Solo shows with character
Intriguing one-person pieces summon personages from this planet and others.
Wed Oct 16 2013
Photograph: Manuel Harlan
The character: ’40s and ’50s counterculture nightclub icon
How it works: For more than a decade, Broder has been faithfully re-creating the hypnotically highbrow bebop routines of Buckley, who wowed back in the day with jazzy, irreverent riffs about Jesus (“The Nazz”), among other subjects.
The character: Her father, George Carlin
How it works: Combining memories of her dad with footage of his caustic and carefully constructed rants, the storyteller aims to provide a portrait of home life with the comedian.
The character: An otherworldly, yowling version of herself
How it works: Markey’s bold cabaret act matches original tunes or remade, ribald Top 40 hip-hop hits with bizarre stories of (among other things) her Bible Belt childhood.
Erin Markey performs at Joe’s Pub Wed 23.
The character: Personalities from odd American subcultures
How it works: A professional “infiltrator,” Leon reports back from America’s Most Beautiful Baby Contest and the prank show he created with O.J. Simpson.