The Naked Comedy Showcase is the creation of Andy Ofiesh, a stand-up comedian from Boston, Massachusetts. For years Andy has organized hosted naked comedy shows featuring Boston area comics doing stand-up in the nude. Andy’s first naked comedy show in a public venue was at Improv Boston this past summer days before going to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. News of the event spread quickly and preceded his arrival in Edinburgh.
“A group of American comics have performed what could be the world’s first naked stand-up show. The little-publicised event in Boston on Tuesday night was a sell-out.”
After arriving in Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Andy seized an opportunity at Spank!, the late night comedy showcase at Smirnoff Underbelly, to do a 1 minute naked promo for the show that he was performing in called Why Work?. The overwhelming positive response at the event prompted Andy to host his Naked Comedy Showcase in Edinburgh.
Encouraged by the success of the shows at Improv Boston and at The Fringe in Edinburgh, Andy has organized an ongoing monthly naked comedy show at Improv Boston. News of the show was reported in both of Boston’s major newspapers:
“Once a month, [Andy] does onstage what most of us could only imagine in our worst nightmare: naked stand-up-comedy…What’s more astonishing is that Ofiesh has persuaded other performers to try nude stand-up, too, and now hosts “the Naked Comedy Showcase” at Improv Boston the First Wednesday of every month.”
— Nick Zaino, Boston Globe
“Spectators who appreciated the comedy seemed to outnumber those who may have simply wanted to see naked people.”
— Sean L McCarthy, Boston Herald