The Joe Moses Showses is set to descend upon Boston on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at ImprovBoston, and the action-packed variety comedy show is sure to please audiences of all ages. This family-friendly show, brought to you by entertainer Joe Moses, will feature sketch comedy, improvisation, parodies, and a whole slew of other goodies.
Joe Moses first rose to internet stardom with Team StarKid in A Very Potter Musical that launched the career of GLEE’s Darren Criss among others.
His new comedy show, The Joe Moses Showses, has been a hit with fans and critics across the nation. This all-new show, created especially for this 2013 tour will feature guest stars Curt Mega (Glee) and Tessa Netting(Billy Eliot).
This will be Moses’ first time performing in Boston, and he could not be more excited about it. He recently took some time to speak with the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner about the tour and all of the excitement it promises to bring to Boston.
AF: Thanks for chatting with me, Joe! Tell me all about the show you’re bringing to Improv Boston this weekend.
JM: Sure, sure. Well it’s called the Joe Moses Showses. And it’s hard to describe in one word but it’s a sketch comedy variety show. It definitely has something for everyone. We do comedy, we do improvisation, a lot of parodies, and then there’s music, musical improvisation. So, it’s a lot of things, all in one.
AF: Tell me about some of the parodies you’ll be going.
JM: One of the ones that is sort of the one that has built my strongest following, that I always like to do is a Harry Potter parody of the character, Snape. And he’s called the ‘Potion Master.’ And that’s actually something I’ve done online under The Potion Master’s Corner. That’s the name of the trade. That was very popular online. So there’s some Harry Potter parodies, we do Dr. Who parodies. Be on the lookout for some more other relevant , sort of, pop culture ones like Star Trek and Batman. In terms of improvisation, we do actual live improvisation with the audience where we take questions from the audience and I have to answer them on the spot. My co-host, Curt Mega, rings a bell and every time I answer the question I have to come up with a completely new answer, right there on the spot. So it’s very interactive. It has a very light-hearted, almost concert-like feel to it.
AF: That should be great because sometimes you get to these comedy shows that are kind of monotonous. You know, you might have just all stand-up or…
JM: You wonder where the comedy is in the comedy show.
AF: Exactly. Yeah, you’re just like okay. Is it done yet?
JM: Well, if you’re bored you’ll only be bored for 5 minutes at a time. We change gears every 5 minutes.
AF: It doesn’t even sound like I would be bored for 5 minutes. Haha… Tell me a bit about the other performers that you’re bringing with you that are part of it.
JM: I am so excited. I have my first choice of performers. They’re both good friends of mine and they were my first choice to be on the cast with me. I have my friend, Curt Mega, who was a featured guest star on Glee for a couple episodes. He’s also doing right now a web series called ‘Buffering’ where he is playing the lead and producing that web series. He’s more of the leading man, musical theater actor kind of guy. So, it’s really funny to put him in these really wacky, sketch comedy situations. And I have Tess Netting with me who got her start in the original Broadway cast of Billy Elliot, but after she left the show she became sort of a parody queen of her own. She released this awesome viral video that mashed up The Book of Mormon and Harry Potter. And so she continued from there. She’s a big YouTuber and she does all sorts of comedy and parody and also musical theater. And then me. I come from a sort of similar background, but on the other end, where I spread it out doing more drama and comedy and improv and then I did musical theater with StarKid. And then we’re all sort of joining forces for this tour.
AF: You guys get to do what means the most to you and sort of forge your own direction which is nice after all that theater.
JM: Yeah, that’s really the liberating aspect of it is our overriding philosophy that if we’re having fun you’re having fun. So, it’s a very light-hearted affair. The show runs a little over an hour, hour fifteen and I hope you’re laughing the whole time because we’re having a blast doing it.
AF: How did you guys get this started initially?
JM: Well, this is something I’ve been doing for roughly 2 years, I guess. I originally did a show called the Joe Moses One-Man Showses. Which was never really a one-man show, it was just a little bit more in the vein of a one-man show where it had a little more, you know, longer stand-up and more one-man show, story-telling aspect to it. But as I got to do it, i found I really, really enjoyed working with all these amazing people that I met. And I love writing for them. Sketch comedy is so great because even if, you know, we have a lot of different fans from all different fandoms. All different areas. So, really sketch-comedy allows you to reach out to so many different people and each one may have a different favorite part. I got started doing that and as the show continued to grow and become more and more fun, I just really decided I wanted to do a variety show. Something that has a whole different spectrum of things and I knew Curt and Tessa through, oh, jeez, it’s hard to explain… Various friends and acquaintances and we became friends and really clicked. I think they’re incredible; each of them individually. I was really happy to have them with me.
AF: That’s awesome. It sounds like you guys are bringing something completely unique and original to our fair city.
JM: Exactly. If there’s one thing I can say it’s that this is something you probably have never seen anywhere else before. I really think it’s something everyone can enjoy. I started out with a group called Team StarKid. We started out with a Harry Potter musical, the musical parody of Harry Potter. So Harry Potter is still very much a part of my life. There’s often things from Dr. Who and Batman and pop culture and straight up stand-up and improvisation. So I really do think there’s something for everybody in this show. And, it’s an all ages show. We never go too rough with it.
AF: Yeah, fantastic. So, even a broader appeal.
JM: Yeah, absolutley.
AF: You’re doing this in several locations, where does Boston fall into that?
JM: Boston is our second city. We opened in New York last weekend. We really, really enjoyed our time in New York. We did two performances. We’re going to do three performances in Boston. And I am so excited because this is my first time ever in the city of Boston.
AF: How exciting!
JM: Yeah, and what better way than to go and do a show for people. And, I’ve heard so many great things about the Improv Boston, particularly, and the Boston comedy scene. A lot of people i knew in the New York City had come there from Boston and recommended venues and places to be and I’m really excited about that. Also a lot of my interaction with people is on Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr… All these different social media sites and I’m always getting messages from fans saying, ‘Oh you should come to blank… come here, come here.’ One of the ones I got most currently was, ‘Come to Boston. Come to Boston!’ So I’ve really been trying to come to Boston for a long time so it’s nice that it finally happened.
AF: Yeah, that is really exciting. I think it’s going to be a great weekend. So, you’re here Saturday and Sunday?
JM: Yep, we’re doing Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and then we’re doing Sunday at 2:00 p.m..
AF: Fantastic. Well, I have to say I’m a little sad because I will actually be in Montreal this weekend, but I hope the shows go really well for you and that you come back real soon!
JM: Thank you!
Tickets are going fast for The Joe Moses Showses this weekend at ImprovBoston, so be sure to purchase yours right away. ImprovBoston is located at 40 Prospect Street in Cambridge.