Next show – June 21-23 in NYC:
Mediocrity: A Sophomore Effort
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“If Radiolab and Flight of the Conchords had a baby that was delivered by Eddie Izzard at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the home movie footage of that childbirth procedure would be kind of like this show.”
“Hilariously loopy! The personable, polymathic comedian…wisecracks his way to an oddly moving and serious definition of art.” —LA WEEKLY
“Pick of the week!“ —KCRW
“This show will invert your sense of self while radically shifting the outdated and narrow paradigms with which you feebly perceive this world.“ —DAVID EGAN
Psycho-Intellectual Equipment for the Post-Everything Age
Of an evening—through diagrams, theories and preposterous arcana—humorist Brendan Hughes offers a selection of his twelve comic, ontological mini-lectures drawn from the darkest corners of the Wikiverse… from Euclid’s drug-induced perfect rectangle to Plato’s penchant for name-dropping, from Julius Caesar’s IT department to Pope Gregory XIII’s time warping proclivities, Miles Davis’s unplayed notes to Wolfgang A. Mozart’s delicious command of restraint… all in a valiant attempt to double-click on the Universe.
Traveling with a projection screen, a theremin, a microphone, and often his friend Jeff Dinsmore to sing songs about it all, Brendan will come to your town and tickle your brain.
Consider these topics:
Time Goes Sideways: in which we emancipate ourselves from time’s oppressive concatenation through forgiveness of its slippery simultaneity and a befriending of our future selves
The Human Slouch Towards Narrative: in which we burst from the invisible prison of narrative and behold our five concurrent self-deceptions
The Oomphalos: in which we penetrate the nature of truth in the arts and subject them to Plato’s indictment
The “Death” of “Irony”: in which we defragment the snarkified lens through which we now experience all culture and give birth to a new emotion for the twenty-first century
Where Do We Come From: in which we forge a new religion based on universal criteria, that we might systematize our beliefs into a one-of-a-kind synthesis
Great ‘Fuck-it’s in History: in which we dive deep into the psyches of human’s with nothing left to lose, from Chuck Yeager to Paul Gauguin, who plunge forth rather than cower at pivotal moments in their lives. An epic poem in forty-four stanzas.
Euclid’s Dilemma: in which we glean wisdom from the hilariously tragic story of the world’s first disrupter
Mediocrity and the Infinite Badness: in which we root out the societal scourge of meh, that we might as a nation take up psychological arms against it
The Future Will Eat Death: in which we release ourselves from the ultimate driving fear and stride backward into the bosom of things to come
Anatomical Secrets to Authenticity: in which we unlock the resonance of or body parts that we may vibrate more harmoniously with disarming truths
The Post-Everything Age: in which we push the needle of our own Gestalt down into the groove of the Zeitgeist that we may abandon our flights of Weltschmerz in favor of our own personal Gesamptkunstwerk
Joli-laid and the Bottlecap Guitars: in which we dwell in the dispicable, the wrong and the depraved that we may astonish ourselves with gold in the cosmic junkyard
The Pizzicato Effect: in which uncover the undeniable power negative space in the arts has to connect us
Introductory Remarks from Misha Collins
Hilariously loopy! The Personable, polymathic comedian… wisecracks his way to an oddly moving and serious definition of art.
He’s gonna be a big star…
I saw this performed last week and can’t recommend it enough. Incredibly funny and dazzlingly intelligent. I laughed, I cried, I learned the secrets of the Universe.
Brendan is hilarious… I love him.
…clever, amusing, and then unexpectedly something more, a magician’s jerk of the tablecloth that rearranges all the elements of comedy…
This guy is the real deal. he and his brain take you on a truly fantastic journey.
This guy is probably the definition of intelligent humor. He discusses great theories and scientific methods, but does it in a way that is funny if you pay enough attention.
This show will invert your sense of self while radically shifting the outdated and narrow paradigms with which you feebly perceive this world.
Move over Lettermen and Leno, there’s a new kid in town.
Smarter than most comics — funnier than most smart people. Love the way this guy’s brain works!