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BCAF Spotlight: Standup Edition, Part 1!

For some, standing alone onstage and sharing their thoughts and neurotics with an audience is the scariest thing in the world - for others, it's hard to imagine doing anything else. At this year's Boston Comedy Arts Festival, some of the edgiest, funniest standups in the country are coming through ImprovBoston's doors to lay it all on the line and make you laugh, and we're celebrating them in the days leading up to the big event.

We were lucky enough to catch up with standups Kwasi Mensah, Kevin Hall, Christine An and MILF before they tear the house down at BCAF to discuss their thoughts on comedy today.


BCAF Spotlight: North Coast

This year's Boston Comedy Arts Festival is fast approaching, and we can't contain our excitement anymore. From September 10-14, the BCAF brings some of the brightest stars in the improv, sketch and standup galaxies to stages all over Cambridge, MA, and we're going to feature some of our favorites every day leading up to the festival.

When it comes to high energy, improvised brilliance, there's no better first stop than North Coast. They're New York's premier hip hop improv troupe and have been performing, teaching, and blending music and comedy all over the country since 2009. From one audience suggestion, the company weaves an entire hip h'opera before your very eyes, making every North Coast show a unique, hilarious musical experience.


MEGAN GRAY on Junior Varsity & the Animaniacs

As Artistic Director, teacher, and performer at the Magnet Theater in New York, Megan Gray is a comedy hat-trick. Despite her busy schedule, she makes sure to find time for drinking red wine & a good crossword puzzle, because well… she’s “75 years old!” Not really. And she’ll prove it to you by reciting every word to the Animaniacs' "Nations of the World" song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDtdQ8bTvRc

Megan returns to this year’s BCAF to perform with Junior Varsity, a longform improv team started by Armando Diaz. We asked her some questions about comedy, life and dance parties.


MURDERFIST

That moment on a haunted hayride when you suddenly realize what’s about to happen and part of you panics, part of you needs to see what’s in the dark woods? That’s Murderfist.

If you ask anyone that has seen this award winning sketch comedy group, they will say “it blew my mind. Amazing. I never want to watch anything else. Why did you miss it? You were so wrong. So wrong.” Murderfist is a favorite at comedy festivals, and that is an understatement.

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