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– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of HUMOR ABUSE, the new one-man-show created by Lorenzo Pisoni (Equus, Last Dance) and Erica Schmidt (Debbie Does Dallas), has been hailed by New York critics.


The production, currently playing at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street) stars Pisoni, and is directed by Schmidt.


Below is a sampling of what critics are saying about the show:


“Lorenzo Pisoni’s performance is breathtaking. With director Erica Schmidt, Pisoni has created an endearing stage memoir with a novel twist. He juggles, he performs pratfalls, he dodges sandbags. He certainly has a fresh angle.”

  • Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


“Funny, poignant, and inspired. Lorenzo Pisoni is utterly delightful. Pisoni and director Erica Schmidt pack a thousand laughs and a dozen tugs at the heartstrings into a very swift 75 minutes.”

  • Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News


“Entertaining and surprisingly moving. A remarkable memoir. Humor Abuse transcends the traditional show-biz saga to become a more universal tale. It becomes a heartfelt story of a son looking for what makes his father tick.”

  • Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press


“Surprising, funny, and entirely theatrical. Other solo performers take note: you can describe your troubled childhood, but can you do it with balloons?”

  • Sam Thielman,Variety


“3 ½ STARS (OUT OF 4). A charming and moving tribute. Lorenzo Pisoni is a performer of charisma and charm with the split-second timing and aplomb of Buster Keaton.

  • Frank Scheck,New York Post


“Great fun! Lorenzo Pisoni is a one-man whirlwind. The stunts will amaze you and kids will enjoy it.”

  • Dave Richardson,WOR


Humor Abuse is an utterly charming, absorbing, and hilarious 70-minute piece co-conceived by the marvelously inventive director, Erica Schmidt.  Lorenzo Pisoni expertly captures his unconventional upbringing with heartfelt recollections and an appropriate wryness. He is truly talented and very funny.”

  • Brian Scott Lipton, Theatermania.com


HUMOR ABUSE is the unique story of Pisoni’s upbringing as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus, the Bay Area’s tiny big top that entertained thousands of people worldwide and launched the careers of several legendary performers. Filled with the clowning that Pisoni learned at his father’s knee, and the wonder, heartache and complexity of stepping into (and out of) his father’s shoes, HUMOR ABUSE shows that running away with the circus isn’t always all fun and games.



  • Tickets for HUMOR ABUSE are available via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for HUMOR ABUSE are $52.


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