For in-the-know New York residents, the city’s downtown is currently in a renaissance of live comedy. There are great shows with killer lineups every night of the week. It’s great! But with a scene this vibrant, dedicated show-goers are repeatedly faced with an inevitable question: which to choose? National headliner and ECNY nomineee Tom Shillue can answer this question once a month.
Shillue’s new monthly show is called Tell: Worlds Collide. It happens once a month at the Comix comedy club, and features the unique twist of being a comedy show comprised entirely of storytelling. Well known standups, improvisers and sketch performers fill the bill, but they won’t be performing their regular material. Each performer reaches into his/her arsenal of personal experience to unleash a personal yarn upon the crowd. Big names from across the comedic map come together to present a one-of-kind evening of highly personal, first-person ha ha.
“Comedic storytelling is a really fun alternative genre to standard stand-up,” says Michael Showalter, who appears on the next Tell show. “It’s not about one-two punch jokes — it’s about crafting really good stories. Other storytelling shows usually run the emotional gamut — funny, sad, spooky, enlightening… But Tom’s show is 100% funny. I’m excited.”
Shillue was no doubt influenced by his involvement with The Moth live storytelling series. And longer bits that veer off from the one-two, joke-punchline format have long been a staple of the alternative comedy scene, but this show takes it to the next level. This month, Shillue welcomes Showalter, Andrea Rosen, Aasif Mandvi, Boris Timonovsky, and Reggie Watts.
Tickets are $10, and can be bought by calling 212.524.2500, ordering online at the Comix web site, or by showing up at the box office. There’s also a two drink minimum. Check out the Tell Facebook page for more information. You can also follow the show on Twitter.