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3 Mics

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Resonant, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the show

John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. present Neal Brennan in a new take on a comedy show: one mic for traditional stand-up, one for one-liners, and one for short confessional monologues. More…

Directed by Drew Barr, '3 Mics' sees Neal Brennan (co-creator of 'Chappelle's Show') alternating between three separate microphones, each giving voice to the various aspects of his life. The first microphone is marked by his sardonic take on race, gender, and contemporary heroes and hypocrites; the second mic showcases his punchy wit with one-liners he’s crafted over the years but couldn’t find a home for; and the third stands for stories of his personal struggles, dealing with everything from depression to relationships.

Member Reviews (15)


Funny, Clever, Resonant, Ambitious, Entertaining
Avg Score

Entertaining, Funny, Touching, Insightful, Raunchy

See it if you like to laugh and also feel. NB is wittily honest about issues in his life, like his battle with depression and his alcoholic dad.

Don't see it if you want an early night...the show starts late! If you don't like standup, skip 3 Mics (and figure out what's wrong with you?)

Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Touching, Clever

See it if you want to hear comedy delivered by an expert comic and touching storytelling by a suffering depressive. (Both by the same person, btw.)

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or pathos... or if you are expecting a plot-driven storyline, chorus girls and expensive sets.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you enjoy self-deprecating humor, quirky one liners and lengthy, amusing/serious stories about human behavior told by an appealing comedian

Don't see it if you like just one style of stand up comedy, don't like lengthy stories about life today, lack awareness of pop culture moments,

Funny, Entertaining, Original

See it if You want to flat out laugh out loud but also hear about honest emotions and struggles behind the jokes

Don't see it if You're not interested in the real life back story of a comedian/comedy writer

Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant, Original

See it if enjoy non-traditional comedy. This is a moving, autobiographical stand-up. It is a mixture of traditional jokes with an emotional narrative.

Don't see it if you want a traditional narrative/play or don't want heavy & emotional conversations about family & depression.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you like stand-up, theatre and shows with heart.

Don't see it if you only like shows with action or moving parts. You will find none of that here.

Clever, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like a mix of comedy, especially dark

Don't see it if you're easily offended or uncomfortable with discussions of mental health

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if If you want your belly to hurt from laughing

Don't see it if If you have no sense of humor

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You're a fan of great standup or Chappelle's Show. Great look at the inner workings of a comic's mind. Relatable and funny.

Don't see it if You are trying to preserve your face from laugh lines and don't want to think of sad clowns.

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if I've seen many one person shows, but this one - in its use of three mics (3 personas) - was truly exceptional.

Don't see it if if you don't like one person shows...

Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like quick and clever comedy, you'd like to see how a comic thinks and comes to be, you're willing to grapple with some emotional stuff

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, you need a plot-driven vehicle, you don't want a frank discussion of mental health issues for your night out

Overrated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You like being bored.

Don't see it if Hate being bored.

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you love a well developed story and engaging characters.

Don't see it if you don't like upsetting content.

Absorbing, Funny, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy multi-faceted comedy. It makes you not only laugh, but tear up as well

Don't see it if You show up 40 minutes late. Although he's a comedian this is not standup it's a one man show and it's more theatrical in nature. No opener

During previews
Hilarious, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Must see

See it if You like the Chappelle's Show, is the easy answer. But it goes deeper than that. I was all about that middle mic. Got me right in the feels.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-up comedy routine. Brennan bares himself like all great comics do. Profound truths liberally coated in funny.

March 4th, 2016
"Neal Brennan’s three-cornered show doesn’t quite add up to a play; it’s more like listening to a decent comedy album while eavesdropping on someone’s therapy sessions...He switches from one microphone to another repeatedly, boldly changing the mood in a way that seems as if it should be intrusiv...
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March 3rd, 2016
"The concept for Neal Brennan's one-man show admittedly sounds gimmicky...But it somehow works, making the evening considerably more than the sum of its parts. He may need three microphones to do it, but Brennan manages to be wildly funny and deeply moving at the same time...Getting a glimpse of ...
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March 4th, 2016
"Blending heavy emotional drama with irreverent stand-up comedy is no easy task. Brennan has mastered that art in his solo show...He dives deep into issues that include an alcoholic father and his own battle with depression. What makes it so effective is the fact that there is a clarity of tone w...
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April 14th, 2016
"There’s no need to quote any of the jokes he tells...What’s more pertinent is the overall effect of the unusual outing. As he does his three-way process, he’s really sketching in a comic’s existence...With '3 Mics,' Brennan is not just being the life of the party. He’s making a bold gesture. He’...
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