In the Press
We got some Press:
Local comic Jess Carpenter produces a show at L’Etage on the Third Thursday of every month called
Comedian Deconstruction. Two or three local standup acts perform a 10- to 15-minute set on a specific theme, and then their act is sketched out by different local improv troupes. Next week’s theme is “sports”. LOL WITH IT favs Pat Barker andSydney Gantt will be “deconstructed” byGrimacchio (Jason Grimley and Ralph Andracchio) and Nielsen (Abigail Bruley, Brad Zinn, Dan Corkery, Jacqueline Baker, Kate Banford, Katie Monaco, Meredith Weir, and Molly Silverman).
Carpenter previously paired up groups to comedians via random assignment. Now he says, “I don’t do the out-of-the-hat thing anymore, because when certain comedians are paired with specific improv groups, it’s really magic.”
The 42-year-old part-time graphic designer is excited to appeal his show to the dating scene. “I think this is the greatest cheap date ever. The food at L’Etage is cheap, they can go to South Street for drinks, they can see a show afterward, they can walk off the alcohol on South Street, it’s perfect!”
I checked out a recent installment, the “Dirty Show” featuring alarmingly inappropriate comedy from opening act Steve Miller and deconstructees Frank Genzano and Mayo. Their acts were improvised by A Romp with Steve & Andy and Hate Speech Committee. Truly wild! It’s one of the best comedy show concepts in Philly. You have to see it for yourself.
Philadelphia Weekly says
The mind of a comedian is a dark and complex place to visit. It’s a bubbling cauldron of stark contrasts and conflicts that, when expelled, produce an energy so powerful, a humane connection so strong, it relieves a room full of people of their own subconscious and repressed desires. Comedian Deconstruction endeavors to reach inside the psyches of its stand-up comedians through an improv interpretation of their acts. Tonight, the theme is “That’s What She Said,” and it’s an all-girl lineup. The improv teams of Ebony and Ivory and Bandaid Chorleson will be deconstructing the humor of Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski, unfolding their minds like a sick, Freudian origami swan. -Abigail Bruley
7:30pm. Free. L’etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656. comediandeconstruction.com