Shows That Will Make You Laugh: Book of Mormon and Potted Potter

If you’re looking for a night at the theater in NYC, there’s no shortage of options for you to try. Each time I visited the city in the past, I tried to see a play or musical, and this summer has been no exception. In addition to seeing Once for the second time (seeing Once twice, if you will), I recently saw two very funny shows at very different ends of the price spectrum.

book of mormon

First up, Book of Mormon, which has long been atop my list of musicals to see (and which was on my 27 for 27 list for that very reason). My first piece of advice about seeing Book of Mormon – albeit quite obvious advice – is to buy your tickets early. I bought tickets for a July performance way back in February, and even at five months out, options were quite slim. My second piece of advice: be prepared to shell out some dough. In my opinion, the show is worth the price of admission, but it definitely falls in the “splurge” category of entertainment.

As for the musical itself? Freaking hilarious. If you like irreverent humor, this is absolutely the show for you. If, however, you feel uncomfortable at the thought of people doing a jaunty dance number while repeatedly singing, “f*&$ you, God!,” then this is absolutely not the show for you. Luckily, I fall in the former category, so I thought the show was genius.

In fact, I loved everything about the experience, from the clever jokes to the super-catchy tunes to the cast. While it would have been cool to see the original leads perform the show, the guys who play the lead roles now (Matt Doyle and Cody Jamison Strand) were absolutely amazing. As you can tell, I can’t recommend this one enough.

potted potter

Also highly recommended? Potted Potter, a hilarious theater experience that will do much less damage to your wallet (my best friend and I were able to score a good price through a Living Social deal, but buying tickets through the regular box office is also relatively cheap). So what exactly is Potted Potter? In a nutshell, it’s a two man production that tells the story of all seven Harry Potter books in just 70 minutes.

The set is sparse (which the actors poke fun at); there are a few random, cheap props, and the fun is seeing the two guys tell the story with what little stuff they have. If you’re a fan of the books, you will love this show – there are lots of in-jokes that all true HP fans will be well aware of. The show also includes quite a bit of audience participation (like a game of Quidditch!), which is really fun – I was impressed with how well the actors improvised in reaction to the audience.

My takeaway after seeing both shows? Whatever your budget, there are always options for you if you want to have a good laugh during a night out in New York City.

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