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ImprovBoston holds Naked Comedy Showcase tonight


Local comedian and nudist Andy Ofiesh founded the Naked Comedy Showcase at ImprovBoston in 2005. He hosts the showcase tonight at 10 p.m.

Not sure if tonight’s Naked Comedy Showcase is right for you? Jessie Beers-Altman (COM’08) and Stacey Palmer (COM’08) provided the BU community with a sneak preview of the all-nude review at the 2008 Redstone Film festival. Her film, Andy, profiled local comedian and nudist Andy Ofiesh, who founded the Naked Comedy Showcase at ImprovBoston in 2005. He’s also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and now hosts the monthly showcase.

The Naked Comedy Showcase takes place on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 p.m. at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square, Cambridge. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students and groups of more than 10. Call 617-576-1253 for information and reservations, or visit the Web site.

Jessica Ullian can be reached at jullian@bu.edu.


6 Comments on Live Nude Laughs

  • owlafaye on 01.07.2009 at 4:19 pm

    Nude comedy

    Nudity is art of course and the experience of being exposed to nudity is comedic in and of itself. Should nudity become commonplace, which is predicted by future and science fiction writers and as inevitable as the sunrise, then the commonplace will lose some of its comedic value. So, it is good to see comedians putting it to the audience in all its hilarity and a further step in removing the shame, confusion and Victorian attitudes of the general public.

  • Rich Pasco on 01.09.2009 at 12:40 am

    Commonplace vs comedic value

    I’m 100% in favor of removing body shame, but I don’t think the comedic value stems merely from the nudity or would be lost if nudity became commonplace. Good comedy is good comedy whether nude or clothed. The nudity isn’t what makes it funny, but it does add a level of vulnerability to the performance, which doesn’t lose its value even if commonplace.

  • Anonymous on 01.16.2009 at 9:45 am

    says who?

    “Should nudity become commonplace, which is predicted by future and science fiction writers and as inevitable as the sunrise”

    I’m not saying this doesn’t exist in science fiction literature, but I think to say, or imply, that eventual rampant nudity has been widely depicted as ‘inevitable as the sunrise’ is a stretch. Unless zombies count.

  • Anonymous on 02.18.2009 at 12:35 am

    I love being nude

    There is a difference in nudism or naturalism and pornography. Nudism believes in the freedom from the restrictions of clothing, Pornography is for sexual gratification. Naturist looks like you and I and come from all walks of life. You will find it to be a relaxing lifestyle that is free of the daily stress we all experience. Naturist groups like naturistspace.org are looking for people who are open minded and want to enjoy the company of others of a like mind.

  • Mary on 02.28.2009 at 7:30 pm


    I’m sorry I missed it and hope when I leave this page, I find that he’s still playing. I will most definitely catch Jessie’s act…

  • Anonymous on 03.24.2009 at 10:21 pm

    Where's mention of the other film's director?

    This film was made by two filmmakers, Jessie Beers-Altman AND Stacey Palmer, but this is the second time BU Today has downplayed Stacey’s role in the film. When the Redstone’s screened the film last year, Stacey was hardly mentioned alongside the film, and now she’s completely left out. She should get just as much credit for the film, and it’s not fair that she is not given it. From what I understand, she started making the film alone and Jessie joined her project later. So why does Jessie get all the credit?

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