This Too Shall Suck, is a merry romp through performance anxiety, professional Scrabble, stand-up comedy and the psych ward, Matt Graham's one-man comedy reveals his transformation from drunken bum into reclusive cat lady/professional gambler. How bad can it suck? This Too Shall Suck, has been extended to the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival's Encore Series after receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses.
This Too Shall Suck, is comedian Matt Graham's unassumingly funny comeback to comedy. This sixty-minute "traumedy" is a life history about always coming in second place, or as Graham explains, the story of "one man's transformation from total loser into not quite as much of a loser." Covering the span of Graham's forty-five years, the show is an autobiography with a Messiah Complex as fluent in narcissism as it is in big ideas. Graham completed the new show in December 2011 after more than a decade hiatus from stand-up in which he tried out for a college basketball team at age 39, tried his hand at professional poker, and settled into relative seclusion in Queens with his cat Ruth.
All performances take place at The SoHo Playhouse, downstairs in The Huron Club, 15 Vandam between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue. (Subway: C or E to Spring, exit via Vandam St. near center of platform.)
Tickets are $18.00 and available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/917520.
Tuesday, September 11th @ 8:00 pm
Friday, September 21st @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 23rd @ 8:00 pm
Monday, September 24th @ 8:00 pm
More information can be found at www.sohoplayhouse.com/encores and www.thistooshallsuck.com.
Comedian Matt Graham is the writer and performer of This Too Shall Suck, an autobiographical, one-hour show, which premieres in NYC in February 2012. Graham made professional debut in the 80s on the Boston comedy circuit with Louis CK, David Cross and Janeane Garofalo. His signature "non stand-up stand-up" earned him four appearances on the Conan O'Brien show, which he eventually wrote for, a writing gig with Saturday Night Live, and national recognition as a comic.
During a hiatus from stand-up, Graham took up professional scrabble, and at age 31, placed second in the 1997 World Scrabble Championships. He was a subject in the New York Times bestseller Word Freak, and the Sundance documentary film, Word Wars. Graham was also featured on NBC News (for his ability to play Scrabble blindfolded), Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the N.Y. Times Sunday Magazine.
When not writing comedy, solving anagrams, or competing in Scrabble tournaments, Graham plays professional poker.