Alternative-style stand-up showcase "Drink At
Work" finds a new home at Comix's new secondary stage, Ochi's Lounge.
"Drink At Work" host Sean Crespo.
At Work” show, curated by Sean Crespo and Carol Hartsell, is a great way
to see high quality developing stand-up comedy talent. Their show,
previously seen at Rififi,
has resurfaced at Ochi’s Lounge, the new “underground” venue at Comix in
the Meatpacking District of New York.
“Drink At Work” is now Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Seen December 8, the show
featured Jamie Kilstein, Joselyn Hughes, Leo Allen, a set by Hartsell
herself and cameos by Neil Padover and Benari Poulten as “newsies”
characters interrupting Crespo, who hosted. “Drink At Work” is also well
tied together by Crespo and the film shorts he introduced, as well as
his banter with the newsies.
Kilstein and Hughes both had some good material, but it’s impossible to
tell if their acts extend far beyond the 10 or 15 minutes each had in
this show. Kilstein, well, killed, with a bit about rampant homophobia
in his family, and Hughes mocks the idea of a rape whistle being any use
whatsoever. “How about a rape gun, or a rape knife?” she asks.
And Hartsell had a novel piece, a sing song lament of her love life
combined with a dig at beautiful but vapid girls. But the highlight of
this edition was the closing spot by Allen, a former SNL writer who, in
his storytelling style that avoids jokey punchlines, regaled the
audience with tales of finding oneself in McDonald’s in the small hours.
Of the two film shorts screened, the more effective one was a fake
commercial for “Rectalieve,” that plays off of the reduced period pill
for women, to give men only two major farts a year -- of course, always
on January 2 and July 5 -- this piece is that droll. The Drink At Work
cast performed in the piece, which was written by Andres du Bouchet.
“Drink At Work” has been running for several years already, and
admittedly, this review may be late to the party, but if you haven’t
heard of it, you won’t be disappointed.
“Drink At Work” plays the main room of Comix on Wednesday, December
12 with special guest John Oliver of The Daily Show.