Solo shows with character

Intriguing one-person pieces summon personages from this planet and others.



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  • Photograph: Manuel Harlan

    Jake Broder

  • Photograph: Courtesy Monster Cable

    Kelly Carlin

  • Erin Markey

Photograph: Manuel Harlan

Jake Broder

The performer: Jake Broder in His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley

The character: ’40s and ’50s counterculture nightclub icon
Lord Buckley

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.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Tue Oct 22
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The performer: Kelly Carlin in A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George

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.

  1. Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St, at Seventh Ave South
  2. Thu Oct 17 - Sat Oct 19
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The performer: Erin Markey

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.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Oct 23
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The performer: Harmon Leon in Yank Me

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.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Tue Oct 22
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