Resplendent in greasepaint mustache and greasepaint glasses, Trav's emcee shtick involves a series of deliberately abject routines (juggling with one ball, imitating comedy-team straight men), though he reveals legit comic chops in the production's funniest bit, a sketch about corporate executives who speak in rhyme. The variety acts can be mercifully dubbed a mixed bag, though Amy Harlib ("The Amazing Amy") drew quite a few gasps with an impressive contortionist routine. All told, the results are pitched somewhere between a below-average "Ed Sullivan Show" and an above-average "Gong Show."
Presented by Trav S.D./Mountebanks as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Bleecker Theatre, 45 Bleecker St., NYC. Aug. 13–26. Remaining performances: Wed., Aug. 17, 9 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 4:15 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.