Two gentleman brawlers drag each other through eternity with only each other’s courtesy and cruelty to keep them alive. A hysterical, brawling clash of 1920’s silent film and rock n' roll vaudeville, Handshake Uppercut is an unabashedly dark, erotic, edgy and super-funny experience. Oscillating between gleeful savagery and seething politesse, Fringe circuit veterans John Leo (Best of Fringe, SF: '03/'08, Boulder '12) and Jay Dunn (Edinburgh & Philly ‘10) take silent comedy to its outer limits in this hilarious Beckettian duel.
Handshake Uppercut debuted as a ten-minute amuse-bouche at the New York Clown Theatre Festival in 2010. On its way to full-length status, the show appeared at the 2011 Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), was developed as artist-in-residence at Dixon Place, and appeared at the 2012 New Works Festival at the Tank (NYC). After a guest appearance on Second City's Mainstage and a successful run at the Chicago Fringe Festival, the show returned home to a SOLD OUT stint at the 2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival.
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