BriTANick "not above fart jokes" in Theatre 99 run 

(Sort of) Smart, Snappy

If there's one thing that's bound to screw up a long-form sketch comedy show, it's a lightning raid made by a time cop. When he zaps the performers into an Infinity Prison, nine times out of 10, the production is a bust.

Fortunately for them, Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney (aka BriTANick) have a solution. Incarceration in an Infinity Prison is a lot like being trapped in a video, so they've figured out a way to project that video and interact with it during their show. Since they're best known for their hilarious online skits, they entertain the audience even when they're glued to a video screen.

The Infinity Prison, Kocher and McElhaney's science fiction farce, makes up one half of their one-hour show. It's one long sketch that taps the humorous potential of time travel, paradoxes, and suspected drug use.

"Our comedy ranges from absurd stuff to quick, snappy dialogue," Kocher says. "We're not above fart jokes. When our comedy is described as 'smart,' we're flabbergasted."

Yet BriTANick finds itself continually exploring themes of identity, creating characters unsure of what they are, or who the voices in their heads belong to.

"For example," Kocher says, "in one of our online videos, there's a guy hitting on his own reflection, who is a separate entity completely."

Kocher and McElhaney have created a multitude of short, stupid videos that they upload onto their site as well as free online channels like FunnyorDie.com and CollegeHumor.com. With millions of filmmakers doing the same, how can BriTANick hope to stand out?

"It gives us 10 times more exposure than an entire run of a live show," Kocher says. "We make a little bit of money from selling temporary exclusive rights to Cracked.com. Nobody really knows whether these videos are the right way to go, but we try to do the best we can anyway."

More than anything, the videos are an exercise in profile-building. New Yorkers see the clips, then they come to see the duo's live shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on West 26th, witnessing productions that draw some of their inspiration from cult TV comedies.

"Our shows come across as South Park-ish without the gross-out stuff, or Monty Python, but not quite as crazy."

Aside from The Infinity Prison, BriTANick's Theatre 99 show will consist of more sketch comedy and possibly some short video skits.

With only three shows in this run, Kocher and McElhaney will be providing an all-too-limited glimpse of some smart, time-tripping, well-oiled humor.

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