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Ryan Paulson: I'm Uncomfortable

Bashful Scandinavian Productions / New York, NY

Posted: 07/19/2009 9:33 AM | Comments: 0

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Pentecostal Wisconsin creator Ryan Paulson is back to regale audiences with tales of his post-fundamentalist life, trying to lose his virginity in New York City.

In this amusing 65-minute show, the 30-ish musical comedian works with a microphone, a guitar and a slide show.

When he sings in his clear, high tenor, you’d swear you were listening to a young Loudon Wainwright III. Indeed, anyone who rhymes "God is going to see ya" with "gonorrhea" has clearly been studying the master.

Paulson’s sex jokes tend to be old hat and a touch too graphic, but his recollections of his "husky boy" youth will leave you in stitches. So will the glossy photo of himself looking like "Matt Damon’s lesbian sister."

A minor technical quibble: His director and co-writer, Virginia Scott, needs to fix the lighting so he’s not casting annoying shadows on the screen behind him.

— Morley Walker

From the official Fringe program:

From the performer of "Pentecostal Wisconsin", which has been seen across the US, Canada and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. In I'm Uncomfortable, Ryan tells the hilarious story of the very uncomfortable life he found himself living once he gave up speaking in tongues and moved to New York City.

Time Out New York calls Ryan's work, "Categorically pitch-perfect one-man comedy." www.RyanPaulson.com

www.RyanPaulson.com

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

75 min.

Venue#10 Planetarium Auditorium 190 Rupert Ave (theatre on lower level)

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors
Under 13 not admitted.

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