Monday, May 17, 2010

Talk about a HEYDAY

POYKPAC has the Internet to thank for its fame, but the Brooklyn comedy troupe still likes to do things live.

At the new monthly show “Heyday” at Public Assembly, the troupe behind the satirical “Hipster Olympics,” will, yes, be trying out new video pieces, as well as stand-up and sketch.

“We get to do things that we could never do online,” said Ryan Hunter, a member of the troupe, whose acronomic name stands for “Pictures Of Your Kids Pooping And Crying.” “There’s nothing truly organic about the experience of watching a screening, no relationship with the audience, whereas on stage, you get to have that relationship.”

Their videos — including a live-action spin on the classic Mario Brothers video games that has more than 23 million YouTube views — are hugely popular, but POYKPAC doesn’t like to follow the same recipe.

“We try not to repeat ourselves too much,” said Hunter. “Even when something’s successful, we want to come out with something different.”

Still, the group likes the video game format — a recent video, “I’m Not Drunk Game,” is a short in the style of an old school game where the objective is to make it to your car and drive home without getting stopped by friends, or the cops.

The troupe has also been at work on a TV show, a comedy in the vein of a travel channel show, but where the inept hosts get run out of town each episode. The pilot has the cast backpacking across Queens — the poor man’s Europe.

That video should be ready to screen at the Heyday. Sometimes you just have to give the people what they want.

“Heyday: A Night of Comedy” at Public Assembly [70 N. Sixth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384-4586], May 18 at 8 pm. Tickets $3. For info, visit


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