Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman Just Want to Use 'Your Love' for Their Musical

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Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman of Your Love, Our Musical
Caitlin Puckett and Calvin Cole are sitting onstage, recounting the details of their romance. The stage is set for Your Love, Our Musical at Peoples Improv Theater on a warm May night, with hosts Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman inviting an unassuming couple up on the stage, interviewing them about how they met, fell for each other, etc., then improvising a half-hour musical about that very love story. Where improvised comedy in general and improvised musical comedy in particular can get painfully, embarrassingly stilted, Vigil and Kaufman's hour-long show is bombastic, clean, and ever hysterical. They've mastered the art form, their chemistry as artists (they are not a couple in real life) as much a part of the show as the chemistry behind the couple they feature.

Puckett and Cole begin revealing their story, having met at a medical alarm company (the I've-fallen-and-can't-get-up type, where people call in for assistance), its cubicles tiny and surveillance cameras watching those working there, always. They were friends first. Puckett was in a long-distance relationship with a slightly depressive man named Justin when she realized their connection wasn't the real deal. She broke it off with Justin, and she and Cole got together the very same night. Cole brought over the winning trifecta: wine, cheese, and Muppet Treasure Island. When asked who said "I love you" first, the couple admit that the answer is unclear. What was clear was they didn't necessarily need to. The two clicked so hard, says Cole, "it was just understood."

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Is Devo the Funniest Band in History?

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Devo's Freedom of Choice will receive a comedic salute the week of its 35th birthday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have sad Griffins, nostalgic whippings, mid-Nineties strokings, and the vital importance of basements. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cocoon Central Dance Team Romps Through an Absurdist Laugh Riot

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Cocoon Central Dance Team
The Cocoon Central Dance Team wants to make up a language. Currently, its preferred mode of communication involves recorded clapping and farting sounds; bananas consumed while dancing; blue, full-body spandex (with head caps); diamonds moderately dispersed over faces; and major facial expressions. It's a language that can be heard all throughout their dances, sketches, and videos, which have been played and performed all over New York: at the Upright Citizens Brigade, MoMA P.S.1's Innovation in Contemporary Comedy Showcase, and Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's Broad City Live, for which Cocoon opened both here in town and in Philadelphia. The popularity is starting to snowball, and major networks like Comedy Central and MTV2 have started asking how they can translate the troupe's works to TV. The women are working on ideas for a full-length feature film.

Turns out theirs is a language all the right people are trying to learn how to speak.

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The Best Way to Say Goodbye to David Letterman

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David Letterman
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have a send-off for Dave, Seinfeld's fave, un-dateable trolls, Canadian goals, and the most fun you can have in a gay bar without actually having sex. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.


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The Sterling Cooper All-Company Meeting Begins Tonight

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The Sterling Cooper All-Company Meeting takes over UCB Chelsea tonight at 8 p.m.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have Mad Men, shameless women, sudden impressions, mortified adolescents, and lines around the block for jokes. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.


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Let the Lucas Brothers Explain Their Jump From Law School to Comedy

Comedians, writers, actors, and identical twins, the Lucas Brothers (Keith and Kenny) describe their stand-up as "laid-back."

Keith and Kenny are the creators of the popular animation series Lucas Bros. Moving Co. on FXX. The brothers voice the show's main characters, narrating hilarious, absurdist (and sometimes stoner-y) tales.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in High Point, North Carolina, the Lucas Bros. came to New York to pursue stand-up after their third year of law school (Kenny at NYU, Keith at Duke). Since then, they've been in movies and on TV, and perform stand-up comedy all over the country.

The guys made their late-night debut when they performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2012 — they've been a favorite on the show ever since. They also appear on truTV's sketch show, Friends of the People.

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But IS Denzel Washington the Greatest Actor of All Time, Period?

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Denzel Washington in Flight
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have secret clubs, SF schmucks, movie-themed nipples, Norwegian triples, and Denzel Washington (a/k/a the greatest actor of all time, period). Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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What If Wes Anderson Remade Jurassic Park?

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Maybe only Sam Neill has a costume worthy of a Wes Anderson movie. Be sure to catch "Forty Minutes in the Style of Wes Anderson" on May 5 at the Peoples Improv Theater.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have cage matches, bad batches, troll patches, a Pop Rocket pilot and a group of people who ask the most pressing question of our time: What if Wes Anderson remade The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, or any big blockbuster? Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Watch Amy Sedaris Get Silly With Conan's Secret Weapon Live in NYC

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Amy Sedaris guests on Running Late With Scott Rogowsky at Carolines, 4/22/15.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have an almost–Jon Hamm, a slightly–Louis CK, a kind-of Carrie Bradshaw, and a most-definitely Amy Sedaris. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: Boning, Groaning and Lots and Lots of Shame

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Ari Shaffir
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have boning, groaning, smoking, shaming, writing, failing...and just making things up on the spot. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.


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