Eddie Brill has one of the most coveted jobs in the comedy world; yet it's also one of the hardest. Brill is not only is the talent coordinator for comics appearing on the Late Show With David Letterman -- a job that requires enormous dedication to stand-up -- he is also the warm-up act for the show. That means Letterman chose Brill to open for him. The exposure is huge, but it also means that five times a week, in front of an audience that has traveled from all over the country to see Dave and Dave alone, Brill must brave the frosty stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater and make sure the audience is ready to laugh. That's like opening for the Beatles when they played at Shea Stadium. No wonder Brill has turned into such an accomplished comedian. Brill will strut his funny stuff at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, tonight and tomorrow. In addition to the Letterman gig, he's appeared in numerous films and on more than 100 TV shows in six different countries. For the past three years in a row, he has received the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Award for Best Male Comedian in New York, where he also teaches a comedy workshop for both aspiring and seasoned comics.
Brill's act is as polished as his resumé would imply. There's no underdeveloped or halfhearted material, just well-crafted bits, ranging from pokes at the advertising we all endure to the variety of spoken accents we are all forced to hear. His set causes us to reflect on what makes us the way we are.
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For information and tickets, $18, call 303-595-3637 or go to www.comedyworks.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
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The Wall of Water is saturated with laughter
Jacob T. Morehead loves to direct farce, so when he read Sherry Kramer's play The Wall of Water, he knew he wanted bring it to a Denver stage. "It's very rare that you pick up a script and laugh out loud while reading it," he says. "This is something new and different for this town, as well as to women's theater." The story focuses on four newly acquainted roommates who discover that some things truly are too good to be true, especially if you're in Manhattan. Anchored by homegrown actresses Sara Hardesty, Kimberly Luckie, Lindsay Goranson and Laura Steel, the play is a peek at connections between women and the world. "In today's society, women are not supposed to show anger -- and if they're angry, they need to take a valium," says Morehead. "These women are a little eccentric, a little insane and angry -- the result is very, very funny."
The Wall of Water opens tonight, with curtain calls on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through October 9 at the LIDA Project Theater, 2180 Stout Street. Tickets are $16 to $18 and available on line at www.hungerartists.org or by calling 303-893-5438. -- Kity Ironton