Cash a Novelty Check and You Get In Big Trouble — and Spawn a Solo Show, Man 1, Bank 0; NYC Debut Plays to July 30

News   Cash a Novelty Check and You Get In Big Trouble — and Spawn a Solo Show, Man 1, Bank 0; NYC Debut Plays to July 30
Writer-performer Patrick Combs continues to tell his strange but true tale, Man 1, Bank 0, about the perils of depositing a novelty check, through July 30 as part of the Lamb's Theatre's eclectic Summer Smorgasbord slate Off-Broadway.
Patrick Combs in Man 1, Bank 0,
Patrick Combs in Man 1, Bank 0,

Combs, who has performed the piece around the world, "tells the amazing-but-true story of how he deposited a $95,093.35 junk-mail check marked 'non-negotiable' — hoping to spread a little banking cheer to tellers — and how it erupted into a staggering and funny David-vs.-Goliath-like adventure that continues today" in the show's New York City debut. Performances began July 12.

"What happens after the bank cashes the ridiculous check?" ask the production notes. "To name only a few things: angry banking officers threatening 'jail time' and 'death'; the nation's leading authority on banking coming out of retirement; astonishing legal twists; and worldwide media attention from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, 'Good Morning America,' David Letterman and Jay Leno."

Man 1, Bank 0 sold out at HBO's 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival held in Aspen; sold out its run and garnered "Critic's Choice" at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston; sold out run in Winnipeg, sold out the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles; won "Best of Fest" at the San Francisco Fringe where it was awarded "Best Solo Comedy"; was an official selection of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and won the Just For Laughs prize for Best Comedy.

Patrick Combs is a former TV personality for Paramount's "Real TV" and "Hard Copy," for which he was featured in humorous hidden camera segments. As a solo performer, he has toured continuously for 14 years, entertaining audiences at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood, the Herald Theatre at the Aoeta Centre in Auckland, the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Exit Theatre in San Francisco, and the American Theatre in Charleston.

Performances of Man 1, Bank 0 continue July 21-23 at 2 PM, July 25-30 at 8 PM, July 23, 27 and 30 at 2 PM. Tickets are $25-$30. In The Lamb's Theatre Summer Smorgasbord, 130 West 44th Street, between Sixth Ave. and Broadway, comedies in repertory include Man 1 Bank 0; The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players; and My Fake IDs, written and performed by Margaret Gallo Copeland, directed by Robert Ross Parker.

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