Speaking of fringe festivals, these also are the final few days for the FringeNYC, which is more theatrical in nature than about the stand-up comedy. But that’s not stopping some comedians I know from taking part. Jena Friedman just moved to New York City from Chicago and brought the musical parody she wrote with her, along with a cast of Second City alums. It’s called The Refugee Girls Revue, and here, we see said girls flyering for their show outside the object of their satire, the American Girls store. Dave Hill plays the token male in this musical. Shows on Friday and Saturday.
Also, if you love I Eat Pandas, then you’ll be thrilled to learn that Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner are starring in a scripted musical this week. It’s Gem! A Truly Outrageous Parody! And you can still experience it live tonight and Saturday at The Barrow Street Theatre.
Other comedy efforts at the FringeNYC of which I have been made aware include Desiree Burch’s 52-Man Pickup, Chicago sketch group PennyBear, Fancy Guts & Ghosts — a two-woman production out of Seattle, Houston’s Choose Your Own Play with 80 different endings, and countless shows that have not been brought to my attention. If you have time, check one out! Especially one of the first two I mentioned.