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Oh, Hello on Broadway - two stooges from Comedy Central: tuna on a schtick

Oscar E. Moore “from the rear mezzanine” for Talk

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney met in college. They bonded - obviously having something in common. Something that some people might consider a bizarre sense of humor.

Soon after they created their alter egos – Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (supposedly after seeing two old men at the Strand Bookstore buying two copies of Alan Alda’s recently published book and then following them to a diner where their fondness for tuna fish most probably surfaced.

This led them to Comedy Central’s KROLL SHOW – featuring said alter egos – Gil (a novelist of sorts) and George (an actor of sorts) - two seventy something Jewish bachelors living on the Upper West Side. The show was hugely successful.

As evidenced by the ovation they receive at the Lyceum Theatre where their ten year old routine has been tweaked by director Alex Timbers with the addition of a surprise nightly guest star and is now being hailed by their adoring fans and confounding many others. Including myself. But I have to admit that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

They are stand-up comics in the tradition of Weber and Fields, Stiller and Meara and Statler and Hilton with a lethal dose of Larry David thrown in. An appreciation of their delivery is necessary to enjoy their Saturday Night Live skit-like and drawn out routines.

If you do not know them you might as I did feel like an alien who has landed in some far off planet where what is supposedly hilarious falls flat IF you are not a hip young person whose sense of humor never graduated from the frat house. Their comedy is an acquired taste.

And there is no accounting for taste or lack thereof. The T-shirt, poster and mug concession stand has a long line and their stuff is selling like hot cakes – or rather overstuffed tuna sandwiches.

Personally I prefer chopped liver.

Through January 8th. One hour 40 minutes without intermission.

Photo: Joan Marcus