A laughing matter: local comedy show picked up for national tour

The improvisational comedy show will use only local actors

NORFOLK — Push Comedy Theater — purveyors of improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy alike, will be taking one of the shows on a national tour, said Brad McMurran, one of the “Pushers” and an owner of the comedy theater.

Push’s comedic and improvised murder mystery show, titled “The Unusual Suspects,” has sold out every month for nearly three years, according to the Push’s Facebook page.

The show will be touring throughout Arizona in Fall 2018, and McMurran said the cast will be pulled from local actors and students from Push’s theater.

“Translation; no New York actors,” McMurran said. “No offense, I love y’all and was one for some time, but our program at the Push is well equipped for this challenge.”

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“The Unusual Suspects” is not the first comedy show to be written by the Pushers and picked up for production elsewhere.

In May 2013, “Cuff Me: The 50 Shades of Grey Musical Parody,” debuted as an off-Broadway show in New York. An authorized take on E. L. James’s erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the musical parody was written by McMurran, fellow Pusher Sean Devereux, and Jeremiah Albers.

Cuff Me has been performed in theaters throughout the United States, including in New York, Massachusetts, California and Texas.

McMurran and the rest of the Pushers are aiming for the Unusual Suspects show to follow suit, and see the Arizona tour as just the beginning.

“This will begin what hopefully will be a series of traveling shows for this wonderful form,” McMurran said.

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