Rick Murphy returns with a revised version of his self-deprecating
sketch comedy show
part of the Manhattan Comedy Collective;’s Big Bang show (now 10 p.m.
Saturdays at the Sage Theater), Rick Murphy has returned with a revamped
version of his solo show, “Rick Murphy Is An Asshole” that is much more
his own original creation than it was a year ago.
While funny then, at that time Murphy wore his influences more on his
sleeve than he does now (see previous
review from April 2006). He indulges a Magnum P.I. fetish in an
amusing way with a video of himself trying to solve his girlfriend’s
murder (he’s clueless that she’s really only taken a nap) as “Murphy P.I.”
A newscast sketch where Murphy changes costumes on stage to play
different members of the news team gets a bit labored without a clear
payoff. But there is a highlight or two to this new edition of Murphy’s
With castmates Rob Bates and Lindsay Joy, a game show sketch
(“Mindbenders”) finds Murphy mercilessly taunting Bates while he feeds
Joy easy questions. Also, Murphy mixes video and live performance well
in a closing sketch involving his “video will.”
While you have to hand it to Murphy because he isn’t afraid to be the
butt of the jokes or to play the fool, there’s still more room to
sharpen the show further.