Be warned: Cabaret star, singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, and Tonight Show regular Bridget Everett is not for the timid. At one of her Joe’s Pub shows, you may find yourself flashed, motorboated, spit-take sprayed with Chardonnay, or sat on by Everett. But be warned, too: It will be one of the best and most exciting live performances you’ll ever see. Along with her band, the Tender Moments—featuring Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz on bass (yes, seriously)—Everett’s intimate concerts are a mix of hot-mess confessional, torch song belting, and dark-and-dirty comedy that recalls Bette Midler’s classic ’70s bathhouse sets.
Everett’s friendly violations are not the purpose of the performance any more than the exchange of rings is the purpose of a wedding. By accepting the steady embrace of this Ruben-esque powerhouse, you’re joining a shared contract by which you, the crowd, and Everett all agree that daily rules need not apply in this arena. For the duration of the show, you and Everett alike are invincible, incapable of humiliation. When you buy in, you fly at the same heights she does—and, my gosh, she gets so very high.
For a (very tame) taste of Everett’s style, watch below:
Why You Should Go: Everett combines fearless and slyly feminist funny business with brassy attitude and audience interaction to make a show you’ll want to tell your grandchildren about…but probably shouldn’t.
Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments
425 Lafayette Street (between Astor Place and East 4th Street), NoHo
Monday, July 16; Tuesday, July 17; Wednesday, July 18; Thursday, July 19; Sunday, July 22; Monday, July 23; Tuesday, August 21; Wednesday, August 22; and Thursday, August 23
Doors open at 9 p.m.