David Crowe has a lot to talk about. It's been a little more than a year since he last played Acme, and in that time "I met a woman from South Africa online, and now we have a baby together. A year ago I was single, and all the sudden I'm living with a South African pediatric anesthesiologist and raising a baby." He then adds, by way of explaining his new wife's job, "It essentially means she almost kills children for a living. She brings them right to the edge, and then..." The soft-spoken and cerebral Crowe, whose latest special is the hour-long Showtime gem Crooked Finger, wants to channel this change into his work. He and Joe Larson, a talented New York comic who will open the shows all week, have set a challenge for themselves: Each man plans to write and hone 20 new minutes of material during their run. They will workshop and practice new jokes during the afternoons together and develop them onstage over the course of the week. Theoretically, Crowe says, someone could come to the show on Tuesday or Wednesday and see shorter jokes and new ideas that, by Saturday, will be fleshed out into entire routines. This is an incredible feat—it's the equivalent of writing and recording a rock album in five days. It's also a good excuse to go see these great comedians twice, and to watch the creative process in action. 18+.
March 16-20, 8 p.m.; March 19-20, 10:30 p.m., 2010