The unofficial godfather of downtown performance, Tom Murrin (aka Alien Comic) takes us on a talking tour of his life - and of his travels through avant garde theatre in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s! - with The Talking Show: The Magical Ridiculous Journey of Alien Comic. He was a teenage magician, a Jesuit schoolboy, a Los Angeles trial lawyer, a LaMama playwright in the 60s, a traveling street performer peddling his wares from Seattle to Calcutta, and finally a pioneer in the performance scene that sprang up in the East Village in the 1980s. He tells wildly entertaining stories of his youth in Los Angeles, where he wore Frank Sinatra's suit and asked Jane Russell to perform at a pep rally. Murrin also takes the audience on a ride through the American avant garde from the 60s thru the 80s: He wrote plays alongside the likes of Sam Shepard at Ellen Stewart's first LaMama, performed with the original Playhouse of the Ridiculous, got busted in Brussels where the police carried the 16 foot phallus from his play "Cockstrong" through the city, and wound up performing on the streets of Soho with Stuart Sherman. Murrin has been there from the beginning and lived to tell the tale. Speaking with wild-eyed excitement, Murrin hits you with history, hilarity, and his extraordinary generosity of spirit and innocence. It must be seen and heard to be believed.
Sexton met Murrin in 1980 after watching him perform as the opening act for The Stranglers at Irving Plaza. She began performing with him shortly after that, appearing in "Alien Comic Dies Ten Times in One Performance" at CBGB in 1982 and going on to perform her own act, DANCENOISE, in the series he curated at Performance Space 122 called "The Full Moon Show." The Talking Show has been developed via a series of readings at Bowery Poetry Club over the past yea
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