Crossroads Comedy Theater announces new programming, including “Lockin’ Up: A Black Pro-wrestling Podcast”

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Crossroads Comedy Theater, the theater company that offers live comedy in a safe and accessible way for performers and audiences, is proud to announce a series of upcoming new programming, featuring the return of their crowd favorites STUDY HALL and NOT YET RATED: AN IMPROVISED MOVIE.  In addition to these shows, the company is announcing the launch of their newest podcast, LOCKIN’ UP: A BLACK PRO-WRESTLING PODCAST. 

STUDY HALL celebrated seven hysterical years this past April and marches toward its eighth with these upcoming shows. Join Drexel University Professor Michael Yudell as he leads a virtual classroom where lectures and current events inspire comedy created on the spot. Guests will present a lecture from their field for discussion, after which a cast of Philly’s funniest performers will use what they’ve learned (or didn’t) to improvise hilarious scenes right before the audience’s eyes.

Upcoming online performances; all pay what you decide:
May 22, 2021 at 7PM
June 19, 2021 at 7PM: Juneteenth Celebration Show: In honor of Juneteenth, this show will be comprised completely of Black lecturers and performers
June 27, 2021 at 7PM

In a world filled with movies, this one is made up just for you! NOT YET RATED puts genre tropes and audience suggestions into a blender to create a completely new and fully improvised show right before the audience’s eyes! Covering action, horror, sci-fi, rom-com, and beyond, the audience chooses the type of movie they want to see and leave the rest to the talented cast of improvisation actors. Put in some popcorn, grab a large soda, and enjoy. If you see one improvised movie this year, make it this one. 
Upcoming online performances; all pay what you decide: May 22, 2021 at 8:30PM

LOCKIN’ UP: A BLACK PRO-WRESTLING PODCAST features James B. Knight, Marcely Jean-Pierre, and Keane Cobb.  The podcast will discuss and explore Black contributions to professional wrestling and provide commentary on current events in the industry.  Listeners can tune in and follow on  iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or at

Additional Crossroads Comedy Theater podcasts include:

Crossroads Comedy Theater offers live comedy in a safe and accessible way for performers and audiences. Their mission is to forge connections in a virtual community through entertainment and education. What makes Crossroads Comedy Theater unique is its ability to localize itself to several communities at once through the virtual sphere.  As live venues reopen, the company will aim to also perform both public and private shows across the country, so audiences will be able to check them out in person, online, on the air, or in the air (if they’re tuning in mid-flight). 

“Our performers and audiences are based all over the United States, which began out of necessity during the pandemic, but has grown into one of our greatest strengths,” notes founder Mike Marbach. “No matter where you’ve been, where you are, or where you’re going, Crossroads Comedy Theater has something to offer you.”

Crossroads Comedy Theater was founded in 2021 by Marbach. Previously, Mike served as Education Director (2011-2017) and Artistic Director (2017-2020) at Philly Improv Theater, where he also taught, directed, and performed. After the theater closed due to Covid-19, Mike found that many of the performers he most often worked with were interested in continuing to find ways to create. Marbach started by working with casts to bring his STUDY HALL: COMEDY INSPIRED BY LECTURES  and NOT YET RATED: AN IMPROVISED MOVIE to the online world.  After dozens of comedy shows and podcast recordings, each with their own websites, social media, and ticketing systems, Mike decided it was best to pull everything under one roof.  Thus, Crossroads Comedy Theater was born.

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