Go see a livestreamed improv film from PHIT Comedy - Technical.ly Philly


May 15, 2018 12:00 pm

Go see a livestreamed improv film from PHIT Comedy

The audience picks movie genres. Performers then scurry out of the theater and livestream their scenes onto the big screen.

Randie Welles is one of the 10 performers in PHIT's livestreamed improv show.

(Photo courtesy of Jessi Melcer)

Riffing on a format first tried out at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade theater, Philly Improv Theater is aiming to shoot a fully livestreamed original improv film.

In Via Satellite: Improvised Film, a group of 10 performers will get the prompt of a movie genre from the audience. They will then scurry out of the theater — located on 20th and Sansom — and livestream their performances into the theater, where directors Kristen Schier and Andrew Whitehead look to mix and cut performances into an original film whose dialogue and theme are wholly improvised.

“This is the first the time something like this will happen in Philly,” Whitehead said. “This is going to be truly an improvised show where there is no definitive theme and actors will create whatever they feel inspired to at the moment.”

The show will take place on three dates through May 30.

Get tickets ($5)

Does the gimmick of livestreaming really add to the already unpredictable nature of improv comedy?

Whitehead said the key difference to the Via Satellite experiment is that it will allow for the performances to be captured in a format that can be revisited.

“This show format offers a new take on improvisation,” Whitehead said. “Improv is usually a forum that’s left in the ether, that happens once and then goes away. This is almost like a snapshot into people’s lives. We’re excited to see where and how it happens”

Already a member? Sign in here


Power Moves: The long, winding journey of one dev manager

You’ll want to check out Technical.ly’s 2019 editorial calendar

This coliving company is launching in Philly — fueled by a $300M funding round



6 lessons on growing digital audience from the team behind Traffic Think Tank



Junior Data Scientist

Apply Now

Full Stack Engineer

Apply Now
Center City, Philadelphia


Sales Executive, Life Sciences & Emerging Pharma

Apply Now

Thursday: What went down at CES 2019?

Join Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck and Girls Who Code’s Reshma Saujani in Philadelphia

Tech investor Richard Vague mulls a White House bid



Opportunity knocks at Pinnacle 21’s new Blue Bell HQ

Chesterbrook, PA


Junior Software Developer

Apply Now
Chesterbrook, PA


Junior IT Specialist

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!