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Class Clowns Comedy Festival

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - April 6 @ 11:00 pm

Theater Exile

1340 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States

Class Clowns Comedy Festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Extra credit, anyone? Whether you love book clubs or pro-wrestling, Class Clowns Comedy Festival has something for you. Crossroads Comedy Theater is back with a weekend full of “edutainment” experiences where audience members will leave just a little bit smarter. The festival was inspired by the great reception of Crossroads favorite, Study Hall: Comedy Inspired Lectures (a performance of which will round out the weekend on April 6). Performers, audience members, and guest lecturers have loved Study Hall since its inception in 2011. The Class Clowns Comedy Festival takes that general idea and expands “edutainment” into stand-up, storytelling, musical improv, trivia, panel discussions, and more. Who knows, something you learn might show up as a daily double on Jeopardy!.

Want a Pass ro ALL the shows?

All performances take place at Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 between April 3 – 6. For tickets to these events and more, visit XroadsComedy.com/shows. There are also a limited number of Pay What You Decide tickets available through Philly Theatre Week. Event details below!


Book Club: An Interactive Book Loving Experience

Wednesday, April 3rd @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

In Book Club, Courtney and Frank Farrell choose a book that will then be explored through audience discussion and hilarious performance pieces from some of Philly’s best artists. Read the book (or don’t) and then come through with some baked goods to share and be a part of this interactive, book loving experience. This installment features an exploration of Bad Mormon by Heather Gay (Real Housewives of Salt Lake City).


Extree Extree: Comedy Inspired by the News

Wednesday, April 3rd @ 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Local and national headlines inspire this fully improvised show. Through a series of news clips, images, and stories read aloud anchor style our talented and smart group of performers will use the news to inspire the scenes created right in front of you. Get caught up on the world’s events in a way that will make you laugh rather than cry. Don’t miss this irreverent send up of the world in which we live!


WrestleBrainia: A Pro-Wrestling Trivia Show

Thursday, April 4th @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Just in time for WrestleMania in Philly comes WrestleBrainia: A Pro-Wrestling Trivia Show. Test your knowledge of the squared circle in this trivia show centered on all things pro-wrestling! Performers and audience members will face several general knowledge rounds and challenges in order to win the money in the bank. Tag in a friend and come see how much you know about the world of wrestling! Don’t know anything about pro-wrestling? We can promise you will by the time you leave and that’s the bottom line.


Laugh of Totality: A Roast of the Solar Eclipse

Thursday, April 4th @ 8:30pm – 9:30pm

The total solar eclipse is approaching in April and what better thing to do than laugh in the face of it! Laugh of Totality is an evening of the funniest nerds, comedians, and scientists-turned-standup comics joking about the upcoming solar eclipse in cities that are in the path of totality (total eclipse coverage). Expect a ridiculous, raunchy, and informative night that will leave your brain and abs hurting from laughter. This nerdy comedy show is so well-rounded, we’re being protested by the flat earth society. This show features both national headliners and local comedians joking about the science, history, and culture of eclipses.


Political SOS: A Scientific Antidote for the End of Times

Friday, April 5th @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Welcome to the college lecture you wish you’d had! I’m a professor, scientist, circus performer, and standup comedian, and I’m going to combine all these things to help us all get to the (scientific and research-based!) bottom of why our politics feel so bad! It’s a non-partisan show — there’s no political agenda! This is a review of decades of research on democratic systems, why people vote, the causes of polarization, and more!


Electoral Dysfunction: Politics! Comedy! Yelling!

Friday, April 5th @ 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Host Tom Brennan (Marvel Entertainment) and token Never-Trump Republican Robert George (Bloomberg Opinion) discuss and debate the news of the week with a panel of special guests. Their debate will inspire the improv performed by some of Philly’s best and funniest performers. Politics! Comedy! Yelling! All this and more as debate & improv collide in a night of comedy so fast, so furious that we’ll all be impeached before the night is through. It’s ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION!


Porn Stash

Friday, April 5th @ 10:00pm – 11:00pm

What happens when the funniest comics along with a few sex educators sit down together and watch clips of porn in front of a live audience? A unique and magical comedy adventure that only happens on PORN STASH. Trigger Warning: This show is a sex positive, highly educational, shame free, safe space and will include explicit content. A panel of comedians. A few clips of porn. A discussion like no other. With your hosts Betty Smithsonian and Ralph Andracchio. **Winner Best Comedy night in Philly Mag’s Best of Philly 2023**


Pay What You Want Improv Workshop

Saturday, April 6th @ 4:00pm – 6:00pm

This pay what you want workshop will teach you the building blocks of improv in a fun and supportive environment. You will learn a new skill, have fun, meet new people, and you will see that improv is not just for performers, but is for everyone. The skills learned in our classes go beyond the stage and can benefit you in your everyday life and work! Improve communication, build self-confidence, think more positively, embrace collaboration, meet new people, and have more fun! These are just a few of the concepts we will touch on in this workshop through a series of fun exercises and games. Whether you have no performance aspirations or you are taking the first step on the journey to being a performer – this is for you!


Extra Credit: Educational Comedy for the Short Attention Span

Saturday, April 6th @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

A hilarious assembly of short, comedic performances with an educational spin with some of Philly’s funniest performers. This show will feature a variety of arts that could include improv, stand-up, storytelling, dance, and music. Line-up TBA.


Study Hall: Comedy Inspired By Lectures

Saturday, April 6th @ 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Study Hall is now in session! This long running comedy show mixes real lectures with improv comedy to create a show that is both entertaining and educational! Guests from all walks of life will lecture on a topic they are familiar with after which our cast of amazing improvisers will use what they learned (or didn’t learn) to create hilarious scenes right before your eyes!



Crossroads Comedy Theater is a roaming home for comedy shows, performing arts and comedy classes, and pop culture podcasts, founded in Philadelphia in 2021 by Mike Marbach, who previously served as Education Director (2011-2017) and Artistic Director (2017-2020) at Philly Improv Theater. Crossroads has trained hundreds of Philadelphia area residents giving them skills that go beyond the stage and page and help them in their everyday life and work. Whether you want to get involved, learn a new skill, sit back and watch, kick back and listen, or give back by helping us support Philly artists – Crossroads has a way for you to do it!


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April 3 @ 7:00 pm
April 6 @ 11:00 pm


Theater Exile
1340 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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