The Liar Show Review by Jester Journal

Liar, Liar

Themed night of storytelling and stand-up blends the tragic and comic in an involving way
By Gabrielle Nash / Jester correspondent
The Liar Show, a high-concept blend of comedy and storytelling seen at the 92Y Tribeca on January 19, blends funny moments with serious ones as five performers try to convince the audience that all their stories are true. (In this performance, two of the five had fictional tales).
Picking the fake stories among those delivered by this group of skilled performers – the Liar Show has run in different venues around New York regularly for years, usually with different storytellers every time – was actually a challenging task on this night. Comedian Colin Dempsey’s true story of the perceived origin of a pair of shoes he bought, and the luck they may or may not have brought him, while living in Australia was artfully constructed in a way that made it seem false. Monologist Leslie Goshko told her story, about where a pet mouse ended up, in such believable fashion that many were convinced it was true.
Jim O’Grady, an author and reporter, gleefully told a tale that was more obviously a constructed fiction, in which he unwittingly donned attire while interacting with black children living next door to him that made it seem as if he were getting a thrill from acting like a Southern plantation owner.
Writer/director Tracy Rowland and author Kambri Crews told personal stories with serious focus and resonance, but still managed to play up certain comic aspects. Rowland, recounting what a character her father was – and not always in a positive way – talked about how his actions over the years didn’t exactly inspire them to get extravagant in his funeral arrangements, which included empty seats, a cardboard box of ashes and music played on a boombox. Crews recalled how she lived a real-life version of the movie “Sixteen Candles,” where everyone in her family forgot about her 16th birthday, only her house was far over on the “other side of the tracks.”
It was inspiring how those with serious stories could find humor in the face of adversity. At the same time, the silly stories in the show had their own solemn overtones. A nice mix of the range of human experience comes out through the structure of the Liar Show’s storytelling and performances. The Liar Show will also keep you talking about its tales long after it ends.
The Liar Show returns at the Cornelia Street Cafe on February 4.

The Liar Show, Saturday, September 3rd, 6pm.

SATURDAY, SEPT 3 at 6PM (Doors 5:45) 
CORNELIA STREET CAFE  29 Cornelia Street (bet W 4th & Bleecker)
$15 admission includes one drink.
 (Cash only.) 
Reservations
 highly recommended: 212-989-9319 (dial “0” for a human)



COLIN DEMPSEY – ComedyLand
LESLIE GOSHKO – Manhattan Monologue Champion
JIM O’GRADY – WNYC Radio. NPR’s This American Life
ADAM WADE – Comedy Central; NY Times

Hosted by ANDY CHRISTIE – NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour

“Christie & Co make dishonesty fun again.” TimeOut NY
“A Winner! 4 Stars.” Edinburgh Comedy Festival
“A detective-comedy extravaganza. A night of solid fun.” BroadwayBaby


1: THE STORIES
Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh, possibly make you think, and almost certainly make you glad you don’t live with them. But listen closely, because only three of these people are telling the truth. The fourth is making it all up.
2: THE INTERROGATION
After the stories have been told, all four performers return to the stage and defend their stories while the audience rakes them over the coals with a fact-finding question and answer session, refereed by the host.

3: THE VERDICT

Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.

The Liar show – May 7th

This Saturday I will be performing on The Liar Show at the Cornelia Street Cafe at 6pm. This is one of my favorite shows and I’m always very proud to be a part of it. The performers are amazing and the venue is a delight.     


COLIN DEMPSEY – Oh you guys know me.
LESLIE GOSHKO – Manhattan Monologue Champion
TRACY ROWLAND – Emmy Award-winning writer/producer
ADAM WADE – Moth GrandSlam Champion
And host/producer
ANDY CHRISTIE – New York Times

SEEK TRUTH. GET A T-SHIRT.


RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 212-989-9319.
$8 admission plus one $7 drink minimum. (cash only)
Doors open 5:45.

How it works:



THE STORIES
Four writers and comics tell short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh and probably make you glad you don’t live with them. But only three of these people are telling the truth.

THE INTERROGATION
All four performers return to the stage and defend their honor while the audience grills them.

THE VERDICT
Each audience member casts a ballot and the perceptive geniuses who guess correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.



See yah there!