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  1. Photograph: Manuel Harlan
    Photograph: Manuel Harlan

    Jake Broder

  2. Photograph: Courtesy Monster Cable
    Photograph: Courtesy Monster Cable

    Kelly Carlin

  3. Erin Markey

Solo shows with character

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

The performer: Jake Broder in <em>His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley</em>
  • Theater
  • Comedy

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.

The performer: Erin Markey
  • Music
  • Cabaret and standards

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.

  • Comedy
  • Solo shows

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.

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