Friday, May 09, 2008

Show 40: The Announcement

Photography by Aemiessence Fine Arts

Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer
This was a very special Living Room show! Not only did it turn 40 (performances old), but the co-producers Abbi and Luke unveiled a secret they had been sitting on for three whole days:

They are engaged!

Some of you are saying, "I thought they were engaged years ago," or "I always figured they were brother and sister," or even "What is this? I was trying to get to The Living Room, the music venue". Hunker down, Partner, and read all about the fun surprises each performer revealed.

He's been there since the show started in 2006, and Matt McCarthy returned to lead the following lineup:

Ed Murray
Brent Sullivan
Abbi Crutchfield
Reese Waters
a sketch by Bacivo Nuggets

with special guests Jack Yu and Mark Helphenstein.

Matt confessed his trouble with spelling and the problem it poses to his artistic side.

Matt McCarthy

Ed Murray pondered health insurance for starving artists and the reality of debt that's so close it's like family.

Ed Murray

Chinatown merchant Jack Yu stopped by to sell us generic super hero toys and read us the news. For a white man adopted by a Chinese family, he sure knows how to insult a tourist.

Luke Thayer as Jack Yu

Brent got audience participation to back him up on his crying problem. The same one he's had his entire life.

Brent Sullivan

Abbi returned to the stage to reminisce on dating and dish about Barbara Walters' mild and crazy life.

Abbi Crutchfield

The foremost George Michael impersonator in all of New York, Mark Helphenstein, took center stage to rock out to "Faith". Without his lucky pic, however, the song turned more into a rant session and a vendetta against Matt McCarthy.

Luke Thayer as George Michael Impersonator Mark Helphenstein

Recent March Comedy Madness winner Reese Waters was our final stand-up of the evening and taught us about the difference among Duane Reades in each neighborhood.

Reese Waters

For their first time on the show, the Bacivo Nuggets performed a sketch, a press conference whereby Dr. Seuss defends the private lives of storybook characters. Let's just say Rain Man had good reason to eat Green Eggs and Ham.

Andy Kleiman, Marcus Terry and Jake Serlen of the Bacivo Nuggets

The Hat of Chance selected Reese Waters as the Funniest Comedian of All Time! A first-time recipient, he will hug his new figurine with pride.

Winner!  Reese Waters

Don't miss our next show on May 23rd, the final hurrah before our two-month summer break!

Matt McCarthy

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