Finding the Right Show for You

I’m young and I’m in New York City– there’s a million shows for me to see, all within my reach. Movies and comedy shows are my kryptonite, and I’m almost always willing to catch a flick or a cheap show, unless I’m in bed watching a movie.

Living on a college budget makes finding prime entertainment a little tricky, but this week I squeezed in a movie and a comedy show. Sometimes you have to treat yourself, you know? At least that’s how I justify my frivolous entertainment expenditures. I watched the movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” at the theater across from Penn Station. I love being in the movie theater– it’s warm, dark, and comforting– an escape from the outside world. I’m a funny or action movie kind of guy, so I was a little reluctant to go ball my eyes out during a movie set in the tragedies surrounding September 11th, but I felt as an American, it was my duty. The actors were great, but the kid’s character was way too precocious to be believable. To be honest with you, there were a few times that I wanted to smack him upside the head for things he said to his mother or the general way he acted towards people, even though I knew it was because his dad died. So, if you love America, little kids, and overcoming a horrific tragedy-related death, then I recommend you see “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

The second show I saw this week was an Improv show over at UCBT (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre). I was in tears, had stomach cramps, and couldn’t breathe– all from laughing so hard. There’s no doubt that NYC is the place to be for comedy, and I certainly hit the funny bone at UCB. The group I saw perform was “The Law Firm,” which is a group that’s been together for a while and has gained in popularity. They asked someone from the crowd to tell a story from their week and then they acted out a series of  completely unrehearsed, improvised scenes based on that person’s story. It was pure comedic genius! The show seemed to include everybody in the crowd, feeding off laughter and listening to scene suggestions throughout the show, which was great to feel a part of such a funny experience. Plus, all their shows are dirt cheap, ranging from $5 during the week and $10 on the weekends. Talk about great NYC student discounts!


Paul, Auburn University 2012

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