Beauty Love Truth! Wonderful guest musicians play a few of their songs, and after each song, the rotating cast of improvisers (from UCB, Second City, IO, Magnet Theater, the PIT, everywhere!) create scenes inspired by the mood, images, themes, or words from the song. Nothing is planned; sweet, tragic, or ridiculous relationships unfold, worlds are created or destroyed, souls enlightened or crushed, and magic truths underscored with laughter.
Performed in NYC at Barrow Street Theater, Union Hall, The PIT, Standard Toykraft, Magnet (and annually in Calgary, AB, Canada with local musicians and improvisers.) We hope to bring the show to more cities so people can create their own forms based on the model and foster more music/comedy crossovers.
Below is the cast photo from the show that featured Georgia and Ira of Yo La Tengo and Joe Garden from the Onion, who did the introduction! Check the site for the full list of the amazing musicians, improvisers, and emcees.
Video of over a decade of shows will be posted soon!
“As the quiet chaos of the comings and goings and People With Keys continues throughout the evening into the night, the writers work. It is equal-parts newsroom budget meeting and Saturday Night Live bull session – demanding, funny, intense. At the moment, the crew is still searching for a slogan that will sum up a holiday special that attempts to persuade all religions to embrace materialism the way Christians have with Christmas. Slogans are tossed out. Some are met with indifference, silence, polite chuckles. Then, out of nowhere, Manning says, “Consume All Ye Faithful.” Ding-ding-ding. We have a winner. But there are no high-fives, no exaggerated back-pats, just a natural move to the next order of business: There’s more work to be done, as show time is two days away.”