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Is there anything more intimidating than stepping onto a stage with 300 people staring at you, expecting you to be funny? Try stepping onto a stage with 300 people expecting you to be funny with a bunch of jokes you've never told before. That's the idea behind Crash & Burn 2, taking place at Acme this Tuesday through Saturday. Four Acme headliners — Tim Slagle, Mike Lukas, Emily Galati, and Tim Harmston — will work to create a brand-new 20-minute set throughout the day, and perform that material completely untested later that night. "It's not often that we get to sit down with other headliners and work on new material like this," says Slagle, who first had the idea for Crash & Burn after Acme's 20th-anniversary celebration in 2011. "The only time you see other headliners is at comedy festivals, so this is sort of like the world's smallest comedy festival." Crash & Burn made its debut in April of last year, and the experiment was so well received that it's back for another round. Slagle says that the material will develop throughout the week, and the comics will hopefully have a near-polished set by the final show on Saturday. "Last year some people came every night, just to see how the jokes would develop," says Slagle. Will the comedians strike gold? Or will they crack under the pressure? Either way, it makes for an entertaining evening. 18+. (Pictured: Tim Slagle)
April 9-13, 8 p.m.; April 12-13, 10:30 p.m., 2013