Student Feature of the week: Hobo Army

Lehigh University’s Hobo Army performed at Philly Fringe Festival

Lehigh University's Hobo Army performed at Philly Fringe Festival

Lehigh’s Improv Troupe “Hobo Army” opened for the PHIT team at the Philly Fringe Festival last week.

So what (or who) is the Hobo Army?

In this photo: Allison TargoffAlex ThompsonMichael RappKatherine PerryLindsay BrownTom ConnorsHilary Kissinger

The Hobo Army is Lehigh University’s only performing arts troupe devoted to improvised comedy. Performing together for the past four years, they plan to expand their performances to nearby colleges and local theatres as well as national comedy festivals. In March 2008 they were a featured guest at Elizabethtown’s Improv Festival, performing with the resident group Mad Cow, and last spring they hosted Lehigh’s first-ever Improv Festival. Members of the Hobo Army have received training from Matt Holmes of Philly’s Rare Bird Show, PHIT founder Greg Maughan, Bucks County’s improv and sketch group The Piece, and NYC’s Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. They currently perform both short-form, “Whose Line” style games and longform scenic improvisation.

The Hobo Army performs monthly in the Black Box Theatre of Zoellner Arts Center, and is planning their second annual Improv Festival coming up in April ’10. The group has open short-form sessions on Wednesday nights at 10pm in the Black Box – everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. Just show up!
You can contact them directly for more info: or you can find them on Facebook.

Why such a big deal? Take a look at who PHIT is.

Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) is the only long-form improvisation theater in the metro Philadelphia area. PHIT also embraces comedic arts beyond improvisation—creating and producing improv, sketch, and alternate comedy shows in the tradition of theaters like Chicago’s Second City and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade. To further this philosophy, PHIT offers it’s own take on the theories and concepts behind good improvisation in a full curriculum of classes for performers of all skill levels taught by locals and distinguished teachers (including Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre author Keith Johnstone, Kevin Allison from MTV’s The State, and former SNL Writer Ali Farahnakian). Local improv troupes produced and presented by PHIT have toured extensively on both coasts and performed in festivals throughout North America.