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Comedians Sing About Telling Jokes in New Comedy-Musical

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Stand-up comics make us laugh with everything from jokes, and impersonations to story-telling and one liners. Now, the life of a stand-up comedian is part of the punchline in a new musical about comedy itself. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

There's funny. There's funny "ha ha" and now there's also "HA! The Musical." This new show at the Triad on 72nd street is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy, and real stand-up comics were cast in the show.

"It’s a musical but we’re standup comedians so you know, don’t expect Idina Menzel," says comedian Christian Finnegan.

The singing isn't the best and if for some reason it's not funny, that won't be the end of the world for Christian Finnegan.

"No matter how terribly this goes—and it won’t, it’s going to be great—it will not even be in the top 100 most awkward situations I’ve been in as a stand-up comedian. That’s really what being a stand-up comedian is,. It’s like I just need to feel slightly awkward and in pain in front of other humans. You know it’s like being a self-cutter, but in public," Finnegan says. "My feeling about comedy is if you’re not bombing at least once a month, you’re not trying trying hard enough."

The creative team of Michelle Wendt and Eileen Cope insists the show is hilarious and authentic, though.

"They bought their own material to the show and so yeah, it’s very real," says Cope.

It is pretty hysterical—both the songs and the stand-up routines, like Christopher Walken in the little mermaid.

All comedians love to kill, or in some cases, injure themselves.

Kevin Farley gets tons of laughs as the emcee, but he's still not sure about casting comedians in a musical.

"Yeah, I don’t know why Michelle did that. That’s really stupid of her to try to do that but we’re going to try to pull it off. I don’t think it works, to be honest with you, but if you want to see a real train wreck, come on out and see us!" Farley says.

The show has a short run, but the producers expect to bring it back in the fall and potentially tour it around the country with a changing lineup of stand-up comics. So Ha!

Ha! The Musical will be performed on Stage 72 at the Triad Theatre at 158 West 72nd Street. Performances run from Saturday, August 2 until Thursday, August 7.

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