Buckle up your bustier and bite down on your ball-gag because Unitard — NYC’s naughtiest, nastiest, no-holds-barred comic trio — is back! These arbiters of biting bitchiness and snappy satire are returning to Joe’s Pub just in time to give our crappy culture the tasteless tongue-lashing it deserves.
Unitard Comedy Group parodies the horror that is Donald Trump, by way of his hemorrhoids…
David, Nora and Mike as lawyers Schlotsky, Jerkowitz and Fetaballs in the sketch UNITARD LAWYERS.
Three of Harvey Weinstein’s underlings welcome a new actress into the Miramax family. His lackey assistants groom her for the meeting. Starring David, Nora and Mike.
It’s certainly nice to get press reviews for our shows. But getting pictures and listings in great publications’ “what’s hot” sections and calendars is nothing to sneeze at either. Thanks to NY Magazine and The New Yorker for drawing some notice and attention to our current Tard Core show at Jo’es Pub in the listings we have included below.
It’s wonderful to get noticed and reviewed! But when a great publication includes your latest show in a “what’s hot” listing or page image, that’s nothing to sneeze at either. Here are images from the latest issues of THE NEW YORKER and NEW YORK MAGAZINE that give some needed notice and attention to our TARD CORE show at Joe’s Pub.
Here is a selection of our favorite video clips from recent Unitard shows. Click the links, watch and enjoy!
|The Real Housewives of Dusseldorf||Nora, Mike and David parody the Bravo TV series franchise of “real” Housewives, set in Dusseldorf Germany.|
|We’re Having a Baby: How to be a Gay Dad||Unitard stick their tongues in your cheek and lampoon Gay Dads, whom we love… cheers!|
|You name it, these street shits will confront and assault you. They want your time, money and signature, all for a good cause.|
|Wha Boys at Work||The Wha boys working at a Marc Jacobs Store, wait on an overwhelmed customer who winds up saving the day.|
|Twilight Mega Fan||A crazed Twilight fan will go to any length to get Robert Pattinson’s attention!|
|Slim Poz Body, HIV Educational Mime||Slim Poz Body is here to Educate and enlighten the conversation about safe sex, without ever speaking a word!|
|2 Boys, 1 Digeridoo||The Boys from Unitard send up the nasty late night performances at NYC and London’s expensive and decadent night spot the “Box”|
You name it, these street shits will confront and assault you. They want your time, money and signature, all for a good cause.
Ship to share… 3 Latinos go on a gay cruise filled with drama. David, Mike and Nora.
Unitard, the sketch comedy trio formed by Mike Albo, Nora Burns, and David Ilku have a new show, titled House of Tards, causing plenty of diehard fans to cheer. But I’m new to their shtick, and I wasn’t sure if I should be laughing out loud or quietly appalled.
Take the monologue in which Ilku portrays a member of the Islamic terrorist organization, ISIS. While some in the audience were keeling over in laughter, my inner Southern boy was disturbed by the ISIS bit. To this, Ilku says:
“One of the magical things about comedy is making people uncomfortable. When a room is uncomfortable, eventually the tension has to break, and it breaks in the form of a laugh. So, you just keep pushing until they can’t take it anymore. Then, eventually, someone cracks and laughs because it’s just too absurd.” If that sounds like it’s too much to handle, Nora Burns would like to remind you that “with our show everything is pretty short. If you don’t like it, it’ll be over in three minutes.”
Other hilarious sketches introduce the audience to a particularly awful babysitter, the prize accessory of a G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), everyday people utterly distraught over the passing of celebrities, Facebook narcissists, and more.
“We usually start with things that annoy us in life: people being selfish, people being evil,” Mike Albo explains as to the inspiration for these sketches and monologues. Or as Burns elaborates: “It’s so fun to be a nasty character or just to comment on things we find funny. We all have this sort of similar pop-culture, gay sensibility. It’s just fun. We’ll all riff off each other and come up with the next thing we have to do.”
Unitard: House of Tards is packed with edgy humor that playfully flirts with the fine line between being hysterical and a twinge offensive. Forget political correctness. Yet, they also don’t intend to demean or poke fun at any marginalized groups of persons either. So the result is comedy that is off-kilter with laughs intended for self-aware audiences that are capable of thinking on their own. “I don’t even know how to be mainstream, honestly,” Albo admits. “I’ll never get on stage and be like, ‘Don’t you hate cats?’ I’m not going to be that person.”
Performing at Stonewall, it’s clear that queer-identifying folks are an audience target, but the trio insists that’s not the only people who will enjoy the show. “We’re all old-school New Yorkers. David and I have been in New York since 1979,” acknowledges Burns. So anyone who has, as Albo puts it, “experienced a degree of political corruption, gentrification, and has seen how people can be greedy,” will enjoy their commentary. So, why Stonewall? “We don’t want to charge a lot of money. We want to keep it so people can afford to go out, have a full belly laugh, and have a drink and not break their budget,” Ilku explains. “Greed is killing New York, and all the great, little performance spaces are just disappearing. So, thank God, that Stonewall is cool and great and has opened their arms to us,” he expounds.
As if being intellectual comedy meant for cultured peoples isn’t enough, Unitard is endorsed by celebrities such as Debbie Harry. She was in the audience, along with funny lady Julie Klausner, for the opening night performance at Stonewall Inn. During their run in L.A., Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, RuPaul, and Lady Bunny enjoyed the clever trio.
Unitard: House of Tards continues through April 23. For tickets visit, UnitardComedy.com.