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“Alley of Nightmares” is an hour-long, live sketch comedy show inspired by classic horror anthologies of the last fifty years (The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow). The show is hosted by a ghastly ghoulie, The Gatekeeper, who guides the audience through a labyrinth of hilariously horrifying sketches tackling a range of spine-chilling topics from alien invasion to killer psycho clowns. “Alley of Nightmares” features the writing and performing talents of an all-star team of Philadelphia comedians and promises to be so enjoyable that you’ll enjoy yourself… to death!

Alley of Nightmares was originally presented by Philly Improv Theater as part of the 17th Annual FringeArts Festival and will be appearing next in the 2014 Toronto Sketchfest. A schedule and tickets are available here.

Cast

The Gatekeeper (Host): The guardian of the netherworld by way of a dark portal hidden in an ancient tomb. Starting in 1991, he worked as the host of the popular Atmosfear series of videocassette-dependant board games. He hasn’t done much since, so now he’s doing this.

Rob Baniewicz (Co-Creator/Writer/Performer): Half of legendary Philly sketch duo Meg & Rob. Rob has also appeared in sketch troupe Camp Woods, improv group Hate Speech Committee, and screened his short films in the Tromadance and Philadelphia Film Festivals.

Jacqueline Baker: A performer in the PHIT sketch house team The Flat Earth and a writer/performer in the new Philly sketch duo The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jackie.

Dan Corkery: A regular performer for both Phily Improv Theater and Figment Theater. Dan can be seen regularly in PHIT improv house team Davenger and as one part of improv duo Due Dilligence.

Chris McGrail: One half of the up-and-coming sketch duo Calletta & McGrail, featured performer in PHIT sketch house team Dog Mountain and former member of the local sketch collective Judo Range.

Matthew Schmid: A writer and performer in the NJ-based sketch group The Stonewall Players, the PHIT sketch house team The Flat Earth and the other half of the sketch duo The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jackie.

Andrew Stanton: A perfomer who appears in Angry People Building Things, Safe Weird, The Future and as the less-tall half of the improv duo Kait & Andrew.

Kaitlin Thompson: A member of all-female sketch supergroup Mani-Pedi and the taller half of improv duo Kait & Andrew.

Writers

Christian Alsis: One half of the two-time “Best Sketch Group” in Philadelphia, The Feeko Brothers. Christian is also the head writer of PHIT sketch house team Goat Rodeo and has performed in the Toronto Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest and Boston Comedy Arts Festival.

Rob Baniewicz (Co-Creator/Writer/Performer): Half of legendary Philly sketch duo Meg & Rob. Rob has also appeared in sketch troupe Camp Woods, improv group Hate Speech Committee, and screened his short films in the Tromadance and Philadelphia Film Festivals.

Luke Field: An improviser who works regularly with the PHIT house team Asteroid! and as a writer and performer with PHIT sketch house team The Flat Earth. Winner of the WitOut award for “Best Male Improviser” in Philadelphia for 2012.

Doogie Horner: Nationally known stand-up comedian, author and artist. Doogie was the winner of Helium Comedy Club’s Philly’s Phunniest competition in 2010 and recently published his newest book, 100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts.

Sam Narisi: A writer and performer, formerly of Camp Woods, and most recently of the New York-based sketch duo The Schooleboyes.

Paul Triggiani (Co-Creator/Writer): A member of local sketch comedy veterans Secret Pants. Paul’s work has been featured on stages and television screens nationally, and he has directed multiple sketch comedy troupes including Camp Woods and The Flat Earth.