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COMEDY ‌ Unbuckling the Bible Belt

COMEDY ‌ Unbuckling the Bible Belt

Matt Besser's one-man show tolerates his own religious upbringing

"I have problems describing the show," says alt-comedy vet Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade, Crossballs). "It's a funny show, but it's not about topics people usually think about when they are talking about comedy."

REVIEW ‌ Woo Pig Sooie!

Absolutely Kosher


Matt Besser's one-man show attacks a wide variety of topics with the sharpest sword of them all: wit

COMEDY ‌ Pu-Pu Platter

COMEDY ‌ Pu-Pu Platter

Theatre 99's Finale Jam provides a comedy mash-up of the best this year's series has to offer

p>You're not alone if you've looked at Theatre 99's Piccolo Fringe schedule this year —nearly a dozen top-shelf comedy acts from near and afar, spanning 17 days at both the American Theater and Theatre 99 — and been a little intimidated. There's sketch comedy galore, one-handers, a Star Wars trilogy reenactment, straight plays, backwards plays, comic history, an SNL cast member, and a cornucopia of improv — from Shakespeare-style long-form to the talk-show format of Mary Kay Has a Posse and the short-form games of The Have Nots!

REVIEW ‌ One Man Star Wars

REVIEW ‌ One Man Star Wars

Watching Charles Ross is way more fun than sitting through an ass-numbing seven hours of intergalactic battle

Give this man a Han, and a Luke, and a Leia, and a droid or two

REVIEW ‌ We Used to Go Out

REVIEW ‌ We Used to Go Out

Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in The Break Up? Oh, please — see this instead.

We Used to Go Out keeps it real — hilariously real, that is

COMEDY ‌ Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

COMEDY ‌ Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Breaking up is hard to do, says this stellar comedy duo

If watching Jessica St. Clair on stage is even half as funny as having a telephone conversation with her, We Used To Go Out is going to be the sleeper hit of the festival. Together with long-term comedy partner Jason Mantzoukas, with whom she's performed over the last 10 years, St. Clair is bringing the already well-received 50-minute show about a doomed relationship to Theatre 99 — and if you know what's good for you, you'll be there too.

REVIEW ‌ Wreckage-o-Rama

Gags galore, but if it’s rapier wit you’re after, move on

This show will crack you up—if you’re under 12, that is.

COMEDY ‌ Elizabethantown

COMEDY ‌ Elizabethantown

Chicago's Improvised Shakespeare Company hones its Piccolo Fringe act to a fare thee well

William Shakespeare was best loved, not by the highbrow cultural elitists of his time, but by the poor slobs who comprised the bulk of his audience. The groundlings, as they were known, occupied the equivalent of today's nosebleed section — though, as it happens, they were down in the mud at the foot of the stage instead of in the rafters.

COMEDY ‌ Crash Into Me

COMEDY ‌ Crash Into Me

There's little room for subtlety in Wreckage-O-Rama's blend of physical comedy and slapstick

Pat Ferri is a man who doesn't mind tripping in front of large audiences. In fact, tripping in front of large audiences is kind of Ferri's job.

REVIEW ‌ You’re Welcome for What You’re About to See

Quirky and occasionally giggle-worthy characters can’t bring this uneven comedic amalgam to surface.

Not yet a “Thank you” for You’re Welcome

COMEDY ‌ Horatio Sanz

COMEDY ‌ Horatio Sanz

SNL mainstay to rock the house during Piccolo Fringe

Let's face it: Horatio Sanz is a big star, even if he is Chilean. As such, there was no way in hell this little, insignificant arts and entertainment paper was ever going to get an interview with the funniest big man on Saturday Night Live since Chris Farley.

REVIEW ‌ Horatio Sanz and the Kings of Improv

Sanz and his Kings provide a nonstop, graceful train wreck of improv

Just what do balls and the Easter Bunny have in common?

REVIEW ‌ Rode Hard and Put Away Wet

These two sure can make the children of the ’80s laugh at themselves

Ode to Generation Y-Me

COMEDY ‌ The Have Nots!

The Have Nots! jam with their Fringe guests

Less generous-of-spirit people than Timmy Finch, Brandy Sullivan, and Greg Tavares might look back on their history with Piccolo Spoleto festival and feel justified in gloating a little. The trio formed the comedy improv group The Have Nots!

REVIEW ‌ Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Co.

Reliable company brings many laughs to Theatre 99

Improv lovers: We bid thee love UCB.

REVIEW ‌ Elephant Larry

Intelligent and funny, but not as tight as it could be

NYC’s sketch-comedy troupe Elephant Larry put on a solid, but not spectacular, show at the American Theater on Saturday night. Returning to Charleston after a successful run at January’s Charleston Comedy Festival, Larry lived up to some expectations but were often uneven.

REVIEW ‌ Complete History of Charleston for Morons

REVIEW ‌ Complete History of Charleston for Morons

Don’t be a moron — go see this comic crash-course in Chucktown history

Theatre 99 covers 300 years of Holy City history in a fun-packed 70 minutes

COMEDY ‌ Rode Hard Put Away Wet

COMEDY ‌ Rode Hard Put Away Wet

Comediennes return to Charleston with souped-up show, careers

A lot has happened in the lives of June Raphael and Casey Wilson since they rocked the house during the 2005 Charleston Comedy Festival with their deservedly sold-out show, Rode Hard and Put Away Wet. First, UPN hired them to put together a pilot for a possible television series.

COMEDY ‌ Upright Citizens Brigade

COMEDY ‌ Upright Citizens Brigade

Make 'em-up pros return to Charleston with improvising on their minds

The last time New York City-based Upright Citizens Brigade’s Touring Company (UCB TourCo) came to town, director/performer Eli Newell got himself in trouble for dissing Chicago-style improv. Apparently a few drinks with a coquettish City Paper reporter were enough to loosen Newell's tongue a little too much.

COMEDY ‌ Skinny White Comics

COMEDY ‌ Skinny White Comics

CofC actor returns for Piccolo as 'star' comic

David Lee Nelson had no idea that he would be returning to his alma mater as a "star of tomorrow" when he approached Todd McNerney, the chair of the theatre department at the College of Charleston, about performing in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Nelson had kept in touch with McNerney, his former voice professor.

REVIEW ‌ Skinny White Comics

REVIEW ‌ Skinny White Comics

Old school observational humor done right.

Skinny White Comics soak up the laughs with their stand-up

COMEDY ‌ You're Welcome for What You're About to See

No thank yous necessary for Charlie Sanders

Don't let the haughty words of Sir Charles Henry Sanders III fool you. He may pompously proclaim that he "lets the audience buy the ticket and then provides them the ride of their lives," or that he "grants you the opportunity to look at his exquisitely handcrafted characters," but Charlie Sanders' one-man show, You're Welcome for What You're About to See, is all about taking the piss out of the pretentiousness of one-man shows.

Elephant Larry

Elephant Larry

For this New York sketch outfit, what's not said is often as funny as what is

First things first: There is nobody named Larry in Elephant Larry, and they have nothing to do with elephants per se. The five members of Elephant Larry — otherwise known as Geoff Haggerty, Stefan Lawrence, Chris Principe, Jeff Solomon, and Alex Zalben — are New Yorkers though and through, Cornell University grads all, who now live and work in Manhattan and have never traveled anywhere remotely near Africa or southern Asia.

COMEDY ‌ History of Charleston for Morons

COMEDY ‌ History of Charleston for Morons

Theatre 99 perfects its historical comedy show just in time for the Fringe

Many people admire Charleston’s lush history. Some take that legacy a little too seriously, with an anal-retentive obsession for its early people and architecture.

COMEDY ‌ One Man Star Wars

COMEDY ‌ One Man Star Wars

Charlie Ross' Trilogy is a comedic power to be reckoned with

Charlie Ross does a remarkable impersonation of an Imperial Walker. True, an Imperial Walker doesn't have much personality, but what makes Ross' representation so effective is that he's not merely pretending to amble about like one of the 100-foot-tall armored behemoths from George Lucas' film The Empire Strikes Back; he's re-creating the entire opening scene from the Star Wars trilogy's second film, in which a half dozen of the creature-shaped supertanks attack an outpost of the Rebel Alliance on the ice planet Hoth.

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REVIEW ‌ Topdog/Underdog

Excellent performances bring dimension to Suzan-Lori Parks’ meaty psychological play

Columbia company delves into gritty sibling rivalry and childhood trauma

REVIEW ‌ A Beautiful View

da da kamera’s final new work is a stunner

Beautiful characters search for happiness in the great unknown

REVIEW ‌ Danny Hoch

Never failing to either entertain or educate — or both at once — Hoch’s performance illuminates the stage with realities of American culture.

One-man show does more to shame you, motivate you, and educate you than Al Gore ever did

OPERA & THEATRE ‌ The View From Here

OPERA & THEATRE ‌ The View From Here

Canadian troupe bows out gracefully with a heartfelt production

"There's a funny thing in our culture with endings; sometimes they're just as joyful as beginnings and better than middles," says co-founder Daniel MacIvor, referring to the end of his company, da da kamera. A Beautiful View is the last new work his Canadian troupe will produce before parting ways next year.

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