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Ben San Del

A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex

Location + schedule

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St.

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Friday 8/65:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/81:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/108:30 p.m.  
Friday 8/135:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/1410:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/158:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 16+
Comedy, Drama, Relationships

Created by Ben San Del
bensandel.com

Overall rating



"5 Stars. Very highly recommended." - Twin Cities Daily Planet

"An endearing, well-structured piece. Nice Guy moves along at a good clip, with candor and truly funny shtick." - Examiner

"Natalie Rae Wass stole the show (and my heart), which was no easy feat among such a solid cast. Really clever, really sweet and fun show." - Minnesota Playlist

"5 Stars. Ben San Del's writing is as sharp as in his solo shows...All the actors are wonderful." - Shockwave Radio Theatre Review

WHAT?
From the creator of last year's encore-winning "Animal Cracker Genocide," and past hits "Mittens for Fat Kids" and "Strawberry Fields Temporarily."

Fringe veterans Ben San Del (writer/producer), Amber Preston, Phillip Low (co-writer), and Natalie Rae Wass* star as fledgling stand-up comics who force each other to embrace the embarrassments of love while evading the dangers of being "nice."

*Actors' Equity member



Here's a Fringe-for-All preview to give you a tease. For more video, check out our 60-second trailer for the Visi Fringey contest.

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Phillip Low and Natalie Rae Wass star as Frank and Sarah. Low previously wrote and produced the encore-winning "Descendant of Dragons." This is Wass' 11th Fringe show.

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Amber Preston is a regular headliner at comedy clubs throughout the region. She plays Audrey.

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Ben San Del plays Charlie. This is San Del's fourth Fringe Festival production. He was described in City Pages as a "reliably on-target stalwart."

PRAISE FOR SAN DEL'S PREVIOUS SHOWS:
"Sharp, with perfect pacing" - St. Paul Pioneer Press

"This show is garnering nothing but praise - so make sure to mark it on your Fringe itinerary!" - Secrets of the City

"Ben's unique way of looking at the world makes everything a cause for laughter. Five Stars." - Twin Cities Daily Planet

"Best Comedy" - L'etoile Magazine

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This show is part of the Rockstar Storytellers Fringe Passport 2 series.

All photography by Craig VanDerSchaegen (except Amber Preston pics)
All promotional graphics by Andy Erikson

Natalie Rae Wass
Role: Sarah Flynn
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Natalie Rae Wass has appeared in the last 10 Fringes, including hits "The Tyranny of God's Love" and "Love in a Time of Rinderpest." A member of the Actors' Equity Association, Wass has also performed in numerous shows at the Old Log Theater, in various capacities at the Mall of America, as a living statue with Mannequin in Motion, as a singing telegram with Partycrashers, and with her dance company Inimitable Feets.

Amber Preston
Role: Audrey May
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Amber Preston performs stand-up comedy at clubs and colleges nationwide and was invited to showcase her skills at the prestigious Aspen Comedy Festival this summer. Preston performs regularly at the renowned Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, the House of Comedy in the Mall of America and as a headliner at the Joke Joint Comedy Club in Bloomington. She has acted in the award-winning 48-Hour Film Festival movie "The Grave Review" and in the hit 2009 Fringe show "I'd Kick Puppies for You."

Note: All jokes performed by Preston's character, Audrey, while "on stage" are written by Preston.

You can also catch her in the Fringe show KRAP FM.

Phillip Low
Role: Co-writer/Franklin J.P.
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Phillip Andrew Bennett Low is a Twin Cities playwright, storyteller, professional mime, actor and theater critic. In 2007, Low's one-man show, "Descendant of Dragons," won him rave reviews and an encore performance at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He has also won acclaim at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Spirit in the House, FoolFest, and the DC, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Melbourne, Australia Fringe Festivals. Low is the founder of the theater company Maximum Verbosity and co-founder of the Twin Cities performance troupe Rockstar Storytellers.

Low is also starring in the Sara Stevenson Scrimshaw show My Mother Told Me. And he will be reading a story at the Aug. 11 performance of Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts.

Ben San Del
Role: Writer/Director/Charlie Whims
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Ben San Del. wrote and produced the hit Fringe shows "Mittens For Fat Kids," "Strawberry Fields Temporarily," and the encore-winning "Animal Cracker Genocide," a one-man show listed as "Best Comedy" in L'etoile Magazine. A former newspaper reporter, columnist and theater critic, San Del turned to performance after winning Acme Comedy Co.'s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest in 2006. He now regularly emcees and features at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the region. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has called San Del's writing "sharp, with perfect pacing," and the City Pages has called him a "reliably on-target stalwart." He is also a member of the Twin Cities performance troupe Rockstar Storytellers.

Cy Amundson
Role: Announcer V.O.
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Cy Amundson is a nationally touring comedian recently invited to perform in the Great American Comedy Festival, the Aspen Comedy Festival and the Seattle International Comedy Competition. He's a regular feature at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis and was a semi-finalist in Acme's Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest, losing out to Ben San Del. Watch his runner-up stand-up on Rooftopcomedy.com.

User reviews

Not what I was expecting
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Somehow between the title and the cast I got the idea that this was either going to be storytelling or stand-up or both lodged in my head. The last thing I was expecting was a fully-realized dramatic script laced with comedic goldmines.

But that's what I got.

Wass, Preston, Low, and San Del are all fantastically funny. Their characters are endearing human beings who are flawed in interesting yet realistic ways. The script is nuanced, layered, and clever.

In retrospect, perhaps the most impressive part of this show about stand-up comics is that the entire play is structured like a truly excellent stand-up routine: Multiple, running threads of jokes. Callbacks. Escalating stakes. And yet, despite this apropos structure, it flows with an easy, charming naturalism.

You ever see those sitcoms starring comics which are ostensibly based on their comedy and yet feel absolutely nothing like stand-up routines? This is the opposite of that. And it's brilliant.

kind show
by amihan huesmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw this on a raucous Saturday night, so the crowd was perfect for the show.

However---it is well written and the acting was consistently good. What got it the fifth kitty, though, is the few judiciously placed touching moments. Well done, and congrats on the encore!

Woot!
by Kristi Lawless Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
One of my favorites. Lots of laughs and a few touching moments. Great end of the day show.

The cast was nice.
by Jen Zalar Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is it. The goods. You think this was a show? This IS how the stand up scene works.

I met my fiancée while we were both doing stand up. And it was seriously every bit as awkward as this portrays.

The performances were flawless, and there can never be enough mime. And the script was totally honest. Which is what stand up is all about.

Remarkably Realistic Romance
by Max Herzl-Betz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a great show. The dialogue was funny and fit the theme, the different segments of the story all connected well with one another, and the acting overall was brilliant. And to top it all off the ending makes a much more realistic turn of events than any other story about realtionships that I have seen, heard or read. Great job overall.

Ben does it again!
by Bradley Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a really fun show with a great cast and script. Last show is Saturday at 10pm, but with the crowds this show has been pulling you just might get to see it on Sunday too! One of my top 5 favorites for this year's fringe!

Funny with a bit of Pepper
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The nice guy finds that may not be enough. The not-so-nice guy finds that he needs more. The women are in control. Seems just about right.

A Most "Tolerable" Show
by Jennie Eckholt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The show is charming and at the same time hilarious. I recommend you put aside your "nice guy" tendencies and tame this jungle!

Superb
by steve Heikens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Lines were hilarious. Acting superb, tough scenes handled beautifully

"Our Flaws Are Our Livelihood"
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Another show about actors acting as actors, and without a real ending. Still, Ben San Del's writing is as sharp as in his solo shows. The women make the major moves on their fellow male comics, and the guys are awkward in any relationship. Alas, no "guide", but the comedy comes out of the situation and is driven by well-defined characters. All the actors are wonderful, though special mention must be made for Phillip Andrew Bennett Low's miming. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Longer reviews with pictures at Baron Dave's LiveJournal and snarky comments on Facebook.

Well worth seeing.
by Warren Bowles Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Like other reviewers I was put off by the title. I expected something sophmoric and mildly humorous. Much to my surprise it is a well written, very funny piece strongly influenced by the world of stand-up. Good performances by all four actors.

Well worth seeing.

Guess I'm the voice in the wilderness...
by Bob Subiaga Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
But Ben and Amber were HILARIOUS in the showcase preview; I'd watch 45 minutes of that--or just that bit 15x over. This just isn't funny. (And if it's meant to be more a drama it's not THAT touching.) Sorry. Give us a sequel, just base it on what we saw in the showcase, and I'll be there!

Funny, with heart!
by Sarah Eshelman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Most romantic comedies are predictable--this one *so* wasn't.

Believable characters; brilliant writing; a plot that kept me wondering what on earth would happen next. Ben San Del shows versatility, ranging from extreme humor that had the audience roaring, to unique insights I really appreciated his sharing.
Excellent performance by all four actors. This was the first Fringe show I've ever seen; they set the bar very high!

sharp and honest
by Dave Stagner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
So why do girls like Audrey never hit on me? Geez.

The comedy just serves as a cushion for a straight romantic story about the pain and awkwardness that can happen when the cold and heartless become romantically involved with nice guys (and nice girls). The mean ones find their hearts touched and torn, and the nice ones find themselves pushed beyond their limits.

The best part is how completely believable the characters are, and how well the relationships work. I laughed hard, but didn't cry because I'm cold and heartless.

Great fun.
by Emily Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Funny, smart, touching, well-written. Great work, team. I'd recommend this one to anyone looking to laught for an hour.

Good Writing and Good Acting
by Miker Frantes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex was full of great humor. I couldn't help from laughing through the whole thing. I was really impressed with the caliber of acting in this work. There were parts where the actors had facial expressions that were exactly what was needed and conveyed the message perfectly. The show still managed to maintain an air of humor during serious times, which was really difficult, but the play was written well.

The only complaint I have about it is that the laughter of the crowd was too loud at times for me to hear well. The play was amazing.

Five kitties from me.

Six Crawdads Gouge a Unity Week
by Brian Watson-Jones Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Fun show! A lot more heart and emotional compassion than sarcastic hipsters usually get, and all of it earned. And yeah, the stand-up delivers the funny. Why hasn't anyone else paired a comedian with a mime?

Truthful and entertaining
by daniel taradash Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Often, young peoples stories about sex (or lack therelf) tend to be flat and uninspiring. This one hits the right notes. lessons taught early on pay off in the end. very KIND!

2nd SHOW FOR A NEWBIE FRINGE-ER
by Tristine Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Since my rule for this year’s Fringe is COMEDY ROCKS!!!! I picked “The Guide” because it is a great combination of two of the things I love dearly…Stand-up AND Theater. So I may not be an uptight, hoity-toity theater aficionado, but I know what I like.

Given that my 1st performance was a musical; my second performance was something that surprised me in a delightful way. I was all by my lonesome for this particular show, which I really don’t mind overall (being lonesome that is) unless of course, what I was about to see completely sucks. But I found myself laughing gleefully to myself and with the full-house that attended as well.

Compared to the first show I saw, there was a noticeably different and more professional use of the stage and props. Perhaps it was because there was more experience with this particular group of theater people, but I was impressed at how much they were able to do with so little.

One of the things I enjoyed the most was the character development in “The Guide”. I’m not only a sucker for musicals, but I heart strong characters and this show did not disappoint me. The fact that there was a mixture of stand-up AND theatrical comedy in such a perfect blend, I found myself completely aroused! Not in a sexual way, you perv…but in lust of the complete comedic character orgy on stage!

Of course, I only give this show 4 kitties…ummm…maybe I missed the website part about the history of the kitty, but ok, I will roll with this as well. The reason for this 4 star…er, kitty rating is because there was a point in the writing where they got too awkward in the breakup. While I expected awkwardness to be a prevailing theme in the show, I was a bit disappointed in how the awkwardness actually became rather sad. Such humor, such energy, such vision in the first 3-quarters of the play, and then, BAM!!!!...here appears the same conflict hit the writer of “The Guide” as happened in the 1st play I attended. How does one end the story to coincide with that 1-hour time-frame?!?!?!

As far as the Mixed Blood Theater, oh, wow! I think attention needs to be made towards exiting a full-house for such a small venue. Perhaps you can move the exiting crowd out the rear exit instead of leading them past the huge crowds and cramped quarters of the front. Good thinking about the Rush sign volunteers sitting outside. I was so confused by the narrow entrance, but had the wherewithal to ask someone in a shirt where I could go…and instead of telling me to take a flying leap, they were very kind!

This nice guy finishes first
by Robert Sidman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a show about stand-up comics by stand-up comics. Technically fast paced without missing a beat. Personally, I laughed so hard I needed a tranquilizer after the show.

A very funny show!
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
These are inherently funny characters, and the actors deliver them with aplomb.

The only reason that I give this show 4 kitties as opposed to 5, is the weakness of the script. While I applaud the reality of the story and the real ending to the relationships with no superficial/perfect ending, there are aspects that leave me wanting.

But this is a Fringe show, and what can I expect from having to condense two full relationships between four different and varied characters in less than an hour. I'm silly and I know it.

I was entirely engaged throughout the production. Kudos to all of you involved.

One of my Fringe Favorites
by April Peterson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very entertaining and fun!

Just so entertaining!
by Tony Hanson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Reading about this I had no plans to go because it just didn't sound promising to me. Fortunately, a number of people in fringe lines praised this show highly.

Go see this. These folks are really funny!

And talk to people in lines ...

So funny that I ...
by Katy Read Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
... laughed until I cried. I think I said the same thing about Ben's show last year. Well, it was even more true this time! Compelling characters and situations, genuinely hilarious lines. And all of the cast members were great.

Mild spoilers enclosed
by Careswen ferch Madoc Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great stand-up blended with excellent storyline. Lots of hilarious and/or sweet moments. I wanted to cry when the confetti came out.

My only complaints are about wanting more than they could give me in an hour! I could have used another scene between Charlie and Audrey showing the progression of their relationship between their two bedroom scenes. And I want to know what happens next for these people.

Excellent work, don't miss.

complex done well
by barb brown Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fun play that has complex material fit into less than an hour. Should be seen twice.

Fun hour
by Elizabeth Boyle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Very funny show, but not quite five stars. The one comic was an excellent mime. Two others were great at stand-up. "Tolerable" scene was hilarious; car scene was not as well executed. Overall, I would highly recommend this show.

I have nothing clever.
by Brigette Schauls Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great job! I was entertained the whole time. I enjoyed where the story went and the finishing sketch, for me, is what made the whole play.

Loved The Stand Up
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Having never seen the work of this cast, I didn't have much context for this production other than that it was already a bona fide Fringe hit by its second performance.

The story was clever, the execution sharp, and the pieces of stand up interwoven into the staging could be riotous. And while I found the play itself to be lacking in depth, and the scene work a bit hurried, the laughs made this an experience worth having.

King of Callbacks
by Laurie Swenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Incredible from start to finish. Great writing, clever dialogue, wonderful job by the entire cast. I LOL'd out loud, as Adrian Monk would say. Ben San Del is the king of callbacks; you just never know when there will be something there that will come back and make you laugh all over again. I would so totally see this again.

Thumbs up for a Great Entertainment
by wendy thoren Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Stand Up meets Interpersonal Relationships. A must see. Go early... it is selling out. Good timing. Good blend. Good balance of characters & mixed style.

Don't question this
by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm very impressed with the script, the acting, and the impeccable sense of comic timing. Not much more to add to what's already been said by other reviewers, except that this was the first time ever that I did not want to hit a mime in the face.

Stand up for yourself, Nice Guy!
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
So a Nice Guy, his asshole buddy, and their feisty female friend take a road trip... How many standup comedians does it take to screw in a green room? The show really is about a nice guy whose only sex is awkward sex. He's got some awkward friends who also get lucky, sometimes to the point of accidentally falling in love.

Totally worth standing in a long line for this show.

Love love love!
by Fringenheit 451 Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Supercute show full of laughs! I liked that it was sort of sassy and snarky, yet very sweet and human at the same time. What a great mix.

Guys, Pause For The Applause!
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is a 5 Kitty show. No question.

I gave it 4 Kitties for 2 reasons.

1. Please, guys, just pause for a moment and give the audience a chance to laugh/applaud and catch up. We're not as slick and fast as you.

2. My little review is meaningless in the Fringe sphere. This show should and will sell out its remaining performances because it's great.

This nice guy got in first today!
by evelyn blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
First show of my first day of seeing a full seven shows.

it was the best kick off to my Day on Sunday! I hope to see more scripted longer acts by Ben.

the cast was great, it was fun, sweet, perfect Fringe time humor. I could have sat there for two straight hours of it!

meow meow meow meow meow!
by Andy Erikson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This play is way funnier than Cy Amundson.

Very funny, so I demand they go further
by Derek Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Ben San Del's latest Fringe effort is very, very funny. I'll get that out of the way right now so that my comments later on don't seem like I was expecting too much.

San Del, along with Amber Preston and Phillip Low, play a group of aspiring comedians who bounce back and forth between unpaid open mic nights in Minneapolis to paid (but degrading) performances for obnoxious drunks in far flung bars in greater Minnesota. It’s not exactly a great way to make a living, but they go on with it anyway, which is both sad and admirable (or “sadmirable”).

Then, all sorts of relationship stuff starts to get in the way. I won’t rehash much of it, because the plot is least interesting thing here. It plays out like a standard (if mildly foul-mouthed) sitcom. The scenes between the characters when they’re not on a comedy stage are simply serviceable. They get the job done, anyway, and that job is to act as a delivery system for some rapid-fire verbal-sparring comedy, in the same way that a cracker’s job is to act as a delivery system for delicious cheese.

I do have to take a moment to single out Natalie Wass, the fourth actor in the show. Her character made a decision to be more bold in life, but is so shy and awkward, it takes her 13 weeks to work up the courage to do an open mic night. Wass has built a character that is both extremely funny and extremely sympathetic, and her transformation from dippy comic bit to complex, emotional being throughout the show was fascinating and strange, briefly transcending the sitcom setup she was placed in.

Does every stand-up comedian secretly want to write a sitcom? Don’t get me wrong, this is a hilarious show packed to the gills with wit, but Ben San Del’s first foray into multi-character plays works best when he puts the characters in front of a microphone and lets them play the crowd.

Even forgetting about comedy for a second, the most affecting moments of the play happen during a sequence where we watch the comedians doing their sets, even though their emotions have just been crushed by the various people they love. Watching them squirm, soldier on or bail on their jokes let us see past the comedic self-defense mechanisms that they all employ, and, for a few moments, let us see vulnerable and relatable people onstage, something that San Del should trust himself to do more often in future shows.

Two Stand Up Guys
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Rockstar Storyteller and stand-up comic Ben San Del joins with fellow Rockstar Philip Low to write a fun new play. It is said, “Write what you know”, and their play is about two stand-up comics (played by Ben and Philip) and their bittersweet love lives. Ben’s nice-guy comic takes up with, and is intimidated by, a brassy stand-up veteran played by Amber Preston. Meanwhile, in a particularly well-acted subplot, Philip’s jerk takes up with a sweet stand-up wannabe played by Fringe favorite Natalie Wass.

Wheeeeee!
by Scott Linke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really enjoyed it. Great acting and a fine, fine script. Go... And you will laugh. Don't question this.

Funny and kinda sweet
by Holly Davis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The two nice guy writers of this show might shrink from the label "kinda sweet" but this is ultimately what I liked best about this show, which was certainly filled with many laughs and much quirkiness...but it is also filled with several moments of completely bare honesty. When San Del describes the moment of "wow", it sort of captures the essence of the show...and the two men performing in it. Highly recommended.

hard to do - very well done
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
it's hard to perform stand up. it's hard to write comedy. it's hard to act comedy. it's hard to construct a well-structured play. this show does it all. maybe the best thing i've seen so far. do. not. miss. this. show.

A Very Tolerable Show
by Rachel Teagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A lot of heart, a lot of humor, and a talented cast. I want a pocket sized Natalie Wass to swear at me adorably forever. A genuine and heartfelt look at awkwardness, sex, and relationships, with a side order of bromantic tension. My wee quibble, as someone who's seen Ben San Del's other shows, it was a scootch weird to hear phil do jokes from the San Dellian canon. That being said, the characters were well drawn, everyone plays to their strengths and it was a pleasure spending part of my afternoon with them.

A shower of confetti for this show!
by Liz Capouch Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show did it for me. Just the right balance of situational humor and poignant moments that I could definitely relate to. Well-acted all around, I could have watched even more than the one short hour!

Reserve or get there early - you'll be competing for seats!

Crowd pleaser! :)
by Mirah Ammal Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
An adorable play featuring a cast of characters who will feel familiar to anyone who's been through the late/immediate post-college dating scene and spent time working in an entertainment-related field. A good first play by a stand up comic, full of funny lines, awkward moments, well-played character archetypes and relateable "relationship issues." Sure to be a fan favorite!

Another Hit by San Del
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great fun as Ben San Del and company explore what he does so well - creating huge comedy out of the awkwardness of both sex - and stand up comedy - based on expectations and perceptions of what it should be as perceived by his "innocent" mind. Natalie Wass's "virginity" and awkwardness as she attempts standup is counter balanced by Amber Preston's self assured sexual dominance of shy guy San Del. Phillip Low has his way with nice guy San Del at every turn. Through it all San Del maintains his lovable innocent niceness - and along with the rest of the cast is very funny. This could be a pilot for something?

Just plain funny
by Paul Mattes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was a delight to watch evolve, and my only disappointment was that it ended. I am usually cynical about self-referential art (musicals about music, dances about dancing, comedies about comedy) but this one gets an easy pass from me. The description is a bit misleading -- it's much better than that.

Lotsa laughs
by SBRK Hart Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Very quick on-your-toes humor. Lots of sex talk, but nothing offensive. Natalie Rae is priceless! They are all great!

Glad we saw it.
by deb kammerer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
These were stand up comedians at their best, doing stand up comedy, the storyline connecting those routines wasn't as memorable.

Thanks...from a nice guy.
by Pat Sukhum Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Loved it! Hilarious, touching and even some good insight from characters I could definitely relate too. Great writing. Great premise. Great performances. Thank you.

Waiting for part two!
by Steven McCaa Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
So this is one of the best comedies I've seen so far at the fest. My only complaint is that I could have watched these characters for another hour, or better yet a whole season.

If you don't enjoy this you're either in a coma or a 60 year old single elementary school librarian. Funny engaging and a great time. Sure to be one of the top five of the fest.

This show is nice
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Super talented cast!!

and 5 more kitties on top of that!!
by Liz Floyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was out of the ball park awesome. I was laughing the entire time. Great JOB!!!

a really funny play that I liked
by Benjamin Egerman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
this is a really funny play where the people were really funny. the people said really funny things and the story was pretty good. there was a mime who was a really good mime and said stuff too four kitties

Not what I was expecting.
by Chase McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Seeing the title, I thought I was in for a raunchy, yet awkward show, but I agree with the other reviewers, the show wasn't raunchy at all. Sure, it had it's fair share of talk about sex, but there was a real, hilarious story behind it. Great writing and great talent behind this piece.

low and San Del Keep It Real
by Rob Callahan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you've seen Ben San Del and phillip andrew bennett low on stage together before, or if you've merely observed them hanging out together after one of their many renowned Rockstar Storyteller showcases, then you'll have an idea of this play's content. The two performers have created characters that are blown-up, over-the-top fictional versions of their real life personas, complete with all the touching hilarity of a Turk/J.D.esque bromance that will ring true for anyone who has ever had a reluctant BFF from whom they just couldn't manage to get away...

The show's real star, though, is Natalie Rae Wass. Even given the massive stage presence of San Del & low, she steals the show whenever she takes the stage. As charming and accessible as the rest of the cast can be, Natalie's character "Sarah" is the one with whom the audience will fall in love.

Possibly awkwardly.

The show is a lot of laughs with a few lump-in-your throat moments thrown in to remind you that life isn't all confetti and one-liners. Get there early and prepare to wait in line. This one draws a crowd.

not awkward at all
by vickijoan keck Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It was hard to imagine phillip as a jaded, miserable comic, but I think he pulled it off brilliantly. Sharp and witty script with 3 very good actors and one outstanding one. Natalie Wass shines and is the standout in this piece. Kudos to all!

A Grand Slam
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Although Ben San Del has previously done a lot of writing as a stand-up comedian and as a solo storyteller artist, this is his first multi-character play...and he knocked it out of the park. His wit, combined with the comic acting abilities of all four of the cast members, result in the creation of four very flawed, yet genuinely likable and realistic characters. Fantastic jokes, unexpected twists, and top-notch acting will make this show a force to be reckoned with for the competition for the Encore slot.

Very Entertaining
by Matt Sandell Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is an excellent show. Very entertaining, very funny.

Full disclosure, I am a relative of Ben.

Agreed - A very impressive first play
by Kay Kirscht Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great chemistry between all actors, we thought Natalie (Sara) walked away with the show! I loved Amber's more -er- "complex" role, and her confidence in acting and stand up (A really nice surprise to find a solid play AND solid acting throughout).
*I* dug the flask bit - that's important. Putting more *sex* in would only blast everything this show is about...out. Thinking this could be a screenplay in two years.

Twentysomethings
by Christy Shingle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great for anyone single and in their 20s. Funny and sweet. For those of us who have a bit more, ah, life perspective, the show brought back a few memories...but doesn't shed much light on life and love after about age 27 : ). (I don't think that's a problem for these kids, though.)

Great laughs, not enough sex
by Paul Froiland Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A droll spoof on contemporary mores aimed more at the heart than the head. The part of Chuck was played with verve and gusto.
Seriously, I nearly laughed my appendix scar off. Ben is an extremely funny as well as nice as well as shy guy, and this may be his best show yet.
Woody Allen once said that the problem with comedy was there was no plot to cash in on at the end. This show, however, picked up so many earlier comic references from the show that it seemed like a plot that had fully come around. Some of the biggest laughs came when certain jokes from earlier in the show were repeated in a new context.
The interaction of the cast was also priceless (well, actually, it cost $12, but it seemed priceless). There was great repartee in the dialogues, great comic timing, deadpan silences that got huge laughs, and an even level of acting ability among the four principals.
My only complaint is that after the show Amber Preston walked away in the other direction from where I stood panting for her autograph. I got to talk to Ben and the other two actors.
The chemistry among the actors was perfect, the biology less so, the math a bit fuzzy.
I love this show so much I wanted to take it home and put it in my living room, but then I would have had to move several pieces of furniture out and face the question of whether I could afford four more hungry mouths to feed.
I would recommend this show to anyone who has even a modicum of humor within them. For those of us that find all of life funny, this was a true joy. You MUST see it.

Good Idea
by Larry Ripp Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Here is a show that HAS it's charms but it also has a few problems. I'm a little surprised at the high ratings it's getting quite frankly. A lot of people know the playwright it seems and much good will is being spread over this piece. That's fine. I enjoyed much here as well. But the setup is way too techy and the execution is in places clumsy. Funny stand up pieces and well done to boot! But the actors on the floor making love looked beyond uncomfortable and not within the character. Just actors not being in the moment. Nice mime work but not during the driviing segment. I can recommend and that's why I'm giving this 4 kitties. But 5 kitties? No. It's just not on the stage.

Will Stick With Me
by Sarah Anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Went into this expecting a funny sex farce. What I got was much more intelligent and insightful. And, yes, still funny.

Worth at least a billion kitties
by Sarah Mytych Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was so much fun to see! Great job incorporating standup in a traditional play setting, amazing performances from all the actors, and truly a joyful hour all around. The whole production seemed well put together and very professional.

If I wasn't sure this show would sell out EVERY TIME, I'd go see it again, but I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on the chance at seeing this. GO NOW!

Kind of Hilarious
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
(The headline will make more sense after you see the show.) A humorous story about the personal relationships among four comedians, set amidst the comedy club circuit. More than just jokes, you really care about these characters and wonder how things are going to turn out for them.

We attended the first show and it was sold out, so you may need reservations for this one.

Kitty Kounter:
5 = Outstanding. Must see.
4 = Worth your time.

Slow start - strong finish
by Pat Lindgren Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Impressive for a first attempt to write a short play

Best of the fringe(so far).
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
After a so-so batch of shows on Thursday comes this breath of fresh air. San Del and Low have crafted a witty, insightful comedy that delves into the lives and loves of stand up comics. Acting was at a consistently high level, with Phillip Low a standout. Maybe sleep will wipe the smile from my face, but it ain't gone yet! See it!

A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex
by Kari Olson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was the first show I saw this year, and what a great beginning! It was really funny and very well written. I definitely recommend this show if you want to laugh and at the same time take a look at the awkwardness of dating and relationships.

Funny Show
by Richard Heise Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Talented comediens with a funny script

Crowd Pleaser
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show is sure to have a great run -- very entertaining material and charismatic, likeable performances.

Depth Under the Laughs!
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
And there are plenty of laughs. Ben San Del's first shot at a play scores with sharp writing, good direction, and great performances by a very strong cast. (This just in, Natalie Rae Wass is fantastic.) The show also has something to say about some tangled professional/personal relationships, and some poignant moments where the same chemistry that sparks things turns more toxic over time. Don't wait too late to see Nice Guy, it has all the makings of a hit!

Beautiful Bumbling
by Tim Voss Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Creating humor is hard. Ben and his friends make it look easy. Stellar work by all. One of the funniest and sharpest Fringe shows I've ever seen. Do Not Miss.

Raises awkwardness to an art-form
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have not laughed as hard at any other show so far. I spend a lot of time at open mics and I've met all these characters. It was a real treat to see all their foibles and idiosyncrasies compressed into an hour of such enjoyable comedy. The writing was excellent, as was the performance, some of the best comic timing I've ever seen. I'm still not sure I buy the hierarchy of kinds of people, but I'm going to feel really guilty I can't afford to see this show again!

A Most Tolerable Show
by David Allison Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Of course by tolerable, I mean great. See the show and you'll get the joke. Yet for a show about comics, by a comic, the show was very accessible, providing a peek behind the scenes rather than a curtain of inside jokes. The humor is genuinely funny from start to finish and afterwards you go away with that same warm feeling you get from a night at the comedy club. That's not to say there aren't a few serious moments, but they're quickly washed away with humor before taking too deep of root. The end result is you think a bit, but not enough to ruin a good time. The acting was fluid, though Natalie Rae Wass's nervous energy was particular fun to watch. If you like to laugh, this show is a must-see of comedy.

Fast Paced, Hilarious Play
by Vincent Galante Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I knew Sandell would write a funny play but I wasn’t sure how he’d do with the story. He succeeded at both. This show was fast paced, hilarious and surprisingly touching.

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