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What he does: Tells memorable tales at shows such as RISK!; hosts Moth StorySLAMs—and has won two himself; produces his own series, Ask Me Stories; chronicled life as a gay, goth Texan teen in his solo show Bad Kid.
Why we love him: Though Crabb’s stories have polish, they’re deeply felt and inevitably reveal his kindly, humanistic tendencies. Whether he’s animating the world of a scared tween shoplifter, a fabulous Cousin Itt–like best friend or his good ol’ boy of a father, he brings his dramatis personae to life with carefully chosen words and more than a touch of theatrical flair. Who she is: An actor, writer and creative cabaret performer whose jaw-dropping demons are unleashed onstage
What she does: Creates her own character pieces for downtown theaters such as P.S. 122; has a recurring solo cabaret show at Joe’s Pub with Kenny Mellman; kicked out jams by Justin Bieber and Celine Dion at pop-song pageant Our Hit Parade.
Why we love her: Markey’s potent performances uproot and expose a dark, saucy and unstoppable id for all to see. And though she channels remarkable monsters while singing, say, Usher’s “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” she is also unabashed in her willingness to get silly and personify a pillow. Audiences, for their part, walk away suitably stunned and giddy.
Time Out Live happens at the UCBEast on Nov 7. Get tickets at east.ucbtheatre.com.