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Carnal games: Porn parody show hosts carney activities

Sticking to the script: “First Comes Love” features comedians acting out real amateur porn scripts that host Kyle Ayers solicited via a Craigslist ad.
Mindy Tucker

It’s a pornocopia of fun!

The raunchy comedy show “First Comes Love” — where comics, actors, and audience members hilariously act out porn scripts — will host a midway’s worth of pun-tastic carnival games before its Bell House show on June 8. The hour-long festival will poke fun at both classic carney games and brownstone Brooklyn pretensions, and night’s host promises it will make for the wildest show yet.

“It’s gonna be about as weird and bizarre as we’ve ever had, I’m very excited,” said Kyle Ayers, who created the long-running parodic porn show. “We’re not going to have a show like this ever again.”

Instead of a traditional “Guess Your Weight” game, visitors can play “Guess Your Wait,” in which a comedian guesses how long they waited for brunch that morning, or they can try the “Almond Milk Jug Toss.” Ayers invented many of the games himself, but also invited the show’s stars to come up with their own ideas.

Comedian Mike Abrusci will draw portraits at his “Caricatures Drawn By Someone With No Artistic Ability” booth, which Ayers said will live up to its name.

“He’s right, I’ve seen it,” he said. “He is spot on about not having artistic ability.”

“First Comes Love” started when Ayers posted a fake ad on Craigslist, claiming to be a big wig in the smut business and asking for short adult film scripts. He received more than 1,000 scripts, and built a show around them, later soliciting more scripts on Craigslist forums around the country.

During the show, comedians and audience members eager for porn stardom will act out the scripts word-for-word, including typos. Ayers provides props, costumes, and “everything that would make up a bad high school theater production.”

Actors keep it tame when they reach the sexy parts of the scripts, Ayers said — busting out silly string, using squirt guns, or just going for “brash humping.”

“It’s heavy on the comical, light on the sexual — comedians don’t know how any of that works anyway,” Ayers said.

The June 7 party celebrates the launch of “First Comes Love” on the podcast network Howl, for which Ayers has recorded three shows.

Some of the comics acting out the porn scripts will also performing stand-up. Among the dozen on the bill are Brooklyn comedian Jo Firestone, writer Josh Gondelman, and comic Beth Stelling.

“First Comes Love and a Carnival,” at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510]. June 8 at 7 pm, $10.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Drawn together: Comedian Mike Abrusci (left) will run a “Caricatures Drawn By Someone With No Artistic Ability” booth at the comedy show and carnival hosted by Kyle Ayers (right) on June 8.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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