Joe’s Pub at The Public presents the world-wide premiere of Murray Hill: About To Break, a new comedy and theatrical event written and performed by Hill and directed and developed with Tony Award-winning lyricist, writer, and director Scott Wittman. Renowned as a comic host around the world, this new show is a departure, putting Hill center stage in the first major dedicated solo show of his long, storied career.
About To Break is an ecstatic and heartfelt comedy show about a man who loves to perform and performs to live. Called “the reigning patriarch of downtown performance” by The New York Times, Murray Hill shines a spotlight on a man who keeps going despite years of struggles and heartbreak. For the first time on stage, he flips the record and plays the B-side of his seemingly sparkly showbiz life. Detailing his chronic middle-aged crisis, numerous comebacks and infamous ad-libbing, the show builds to Hill’s defining moment: a wrenching breakup song entitled “The Girl I Left Behind.” The show asks, “What drives him to keep going? How did he get here? Who the hell is this guy they call Mr. Showbiz?”
Hill has been honing his act and flexing his showbiz chops for decades—from Ave C and 4th street, running for Mayor of New York City against Giuliani in the 1990s, calling Bingo on the Bowery, hosting thousands of shows, touring the country with Dita Von Teese, performing on the comedy circuit with Bridget Everett, slinging jokes at Bally’s in Vegas, and starring in the hit cabaret Club Swizzle at The Sydney Opera House. But somehow, he’s still waiting for his big break. It’s always right around the corner. He’s been around many corners, he’s walking in circles. He’s paid his showbiz dues and is still paying–on a monthly plan, with interest. He is finally back home in the city where he was born again, and he’s about to break. Literally.
About to Break is part of New York Voices, the artist commissioning program of Joe’s Pub at The Public.
"Murray sends a life-affirming jolt to your senses and a bottle rocket right through your heart. Hands-down one of the funniest and most human performers I've ever worked with.” – Bridget Everett
“I didn’t know it, but 20 years ago my life was missing a 1950s-style, Borscht Belt, all-American cheese ball comedy showbiz genius. But then I saw the light that is Murray Hill! Murray Hill is a legend!” – Alan Cumming
“I’ve seen Murray Hill perform a hundred and fifty times, and he can easily go toe to toe with heavyweights like Don Rickles, Rusty Warren, and Dean Martin.” – Ad-Rock, Beastie Boys