Twice as Nice

It’s no less than a miracle that Susannah Perlman and her New York comedy/burlesque troupe Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad are returning to Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. They almost died the last time they came to Denver, Perlman says. Caught in a snowstorm on I-70 as they commandeered their two-wheel-drive minivan through a mess of jackknifed semis and abandoned cars on their way to an early-spring show at Lannie’s, they arrived in the nick of time and took to the stage bedraggled and 45 minutes late.

“It was our ‘Little Engine That Could,’ our version of Exodus,” Perlman remembers. “We were four Jewish women trying to push a minivan up a hill — in heels, no less. But after word got out about a naked-lady show in trouble, a lot of heroes showed up to help us.”

God willing, they’ll be on time for tonight’s Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad Comedy Show, a double date with what Perlman calls the Girls’ “main competition in New York for many years” — Good for the Jews, the comedy duo of Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin (who also fronts indie-pop group the Rosenbergs). Perlman promises lots of spiritual laughs and a seasonal theme, which will include “a hamantaschen song where we reinterpret the hamantasch.” In their own way, of course. And Good for the Jews will no doubt throw in its Passover anthem that goes like this: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.”

Catch all the Jewtastic fun at 7 or 9:15 p.m. tonight at Lannie’s, 1601 Arapahoe Street; for tickets, $25, go to www.lannies.com or call 303-293-0075.
Sat., Feb. 27, 7 & 9:15 p.m., 2010

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