The all-male group, which sees themselves as successors to the scripted comedy tradition of "Monty Python," "Kids in the Hall," and the "League of Gentlemen," previously played New York in March 2004 as part of the British/Irish Comedy Invasion. The group's title comes directly from a T.S. Eliot poem of the same name.
"The Hollow Men was never meant to be the name of the group," 27 year-old member David Armand admitted to Playbill.com. "Before we did our first show, the guy who ran the theatre told us that we had two hours to come up with a name. We were very drunk. And since we were pretentious English students, we thought stealing a literature reference would be smart. The name stuck and followed us around. It makes it seem like there's some huge intellectual point to our comedy."
Their current production includes a variety of sketch, character, and visual comedy routines including a mimed interpretation of the Natalie Imbruglia song "Torn," fantasy sequences involving a creepy old man in a Victorian bathing suit, and an ensemble recreation of the visual images featured in the title song of the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
"I'm just doing this for the money. We all met at Cambridge University seven years ago, and it's all kind of spiraled out of control," 28-year-old member Rupert Russell told Playbill.com. "In the United States, a lot of the comedy comes from improv, and that's not how we do it. We're all scripted."
The show is presented by Westbeth Entertainment, a company that has previously brought Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, and Billy Connolly to New York. Following their current Off-Broadway engagement, The Hollow Men will perform at the "Just for Laughs" Festival in Montreal The Village Theatre is located at 158 Bleecker Street, between Sullivan and Thompson. Tickets are $27.50 and are available at (212) 253-2164 or (212) 307-4100 and www.ticketmaster.com. The performance schedule is Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 & 10:30 PM.