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One fake job listing. 1,000 real writers responded.
Adult film scenes from Craigslist, acted out live on stage.
A few years ago, comedian and bored drunk Kyle Ayers decided to post a fake job on Craigslist, out of pure curiousity. He put an ad up, claiming to be a producer for a very prominant adult film (porn) company. "Send me your best three to four page porn script. I want to find the 'next big thing in adult film writing.' And make it weird."
He wasn't sure what to expect, but he certainly didn't expect the flood of responses. Over 1,000 responses in just under a week. Musicals, movie spoofs, personal experiences put down on pages, sex toys you've never even heard of, everything. Over a thousand scripts and (still!) growing. After a while, Kyle decided it was time to do something with these scripts.
Using the talents of some of the best comedians around (and willing members of the audience!), First Comes Love honors this aspiring porn writers by acting these scripts out, live on stage. Word for word, line for line, typo for typo, comedians, actors, and audience members pay tribute through performance, and get really, really weird. Props, costumes, everything that would make up a bad high school theater production.
First Comes Love has been featured in the SF Sketchfest, Riot LA Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Comedy Takeover in Houston, and more!
Audience Feedback by Loraine Michaels: I was lucky enough to take in this Off-Broadway event and it was a doosie! Innovative and funny, yet tasteful given the possibilities. I even met my partner there, waiting for the doors to open and then sitting next to one another in the theatre. Our story could have been on stage. I learned that she worked for an online reputation management firm on the west coast as a sales rep. I have my own search engine optimization company here in NYC. We're basically in the same business, since her company uses seo to clean up negative search results by optimizing harmless pages until they outrank a problem result. That effectively pushes it down and hopefully off of page 1. They also do a lot of other tasks, but search removal is their moneymaker. I use seo to advance client websites. I sometimes hire a small outfit that handles search results removals for me, but most of my work is straight ahead going for the high ranks. Anyway, after the show I convinced her to come work for me, and we've been together ever since!
Audience Feedback by Willa Stevens: My mother read about this show and wanted to go. I read the reviews and suspected she might not realize what this is about - perhaps too risque for her sensibilities. But she insisted and we made plans. She was spending the holidays with me in NYC, but actually lives in an assisted living facility in Maryland - Hart Heritage Estates. She loves it there and has lots of very conservative friends she interacts with, so I was very skeptical about this show until I saw her reaction to it. I have to tell you I was shocked that she laughed at jokes that would have been considered "dirty" when I was young. Turns out she totally enjoyed herself, as did I just observing my mother showing me a side of her I've never seen. And I loved it.
This Election Blows: Off-Broadway for ONE NIGHT
Lynn Redgrave Theater
First Comes Love is going off-broadway in New York for one night only, sending this election season off with a bang! Days before election day, come relive why this whole thing blows.
Saturday, November 5 // 10p // The Lynn Redgrave Theater / $15 online, $20 at door
First Comes Love, CARNIVAL, and HOWL Launch Party!
The Bell House
First Comes Love is becoming a mini-series on Howl, Earwolf's premium podcast service! To celebrate, we are throwing a launch party and show and carnival! Comedians make homemade carnival games, you play them, then we have a show!
At The Bell House in Brooklyn
Wednesday, June 8 // $10 gets you in and some tokens to play games!
Come & Take It Comedy Takeover - Houston
We're gonna be at Come & Take It Comedy Takeover in Houston, Texas on February 20th!
Anniversary Show at The Bell House, Brooklyn
Our Anniversary show at the Bell House in Brooklyn! We are also recording this show as part of a new mini-series for Howl (Earwolf's premium podcast service)!
Riot LA - Los Angeles' Alternative Comedy Festival
First Comes Love is coming to RIOT fest in Los Angeles! Sunday, January 31 at Five Star Bar!
San Francisco Sketchfest
First Comes Love is at SF Sketchfest this year! 11:30p at the Punchline on Saturday, January 23!
Brooklyn Comedy Festival with RON JEREMY
Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
A SPECIAL EVENT with guest RON JEREMY! Our second year in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
Knitting Factory, Brooklyn. Friday, August 28 at 11:30pm
GET TICKETS ASAP THIS WILL SELL OUT
NerdMelt Showroom - Los Angeles
First Comes Love returns to Los Angeles! We had a blast packing out the incredible NerdMelt Showroom last time we were in town, and cannot wait for this one! At the NerdMelt Showroom, in the back of the dope Meltdown Comic Book Store.
Kansas City - ComedyCity
St. Louis - The Improv Shop
Knitting Factory - Brooklyn
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
First Comes Love returns to the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn! We bring a loose theme of 90s TV Shows! Get ready to fall out of love with your favorite childhood memories. 90s themed dance party after the show!
Doors at 7:30. Show at 8. COME EARLY.
Buy tickets BEFORE THE SHOW, and get in the raffle for RIDICULOUS PRIZES!