MashUp is a new comedy show at The Stand (not to be confused with the short lived Comedy Central series of the same name from TJ Miller and Jordan Vogt-Roberts). Last night was the second outing and offered the audience a good mix of prepared and off-the-cuff moments as a pair of comedians shared the stage for each set.
Hosts Luis J Gomez and Adrienne Iapalucci took turns trading bits, new and old, on similar or tangential topics, in between squabbling like brother and sister. Luis's joke about race would segue into Adrienne's about Puerto Ricans, Luis talking about his adorable son led to Adrienne talking about how she hates kids and even pulling out an old bit about how to deter pedophiles. It set up one model for how two comedians could share the stage, but each pair made it their own with a completely different use of the unusual dymanic.
Dave Smith and Damien Lemon admitted they had not prepared at all and were going to use this time to get to know one another, trading riffs on the gentrification of Brooklyn and various types of porn. Damien even tried to facilitate a love connection between Dave and a girl in the front row.
Of course, porn came up again with Michelle Wolf and Monroe Martin, because that's the topic of at least 75% of conversations between two comedians. Michelle and Monroe felt the most like "hunh, these guys could actually be a comedy duo" with Monroe's laid back approach to sometimes outrageous statements balanced nicely by Michelle's no nonsense, "Wait a minute, let's remember common sense" quips.
Sean Patton and Mike Recine finished out the night with a very storyteller style set. Sean took the lead up top, then took a backseat, acting as part hype man, part surrogate audience member, playing up the more WTF? moments of Recine's story about how very Italian his uncle is when it comes to squirrels.
It's a cool idea that lets each pair make what they want of the unusual situation of sharing the stage and gives the audience a little more of a fun freewheeling vibe than a straight showcase show.