret shows, panels, nights where 60 one-minute monologues are delivered in 60 minutes, plus an opening and closing ceremony.

They’re doing the opening ceremony just right, and that’s with a banner and a torch in a mile-and-a-half march from Rittenhouse Square. The whole week will be very festive, partly because the affair is BYO, so no doubt there’ll be some bombed bombs and hammered hecklers. Banford and Nevins seem legitimately committed to providing affordable comic opportunities for both audiences and peers, and that’s what this week is all about. In fact, if you want an all-access wristband, you need only cough up $25. “That’s like an 83-percent discount,” Banford says. “We don’t care about money. We just really want people to come.” With that attitude, they probably will. // BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sun., Aug. 31.$5. Various times. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. 215.592.0119. fivedollarcomedyweek.com
 

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WHEN
Monday, August 25, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Sunday, August 31, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Saturday, August 30, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
- - - - Price: Unknown

WHERE
407 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/30/2014. .

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Shubin Theatre

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