by Roy Smiles directed by Jiri Zizka
December 3, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Groucho Marx meets Lenny Bruce! Fasten your seatbelts ‘cause all hell’s about to break loose. It’s 1965, and the great Northeast Blackout thrusts New York City into a state of panic and disorder. Isolated in a small diner, a young stand-up comic with an upcoming gig on The Ed Sullivan Show encounters comic icons Marx and Bruce and implores them for comedic guidance, unleashing their unpredictably hilarious and edgy personas. As the two legendary comedians clash over whose act is funnier, the intensity quickly increases in a whirlwind of witty one-liners, zany antics, and uncensored punch lines. An exhilarating and imaginative comedy simultaneously exposing the secret motives that drove these two famed comedians to make people laugh, Schmucks is a U.S. Premiere from one of London’s funniest playwrights.