Yes, there is such a thing as "The Wasteland Comedy Hour with
T.S. Eliot" but not for long. The show has its own website with an
introductory page at http://www.wastelandcomedy.com/about.html but
here is a writeup taken from the website of "Metro" a Boston
Reynolds will show you laughs in a handful of dust.
T.S., I LOVE YOU
PROFILE. T. S. Eliot is rolling over and out of his grave to host
ImprovBoston's "The Wasteland Comedy Hour with T.S. Eliot!" This
showcase of seven hour-long talk shows, hosted by T.S. Eliot himself,
a.k.a., veteran Boston performer Neil Reynolds, promises to be a
multimedia comedy event that combines live music, film, sketches,
audience interaction, and even a dance number.
"We thought it would be neat to use this infamous figure from
literature who combined obscure referential themes," says Reynolds.
"T.S. Eliot functions as Kermit in "The Muppet Show." He's there to
usher things along. He's the thing that binds the rest of the show
Reynolds, who confesses not to look or sound anything like the
uncompromising poet, listened to Eliot's voice on recordings and
modified his mannerisms and cadence for the modern audience. But while
he opens the night with a spot of poetry, he assures that Eliot's
purpose is purely comical.
"A lot of the sort of post-modern fear and anxiety is where a lot of
friends and I draw our own inspiration about what's funny," says
Reynolds. "We wanted all of it to have relevance, meaning to issues we
felt were important in modern lives."
With a dead poet as ringmaster, audiences can do less raging against
the modernist machine, and more laughing at it.
"The Wasteland Comedy Hour with T. S. Eliot!"
Every Friday through Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge
MBTA: Red Line to Central