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New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
In December, Carousel will feature presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, live drawing, and more!
In Blessed Unrest's A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic meets innovative, socially conscious devised theater. The basics — Ebenezer Scrooge's lonely existence and his life-changing decision to enact positive change in the troubled world around him — stay the same. But this adaptation, written by Matt Opatrny, returns to the little-known origins of its source: a political pamphlet titled "An Appeal to the People of England on Behalf of the Poor Man's Child" that Dickens considered writing but never published. Opatrny's play honors Dickens' original intent of examining an unjust socioeconomic system. Under Jessica Burr's direction, A Christmas Carol becomes a raw, physical, and darkly comic story but remains a family-friendly holiday show. Six performers play 37 characters who speak fluent Dickens, wear quirky costumes, and dance to Lady Gaga.
Ingrid Griffith plays 18 characters in her hilarious, thought-provoking solo show that addresses issues such as immigration, the child left behind, domestic violence, women's rights, celebrating heritage and empowerment.
Doris and Cleveland were dating until Doris took a job out of town for a year. Now with Doris back in town, they try to rekindle the old flame.
Fancy Theater Blues! showcases Rick McCabe, an emerging playwright tackling the trials and tribulations of life in theater. Doing all he can to keep his head above water, McCabe is purposelessly hammered down by a tyrant of a girlfriend. To add pain to injury, a mysterious theater critic, Albert Fish, rips McCabe apart in a scathing review of his latest production, Cunt in Blue Paint! The star of the show, seemingly washed up Gorgeous Marty Makers, struggles with confidence and whether or not gaining the approval of another is worth taking someone's life over. Following tragedy, a questionable and quizzical Detective Billy Catskill berates McCabe with questions that no one can seem to find the answers to. By way of spirit, Gorgeous' daughter Lulu, a practicing Satanist, shows McCabe just what it means to fend for one's self and how ultimately, to Hail Satan!
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?
Take a left at the Texaco on County Road 8, keep right when you pass the barn with the funny roof, and once you start to feel kinda lost, that's how you know you're almost there. It's the town of Cold Lake, bicentennial, and it's time to celebrate. From the ice fishing fleets to Local Artist Linda Klaver's Open Mic Night at Debbie's Bar/Bait Shop, this is their year and gosh darn if they're not gonna shine.
Jacqueline Wade (prouder at Women of Color Films) reimagines this staple of New York City's downtown theater scene, featuring a cast that reflects the diversity of New York. LINE, the longest-running play in Manhattan and the longest-running Off-Off-Broadway show [ever], now has a 21st Century twist. A predominantly African-American, multi-racial cast gives new meaning to Israel Horovitz's ageless parable. Ms. Wade will also host workshops and talk-backs on the issues brought up in this absurdist masterpiece.
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.
Merry Christmas Baby! (Just F**king Die) paints a vivid portrait into the fiction of Ian, who's life unwinds into one of unimaginable discord, hardly harmonious with the conventional customs of Christmas. An epic, enameled with dependence, deceit, dalliance, and dollars, collaged with an especially eccentric lady of the night. Ian's sole source of conscience comes from Jerry, a sincere and necessary source of relief from his constant calamity. An irate girlfriend and lingering lingerie all climax into forcing the audience to wonder why exactly Santa Claus might have shrieked out, Ho! Ho! Ho! into the cold lonely night.
Gotham City Improv presents Off the Top of Our Heads, a short form 11-year running improvisational show. Winners of the 6th Annual Big Apple Improv Awards, the cast of seasoned Improvisers leave no stone unturned as they look for your funny bone. Every Friday night, the cast of veteran Improvisers performs the show literally off the top of their heads, as the entire script is developed live and with suggestions from the audience. Presented in short form, a style of improvised theater in which unrelated game-based scenes take place, Off the Top of Our Heads is fast-paced and audience members are guaranteed an evening of out-of-the-box and fun comedy.
Parental Guidance Suggested is a musical dark comedy about the stressful workday at a daycare from the perspective of Irene, the teacher's assistant who does the dirty work of the job: cleaning, caring for the chaotic kids (played by adult actors), diaper changing, toilet training, the lead teacher's constant criticism, food preparation, and more cleaning – all for minimum wage. Irene breaks the 4th wall to confide in the audience as she deals with the exhausting misery that is her job.
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.
Sandy gained recognition in New York, where she plays music in Times Square and will be featuring her new CD, Dirty F*#cking Oldies, I'm A Naked Jew Yorker, and more song and comedy. She's a regular on Howard Stern, Opie and Anthony, and Jim Norton.
Broadway Comedy Club presents Sunday Night Live, an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy hosted by New York's Prince of Comedy, Jamie Roberts and Justin McClure. The show features both nationally-known headliners and up-and-coming comics.
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever changing attempt to perform 30 original plays in 60 minutes. Off of sold out performances in Chicago since the Reagan era, Too Much Light... invaded New York and has continued to entertain late night audiences around the boroughs with its critically acclaimed energetic show of random original short plays. For each performance the audience chooses the order and the New York Neo-Futurists create a non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, and the visceral and experimental while embracing chance, change and possibly a little chaos.
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Appropriate For Ages: 15 and up
"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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It's time to ring in the season with your favorite singing sister duo from Minnesota…oh ya! Vickie & Nickie are darn-tootin' thrilled to be performing their holiday show again this year at The Duplex in NYC! You betcha they'll getcha in the holiday spirit with side-splitting laughter to the rafters and holiday tunes that'll make your heart croon!
Fresh from their prison tour circuit, the multi-instrumental, singing housewife sister duo are in the big apple for two nights only to celebrate the season "Minnesota-style" with hilarious interpretations of your favorite holiday songs, wacky original tunes, fun family stories and audience participation!
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