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    Sketch Comedy served the way you like it

    Bookings and General Info

    Kurt Runco


    The Waitstaff

    Company History

The History

    The Waitstaff has been a part of the Philadelphia nightlife and theatre scene for the past five years with their monthly performances to a regular audience of 100+. They have performed in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC and Chicago. In November 2004 they were awarded “Philadelphia’s Hardest Working Comedy Troupe” by The City Paper.

    In July of 2005 WXPN invited them to perform in their All About the Music Festival,

    which included acts such as the Indigo Girls and Patty Smith. This led to several sold-out

    performances at World Café Live in University City. The Waitstaff drew packed houses in both the 2005 and 2006 Chicago SketchFest. They have performed at Ursinus College and Drexel and Duke Universities. Most recently they performed to sold out crowds at Plays and Players Theater as part of the 2007 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

    They have an established core fan base and word of mouth is bringing in more and more people to see what the buzz is all about. People are drawn to The Waitstaff’s style of comedy which consists of a gamut of material from silly to sophisticated and rude to

    ridiculous presented in a well-rehearsed performance. The Waitstaff prides itself on exceptionally tight performances and transitions that never let go of the audience’s attention.

    The Waitstaff attributes much of their success to the fact that they have a theatre background and draw upon that expertise to present their sketch shows in the same format and with the same production values as a full-length play. They have an intensive rehearsal schedule, employing a full time Director and Stage Manager. Booking The Waitstaff ensures a professional experience from initial contact to curtain call.

About the Troupe

    The troupe is made up of 13 core members with varied backgrounds in writing, directing, producing, dance, music, improv, standup, and, of course, acting. Moreover, every one of the regular members provides material for shows so they offer a wide variety of comic styles that continue to evolve. Independently the members of The Waitstaff have worked with most of the small theatre companies in the Philadelphia area as well as TV, film, and print ads.

    Sketches range from cultural satire to slapstick dance pieces to irreverent songs with everything in between. The diverse voices making up The Waitstaff help create comedy that appeals to a variety of sensibilities.

    Waitstaff Members’ Bios

    Jim Boyle has worked as a professional actor for the past six years in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York. Locally he has worked with Fictitious Theatre Company, The Brick Playhouse, and Walnut Street Theatre among others. He has done extensive work in both TV and print ads.

    Jeremy Chacon has performed locally at People’s Light and Theater, PTC, T H E A T R I X, B’Someday, and Fictitious, among others. Most recently he performed with

    Vagabond Acting Troupe in “The Crucible,” and The Brick Playhouse in “Vindication Illinois.” He has also directed for both The Brick and Vagabond.

    Sara Carano is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has also worked with the Brick Playhouse Genuine Myth Productions, American Family Theatre, and with Mynnelou Productions in Tony and Tina's Wedding. Sara has also appeared in the TV show “Hack,” the movie “National Treasure” and in "Pen Pals" a national commercial to bring gay tourists to Philadelphia.

    Dennis DiClaudio, a core member of the improv troupe Next Line, has been performing comedy in Philadelphia for more than five years. His play, “The Writer's Mind,” debuted

    in the 2002 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and was performed this year in the New York International Fringe Festival. His short fiction can be found in numerous journals, including “Pindeldyboz,” “Eyeshot,” “La Petite Zine” & “The Blue Moon Review.” He

    is also an editor for “Ducky Magazine” and "(parenthetical note)." Currently he works on Comedy Central’s Insider website.

    Gerre Garrett, in addition to her work as a Teaching Artist for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, is an adjunct instructor at Cabrini College and Drexel University. Her voice is heard locally in industrial films and commercials, and nationally on two television series for the Discovery Network. Her acting credits include, One Flew Over the

    Cuckoo’s Nest, Misery, Dancing at Lughnasa and Blown Sideways through Life.

    Steve Lippe has a multitude of local theatre credits, notably Theatre Exile, Vagabond Acting Troupe, and The Brick Playhouse, where he has created dozens of roles. Feature

    films include Woody Allen's "Celebrity," Alison Mclean's "Jesus' Son" and most recently in Disney’s feature “Enchanted”. TV credits include "Late Night with Conan O'Brian"

    and "The Chris Rock Show."

    Christopher McGovern is a regular performer at stand-up comedy venues throughout the tri-state area and the creator of the 2002 Fringe hit “Jersey Boy.” Chris co-created

    2003 Fringe hit, “The Lazy Activist,” with Brat Productions’ Madi Distefano.

    Lydia English Morris holds a BA in Theatre from Roanoke College, Salem VA. Lydia has, in the past two years, worked as an actor and/or director at several local & suburban theatres including The Brick Playhouse, Freedom Theatre, Players Club of Swarthmore, and Colonial Playhouse.

    Joe Quirk has performed in a plethora of productions and venues throughout the Philadelphia area and Delaware, as well as in several local and nationally televised commercials. He writes comedy pieces as part of a pre-show program for The Delaware Shakespeare Festival, and also performs regularly at The Johnson House, educating the community about the Underground Railroad. Joe has studied Dramatic Arts at Hofstra University and Delaware County Community College.

    Kurt Runco has worked with several area theatres including Vagabond, The Arden, Azuka Theatre Collective, Walnut Street Theatre, and The Brick Playhouse. He was last seen outside of The Waitstaff in Eternal Spiral Project’s production of “Miss Julie.” Kurt also co-wrote and performed in the 2001 Philadelphia Fringe Festival hit, "Brinskmanship!"

    Carolyn West has had over 75 short plays produced around the U.S. by more than 20 theater companies. Locally her work has been performed by such theaters as The Brick Playhouse, City Theater Company of Wilmington, T H E A T R I X, and The Theoretical Theater Company. 18 of her plays and short stories have been published and/or anthologized.

Performance History

September 2007 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

     Plays and Players Theater

     Philadelphia, PA

    March 2007 Upstairs@ World Café Live

     Philadelphia, PA December 2006 World Café Live

     Philadelphia, PA June 2006 World Café Live

     Philadelphia, PA

    January 2006 Chicago Sketch Fest

     Chicago, IL

    December 2003 2006 The Five Spot

     Philadelphia, PA

     Monthly Sketch Comedy Show

     Audiences of over 100 people.

     Brand new show each month.

    December 2005 Stand Up New York

     New York, NY

     Part of an HBO sponsored showcase November 2005 Drexel University

     Philadelphia, PA

    September 2005 Ursinus College

     Collegeville, PA

    September 2005 Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival

     Philadelphia, PA

    July 2005 WXPN All About the Music Festival

     Camden, NJ

     Annual music and performance festival, including The Indigo Girls

     and Patty Smith

    April 2005 World Café Live

     Philadelphia, PA January 2005 Chicago Sketch Fest

     Chicago, IL

    September 2004 Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival

     Philadelphia, PA

    May 2004 Common Basis Theatre

     New York, NY

    April 2004 Stand Up New York

     New York, NY November 2003 Common Basis Theater

     New York, NY

     Part of “No Name and a Bag of Chips” show November 2003 Mum Puppettheatre

     Philadelphia, PA

     Debut performance

    Here’s what the press has said about

    The Waitstaff

    "The Waitstaff, Philadelphia's hottest sketch-comedy troupe, is serving up a helping of ridiculous-to-raunchy appetizers that leave the overflow crowd of 100 full to the funny bone."

    Annette John-Hall, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 2004.

Philadelphia City Paper award for Hardest Working Comedy Troupe, -- “the quick-

    change artistry is top-notch.”

    Philadelphia City Paper 10/28 11/4/04

“The Waitstaff's ideas converge in a cohesive, uninterrupted sequence of events.”

    Andrew Parks, “Arts Pick”, The City Paper, July 1 2004

    “A little silly, a little naughty, quirky and quick: That’s The Waitstaff, Philadelphia’s trend setting sketch comedy troupe… It's the sort of comedy that kids love, parents disapprove of, and adults find irresistibly hilarious even while shaking their heads.”

    Mark Cofta, Main Line Times, June 22, 2004

“The Waitstaff… one of the funniest groups of people to hit the Philly Stages.”

    Philadelphia Daily News, November 7, 2003

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