Crash and Burn 8 L-R: Tim Slagle, Sara Schaefer (photo by Kim Newmoney), Michael Palascak, Chad Daniels


Crash and Burn 8

Daily from June 4-8
8 p.m.
Daily from June 7-8
10:30 p.m.
Comedy, Festivals

Crash & Burn, a weeklong gig where four comedians must do 20 minutes of all-new, never-performed material, returns to Acme this week. Comic Tim Slagle, who organizes the series, is coming off a performance that is the polar opposite of Crash & Burn. He recently filmed a special for Dry Bar, the Provo, Utah-based outfit that specializes in clean comedy. It’s been a boon for many comics, but it’s also a challenge—even for comics who don’t work blue. “It’s a different definition of clean,” he says. “I had one bit, and I realized as I was going over it in my head that I say, ‘Oh, God.’ It’s in character, but then I thought, ‘I can’t say that.’ They call it Provo clean.” Now he’s focused on Crash & Burn, which will feature fellow comedians Sara Schaefer, Michael Palascak, and Chad Daniels. “The first year I went on totally cold and just started riffing, and I came up with 20 new minutes,” he says. “I thought, ‘That’s how I’m going to do it from now on.’” The following year he struggled a bit. “So, for the past six years, I start a couple of weeks out trying to figure out an angle that’s going to work.”