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Some people eat Chinese takeout when they smoke marijuana and some people watch Star Trek reruns, but not this comedic trio — they monologue.
Comedians steeped in stoner experiences are coming to the performance hotspot Littlefield in Gowanus with a show that’s inspired by the format, if not the decidedly more serious content, of the “Vagina Monologues.”
“Vaginas were already taken,” said writer Tony Carmin. “We’re not saying, marijuana instead of vaginas, because in a perfect world you can have both.”
That’s right, it’s the “Marijuana-Logues,” a three man act written by Carmin and his stoner-buddies Arj Barker and documentary “Super High Me” star Doug Benson. Carmin will be performing with Rob Cantrell of “Last Comic Standing” fame and comedian Bruce Cherry — who has on his list of accomplishments winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest.
“We had to go see the show in LA, the ‘Vagina Monologues,’ three women on stools talking about their hoohoos,” said Carmin. “It’s a very easy thing to parody, we just got three stools and took some jokes from our acts.”
Marijuana is, after all, the perfect monologue topic, according to Carmin.
“We’re all pretty much stoners anyway, plus it’s a good level of taboo,” said Carmin. “It’s not like we’re talking about heroin here, and on the other hand, if it was the ‘Beer-Logues,’ it woudn’t have that same edge.”
The show, aside from featuring three men, looks like the “Vagina Monologues,” with stools and music stands, but that’s where the similarities end.
“We start the same way they do, but instead of saying, ‘vagina, vagina, vagina,’ we say, ‘marijuana, marijuana, marijuana,’ ” said Carmin. “So we start that way, but we veer off.”
The show may have been written by three comedic geniuses, but its target audience may be tough to find.
“Ideally, someone who is a comedy fan, stoner, and has seen the ‘Vagina Monologues,’ ” said Carmin. “I would say most people aren’t familiar with the ‘Vagina Monologues’ — a lot of these stoner kids haven’t been out to Broadway.”
“Marijuana-Logues” may have enough laughs to pack a 12-foot-tall bong, but that doesn’t mean the show is — like the herb — without its serious side.
“It’s mostly humor, but Rob Cantrell, he has a great story about being arrested in New York City and spending the weekend in jail,” said Carmin. “It’s such a good story and it’s true. It lets you know, you can still go to jail for marijuana, so people on the West Coast are surprised, they can’t believe, they think they’re savages out there. New York has some of the most intense marijuana laws.”
“Marijuana-Logues” at the Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Third Avenues, in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). Oct. 22, 7:30 pm, $5–$8.Reach reporter Colin MIxson at email@example.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
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