From UCB to ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Kristen Bartlett
The first time I saw Kristen Bartlett was in The Dead Dads Club, a show she wrote and performed with her husband, Jason Gore. Their fathers had died only months apart but, after dealing with some peculiar characters, they found a way to turn their grief into comedy. The sketches were as funny as they were touching. I left the theater and called my parents right away.
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Another notable event is the Women in Comedy Night hosted by local comic Emma Wilkie and headlined by female troupes the Flirty Boys (Toronto), Flo & Joan (Toronto) and GROSS! (Montreal). For “Get Real,” Bridge and Tunnel (New York) interviewed local storyteller Al Lafrance and created sketches based on the stories he told. Lafrance will be hosting the event and telling the stories live.
A Night With ‘The Dead Dads Club’
Inside the intimate, basement-level blackbox of New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, grief is taking center stage.
“The Dead Dads Club” stars Kristen Bartlett and her husband Jason Gore, both of whom lost their dads five years ago. It’s billed as a show about “what its like to lose a parent and realize that you are going to die, too, and there’s nothing you can do about it. (But it’s funny. We swear.)” A series of short sketches take Kristen and Jason through all of the absurd situations that surround death, from funeral planning to eulogy-giving, to the awkward, un-cinematic reality of scattering ashes.
Jersey City comedy duo find the 'weird, dark humor' in death
There's an old adage: dying is easy, comedy is hard. But comedy about dying -- is that hard?
Jersey City comedians Kristen Bartlett and Jason Gore may have the answer to that one. The couple, who have been married for nearly 10 years, are debuting a new show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre this week called the Dead Dads Club, a sketch show/storytelling hybrid based on their experiences coping with both of their fathers dying unexpectedly within four months of each other.
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In 2010, comedians Kristen Bartlett and Jason Gore both lost their dads within months of each other. Together, they formed The Dead Dads Club—”an unstoppable grief-fighting force that is often tough, but occasionally falls apart when Big Fish is on HBO.” The sketch show is at UCB Franklin at 9:30 pm on Thursday, with the cast riffing on our own mortality and what it’s like losing a parent. (They swear that it’s still funny...so we’ll see.) Tickets: $5.
The Dead Dads Club Live Sketch Show Review
I’m probably not telling tales out of school on this: Dead Dads Club is a comedy show about dead dads. Specifically, it’s about those of Jason Gore and Kristen Bartlett, a married couple and comedy duo whose fathers passed away within four months of each other in 2010. In just thirty minutes, the show portrays Kristen and Jason passing through various stages of denial, shock and depression while having to attend to the cold logistics of things like funeral arrangements, ash scattering, and eulogies.
BWW Previews: THE DEAD DADS CLUB at UCB in NYC, 2/25
The Dead Dads Club comedy show will be at Upright Citizens Brigade in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday, February 25th and Friday, March 6th. More dates will be announced soon.
The Dead Dads Club stars Kristen Bartlett and Jason Gore, both founding members of the sketch group Bridge & Tunnel, which was an official selection of New York City Sketch Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, and Montreal Sketchfest, where they won Best Newcomer and Audience Choice. Their webseries Poor Comedians in a Car Getting Coffee was featured on The Comic's Comic and The Comedy Bureau.