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New York's finest improvisers join forces with New York's finest poets in a unique format that is part comedy show, part poetry feature and completely unpredictable.
It all begins with an exquisite corpse written collaboratively, line-by-line by the audience beforehand. The improvisers then delve in, building an entire world around the themes and imagery of the poem and inhabiting it with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heartbreakingly tragic, and everything in between.
Along the way, the show is fueled by the amazing work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the country and across the globe, shaking the rafters and rousing souls with original poetry that is raw, personal and profound.
The whole show ends with the performance of a brand new poem written on the spot and inspired by the entire show. It's comedy, it's poetry, it's theater and art. It is everything you came to this New York to see.
The cast includes performers and poets with credits from This American Life, NPR, The Onion, The Second City, The Truth Podcast, Reductress and Story Pirates.
"Kiss Punch Poem is a rare find... uproarious and heartfelt." – Time Out Chicago
"[KissPunchPoem] celebrates the fresh and surprising associations that are generated by both improv and poetry." - The American Reader
"Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam. It was exhilarating." – Mark Smith (founder of Slam Poetry)
NYC's premiere comedy nightclub, Cartolines on Broadway presents the biggest stars of television, movies, and the national stand-up circuit seven nights a week. The television studio-like showroom has won numerous architectural awards for its lush wood and brushed metal design, and can accommodate over 250 people. A wide assortment of food and drink is available during the show, and fine dining is available before or after the show in the intimate supper lounge.
There is a two drink minimum for all shows
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind...
The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs and sultry confessions to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity.
The cast includes a fistful of NYC's best improvisers and Magnet faculty with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, The Second City, The Onion, Just For Laughs, Story Pirates, NPR and at least one Primetime Emmy loser.
Before the show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions which the improvisers will use onstage.
Now, doesn't it feel good to get that off your chest?
The Made-Up Musical sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one of a kind musical comedy every week! After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama you'd expect from our friends on Broadway.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with various forms of improv comedy. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week.
Mike Birbiglia declares that a joke should never end with 'I'm joking.' In his all-new comedy, Birbiglia tiptoes hilariously through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at. Ultimately it's a show that asks, "How far should we go for the laugh?"
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Musical Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with a completely improvised musical. No two shows are the same; come see what your favorites are up to this week!
John Legend presents Neal Brennan 3 Mics, a new comedy from the co-creator of Chappelle's Show. Using his extensive experience working behind the scenes in the world of comedy, Neal takes the stage alternating between three separate microphones, each giving voice to the various aspects of his life. With bracing honesty, he reveals challenges that have shaped who he is today, life as a soloist with shoddy confidence and building a life in the shadow of parental abuse and alcoholism.
Using true stories from her life, Alicia Dattner outlines a recipe for disaster: take one virgin, two boyfriends, several dozen lovers, half a dysfunctional family, and one comedian. Bake 15 years, sprinkle a pinch of polyamory, serve hot, and voila! The result is this sizzling, breathtakingly funny show about love addiction directed by Tom Bentley-Fisher.
After failing to talk a neighbor from committing suicide, actor, writer, and comedian JD Cerna ended up in therapy suffering with PTSD symptoms. When the medications he had been prescribed fail to help, he opted for pet therapy, but the pet – an obese cat with problems of its own ultimately lands him on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.
Does that sound like a starter recipe for a comedy routine? Well, if you are JD Cerna, it is the perfect recipe.
Out of that life altering tragedy comes Problem Cat - a frenzied 80-minute one-man show written and performed by Cerna, in which he plays at least ten different characters, including an obese tabby cat.
A weekly round of Russian Roulette featuring two veteran improv teams perform in their own unique and seasoned styles.
Saturday at 6pm - The PERFECT time to get your jaded mind blown by four excellent improv ensembles. Will the local neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you? The Rundown features different groups each week and a stellar mix of experienced veterans with up-and-coming performers ready to bring it.
A weekly comedy variety show featuring improv, sketch, and standup from New York's rising stars.
"Reliably one of the best improv performances in the city." - New York Times
"Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney's fantastic late night show is upbeat and impressively layered improv that is always worth checking out." - Splitsider.com
"Improv duo Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney meld playful physical transformation and careful scenework in a weekly show that delivers an impressively quick and detailed overlap of events in its conclusion." - TimeOut New York
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Watch 6 of New York's best improvisers perform organic freeform improvisation in two mind blowing parts.
The Weave is an organically improvised tour-de-force. Each scene blends and bleeds into the next as the players work seamlessly together to establish totally different worlds that eventually meld together. There are no wrong moves, and when organic connections are made, there is nothing funnier.
"Playing to a packed house of comedy fans, the formless improv features the best of Magnet's current crew."- Splitsider
"Best Weekly Show"- Splitsider