Comedian Adam Ruben started my Capital Fringe viewing off in a good way with his very entertaining solo show entitled I Feel Funny: True Misadventures in Stand-Up Comedy, which is playing at the extremely intimate Tree House Lounge.
…thoroughly enjoyable and definitely worth checking out as part of your Fringe going experience.
Ruben relays stories about the trials and tribulations of being a comic trying to make it in the business. Born and bred in Baltimore, Ruben’s first gig was in Mullica NJ at an open mic night. Things did not go well because the audience wasn’t expecting any comedy this particular evening. They were used to hearing a band play and when they went on break people could get up and play guitar or whatever. This isn’t the only nightmare Ruben has had, he actually has a top ten list of some rather funny experiences that are funny for all the wrong reasons. The stories involve things like Chabad, playing on a private boat and a particular group of high school students and that is only a sampling.
Between the laughs, Ruben shows us how insecure he was growing up and how comedy helped him. One story involves his days at Princeton University and him being a member of the prestigious theatre group known as the Triangle Club. Ruben and the other people who wrote for the big spring production were always trying to out edge each other, meaning who could write the most inappropriate piece for the show. Ruben came up with a song called “The Holocaust Rag.” I don’t want to give away too much of the story but it doesn’t go the way you might think.
As a performer, Ruben is very likable. Unlike some comics that hammer you to death in delivery, Ruben just tells his stories and the laughs come very naturally.
Overall Adam Ruben and I Feel Funny: True Misadventures in Stand-Up Comedy is thoroughly enjoyable and definitely worth checking out as part of your Fringe going experience. Please use it in your act.
Running Time: 60 minutes with no intermission.
I Feel Funny: True Misadventures in Stand-Up Comedy runs through July 26, 2015 at the Tree House Lounge which is located at 1006 Florida Ave NE in Washington DC.
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