Michael Rubino

Photo by Michael Rubino / Courtesy of Arcade Comedy Theater

Anyone who’s seen “Saturday Night Live,” “Mad TV” or any one of countless other TV comedy shows knows about the sketch – a scripted performance piece that spins out a comic idea or scenario over the course of a few minutes. 

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When Michael Rubino envisions the future of the Strip District, he sees a grand marketplace at the site of the old Pennsylvania Fruit Auction and Sales building, with a farmer’s market, restaurants, business incubators, Amish craftspeople and closeout vendors.