New Yorks finest improvisers join forces with New Yorks finest poets in a unique format that is part comedy show, part poetry feature and completely unpredictable.
It all begins with an exquisite corpse written collaboratively, line-by-line by the audience beforehand. The improvisers then delve in, building an entire world around the themes and imagery of the poem and inhabiting it with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heartbreakingly tragic, and everything in between.
Along the way, the show is fueled by the amazing work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the country and across the globe, shaking the rafters and rousing souls with original poetry that is raw, personal and profound.
The whole show ends with the performance of a brand new poem written on the spot and inspired by the entire show. Its comedy, its poetry, its theater and art. It is everything you came to this New York to see.
The cast includes performers and poets with credits from This American Life, NPR, The Onion, The Second City, The Truth Podcast, Reductress and Story Pirates.
Kiss Punch Poem is a rare find... uproarious and heartfelt. Time Out Chicago
"[Kiss*Punch*Poem] celebrates the fresh and surprising associations that are generated by both improv and poetry." - The American Reader
Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam. It was exhilarating. Mark Smith (founder of Slam Poetry)