Comedian Paul Mecurio debuts a new solo show where audience members join him onstage and speak candidly about their life experiences and opinions.
The Off-Broadway production of Permission to Speak With Paul Mecurio closed August 22, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: "Permission to Speak with Paul Mecurio" is a show, starring you, the audience, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedian/actor, Paul Mecurio. In this unscripted, audience interactive experience, Paul randomly selects certain audience members, improvises with them on stage and through simple conversation draws out amazing, funny and eye-opening stories about people’s lives and what they think without feeling boxed in by contrived political correctness. A breath of fresh air, "Permission to Speak" takes the audience on a fun, entertaining, revealing, and liberating journey. With true “Oh My God!” moments, this is a show starring the audience that has never been done before. YOU have permission to be part of this unforgettable theater experience.
Paul Mecurio is an Emmy and Peabody award winning comedian who headlines shows throughout the US and Europe. Prior to entering the world of entertainment, Mecurio worked as a lawyer on Wall Street and an investment banker. While on Wall Street, Mecurio had a chance encounter with late night comedy icon, Jay Leno, who subsequently hired him to write jokes for NBC’s "The Tonight Show". After living a secret double life as a Wall Street lawyer/banker by day and comedian by night, Mecurio, at the encouragement of Leno, left his day job to go into entertainment full time. This led to his work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Mecurio plans to improvise with audience members by randomly bringing them on stage and talking with them about who they are, their lives, interests, personal experiences and what they honestly think. He wants the audience to feel that they can say what they want without worrying about what he’s calling “contrived political correctness” or fear of offending. He promises the show will be funny first and foremost, but also a “truly freeing experience.”