Ikechukwu Ufomadu: Amusements + Courtney Pauroso: Vanessa 5000

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February 17, 2024

Blue Heaven 2024

2 Hours + 30 Minutes


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Ikechukwu Ufomadu: Amusements

Vulture’s Comedians You Should Know (2022)

Emmy-nominated comedian and “gentleman-scholar of alt-comedy” Ikechukwu Ufomadu seeks to provide you, the audience, with the finest Amusements he can muster.

Watch as this actor, entertainer and avant-garde soothsayer pursues this goal with serene diligence, defying genre while operating within the bounds of international law.

His signature use of the time-tested tools of words, music, and light multimedia are sure to usher you oh-so-gently into a haze of mirthful absurdity.

★★★★ “Magnificently befuddling satire” Time Out

★★★★ “A fresh, funny act, at once very clever and very silly” Telegraph

★★★★ “Endearingly nonsensical” Guardian

★★★★★ “A thrilling masterclass in bafflement” Voice Mag

★★★★ “A bizarre and almost unsettling hour” The List

About Ike Ufomadu
Ikechukwu Ufomadu is an Emmy-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actor, writer and comedian, named a “Comedian You Should and Will Know” by Vulture/New York Magazine and a “Comic to Look Out For” by Time Out New York.

He co-wrote and stars in the indie comedy feature Inspector Ike (BRIC/Factory 25), which won the Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival. He also co-wrote and stars in the short-form series Words with Ike (FX) which was recognized with an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Short Form Series.

He recently wrote for the late night series Ziwe (Showtime) and has also written for the Emmy-nominated Tooning Out The News (Paramount Plus) and Paid Off (TruTV).

As an actor, he can be seen in the Oscar-nominated Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros), Los Espookys (HBO), Three Busy Debras, Joe Pera Talks With You (Adult Swim) and more. He was in the world premiere production of Clare Barron’s Dance Nation. As a comedian, he’s performed at venues including The Kennedy Center, SXSW, The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Bushwick Starr, JACK, Netflix Is A Joke and San Francisco Sketchfest.

Courtney: Vanessa 5000

Following sold out runs in New York, London, and Edinburgh, LA clown Courtney Pauroso returns as sex robot Vanessa 5000, who — over the course of her product demonstration — grows increasingly conflicted about technology, modernity and her own existence. Directed by Corey Podell.

About Courtney Pauroso
Courtney Pauroso is an award-winning actor, writer and comedian based in LA. She co-wrote and appeared in Two Pink Doors, a series of 5-minute shorts for FX, directed by Dr. Brown, and has several television projects in development with long time collaborator Natalie Palamides, including a series produced by Mark Duplass. She was a series regular on Like & Subscribe, and has also appeared in Jackass Forever, Reno 911, Key & Peele, 2 Broke Girls, Florida Girls, The Opening Act, and Dogleg. She is a former member of the Groundlings Sunday Company and Washington D.C.’s internationally renowned physical theatre company Synetic Theater.

★★★★ “A masterful, athletic physical performance” Telegraph

★★★★ “Brilliantly bold” Time Out

★★★★★ “Late-night Fringe entertainment at its best” Comic’s Comic

★★★★ “A powerhouse performance” Chortle

★★★★ “Intensely physical and unexpectedly moving” Fest Mag

★★★★ “Absurdly sexy and completely bonkers” Edfringe Review 

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