In an all-too-familiar scenario, an aspiring artist reveals a deeply personal creation to the outside world only to be met with a humiliating combo of indifference and ridicule. Such trauma has been known to send would-be artists scrambling to find a more hospitable vocation. Only the most committed and/or delusional survive such rejection. Yet some thrive on the scorn, anticipating the day when misguided early works will achieve a value as ironic entertainment. So it is that the leaders of Comedy Suitcase, humorists Joshua Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen, present Amateur Hour. Billed as an "intimate evening of unintentional comedy," the show dregs up (justifiably buried) early artistic efforts from a time when ambitions were only tenuously related to talent or craft. Always willing to share the embarrassment, Scrimshaw and Weinhagen have dared accomplished artists from a range of disciplines (including Sulia Altenberg, Leslie Ball, Nancy Donoval, David Mann, Pablo, Amy Sackett, and Tim Uren) to revel in their greatest flops. Live critiques from a panel of kids and amateur artists will either ease the pain of rejection or repeat the nightmarish ordeal. Either way, audiences are in for an irreverent reminder that no great art was ever achieved without a generous share of mockery.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 11. Continues through Feb. 12, 2011