Comedy Trio ‘Unitard’ Skewer it all at Joe’s Pub Through July 26
You know you are watching peak self awareness when three white people on stage pull no punches in skewering the unsavory parts of our culture. From skits about professional line habitants to resistance-isms that roast the liberal infighting plaguing action, Unitard is letting everyone have it.
The collective pertinence of each aspect of their variety show is on-point commentary. Plucked from the headlines, comment lines, and cronut lines, no one is safe, and there were certainly no safe words. With a fandom that reads as a who’s who of the queer luminaries and intelligentsia, this is a winning combo that’s as timely as it is void-filling.
One of the worst qualities about our culture is the humorless march toward the checkout line, and Tardcore is taking it down while not positioning themselves as above or without responsibility for the mundane hell that can be modernism. The people of New York themselves are on the carving board, and they come out bent into a more useful shape, as one does when directly called out.
Tardcore is the current incarnation of the Unitard comedy trio, with performance veterans Nora Burns, Mike Albo, and David Ilku. They have been performing as Unitard for 15 years as well as pursuing individual careers in comedy acting, writing, and music. The catharsis comes of literally farting all over some of the worst things ripping through the headlines, and you need it more than you think.
This show is a huge barrel of laughs and though the food and service are better than decent at Joe’s Pub, not even their establishment is safe from the shots fired from center stage. Without spoiling the gag, prepare to smirk along with a capacity packed room, wearing your knowing smile as you sign on the dotted line, as there is a two drink or $12 food minimum for seating during showtime.
One of my favorite aspects of the distinct comedy style of Unitard is their seeding of improv-style takes into a scripted show. The randomness lends a whimsy that can sometimes be lost on scripted comedy, where acting can overpower the casual flow of a joke. By using their bodies and ridiculous props like an off off off broadway improv show, they are able to hammer in the laughs.
UNITARD in Tard Core is $20 at Joes Pub, running through July 26.