AN INQUIRY INTO HUMAN UNDERSTANDING/CENTURY OF PROGRESS

Genre: Comedy

Comedian Tim Ellis ponders the big questions while sweating the small stuff. A collection of discourses on such philosophical quandaries as reality TV, fast food, and the female anatomy, Inquiry includes stories, dancing, diatribes, and embarrassing admissions. ("Smart, humorous, and engaging...downright hilarious."ónytheatre.com) Afterwards, stick around for scenes from Tim's upcoming variety show, Century of Progress. The progressive cast includes Melanie Martinez, Bob McClure, Kate Reilly, and Matthew Park.
Preview:   04/16/07
Open:   04/16/07
Close:   05/07/07

Schedule:
Mondays, April 16, 23, 30, & May 7, 9:30 pm
Theater:   P.I.T.
Address:   154 West 29th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$5
Buy Tickets Online or Call: at 1-800-838-3006
Company: People's Improv Theater         Official Web Site: www.thepit-nyc.com
TIM ELLIS is an actor, playwright, and comedian who performs the acclaimed one-man show An Inquiry into Human Understanding. An Inquiry ran at the Peoples Improv Theater in 2006, and was called "smart, humorous, engaging...downright hilarious" (nytheatre.com). Also in 2006, he was a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman Award. Tim has performed in his own plays, including Mr. Pizza Man (NY Fringe Festival), Boomer Rocks! (Nada 45), and the award-winning short play Contents Under Pressure, as well as a variety of new and classic plays, around the downtown New York theater scene. His offbeat brand of stand-up comedy has been seen at venues such as Stand-Up NY, Mo Pitkin's, and the Laugh Lounge, and on ABC-TV's prime time special, The New York Comedy Festival. Tim has also appeared in several short films, including Our National Parks (Edinburgh Film Festival), and in television commercials. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company, improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and physical comedy with master clown Christopher Bayes.
KATE REILLY studied acting at Sarah Lawrence College. Her most recent film, Lock, is a selection of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. This fall, Kate played Dr. Balthazar in Vaclav Havel's comedy The Increased Difficulty of Concentration at the Ohio Theater. She first performed alongside Tim Ellis in Our National Parks. British web site Eye for Film called it "...a bleak, accomplished social drama that is well photographed and acted..." Kate works regularly on New York stages, and on prime time and daytime TV.
MELANIE MARTINEZ, an actor and comedian, graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2005, Melanie became the first host of the PBS KIDS Sprout network's original program The Good Night Show and by mid 2006 had reached true pop icon status. By May 2006, a clip of Melanie on The Good Night Show appeared on the weekly Unnecessary Censorship segment of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live show, but later that summer, PBS KIDS Sprout announced that she would no longer appear as the host of The Good Night Show. The decision related to two comedic Internet videos she had appeared in years previously that were a satirical comment on the abstinence-only school curriculum on sexual education. PBS KIDS Sprout deemed some of the language "inappropriate for her role as a preschool program host" resulting in a major media storm. The widely publicized story was covered by The New York Times, CNN, VH1, E! Entertainment Television, The New York Observer, and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. Business 2.0 Magazine included the controversy in the Top 20 of their annual 101 Dumbest Moments in Business for 2006, which was featured on CNN.com. She recently worked as a panelist on VH1's All Access and has performed with the National Shakespeare Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Target Margin, Salt Theatre Company and Inverse Theatre Company. She has also appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Toyota Comedy Festival.
BOB MCCLURE's most recent work can be seen on the Internet sitcom The Burg - www.theburg.tv. The Burg has been reviewed in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired Magazine, and the New York Post, among others. Bob has also completed work on two web sitcoms for ABC.com currently in post-production, as well as commercials for NY Lotto and The History Channel. Additional credits include The Brave One for Warner Brothers, as well as productions with New Dramatists, the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Lucid Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theater, Everyman Theater, Totem Pole Playhouse and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Bob continues to work with the Glass Contraption Theater Company, a group devoted to clowning, Bouffon, and physical performance. Bob has enjoyed working with Jodie Foster, Neil Jordan, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, and Hunter Foster, among others.
MATTHEW PARK studied theater at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. While primarily a stage actor, Matthew occasionally works in film, as when he played the Crew Guy in Drop Dead Gorgeous. This fall, he played Max in Vaclav Havel's The Increased Difficulty of Concentration at the Ohio Theater. Byron and Emily go to Work, which he wrote and starred in with his wife and collaborator Amy Quint, played at the Dublin Fringe Festival and off-off-Broadway. Matthew has played guitar with numerous New York bands, including punk act The Soviets and The Nayon Kim Band.