Already closed | 1h 20m | West Village

Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees

From 83 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy, Hilarious

About the show

Comedian Jacqueline Novak’s "Get On Your Knees," the most high-brow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see, returns for an encore presentation. More…

From the show:

Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph. Ira Glass calls it a “nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject. Really funny and just really like nothing else.” 

1h 20m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (83)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy, Hilarious
79
Avg Score

80
Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to laugh. JN's funny, smart, fearless. Some feminism, but mostly coming-of-age story. You'll acclimate to the detailed BJ discussn.

Don't see it if open talk of private matters discomfits you. Or you want a plot (this is stand up) or staging. JV paces back-n-forth (her FitBit's happy).

Also I really enjoyed JN's script. It is intelligent and funny. And she is ... Read more Read less

72
Repetitive, Long, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like stand-up shows, especially about oral sex. It is funny and it flows well.

Don't see it if at the 60 min mark, it starts to drag and get repetitive. Could use tightening or maybe tangents about something else.

72
Overly long, Funny

See it if You enjoy standup comedy.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a play or are uncomfortable w/ talk re: blowjobs etc. I would have liked it better if it were 60min.

74
Monotonous, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are a heterosexual woman, maybe a gay man, looking for light comedy masquerading as naughty humor. Some good laughs. Nothing too heavy.

Don't see it if You’re looking for smart, sharp comedy with a point. I mean...there are some good ones here but it just seems to go on and on to nowhere.

Also Not a bad way to spend an evening. Seems to me she’s trying to say you... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if Very funny & entertaining. Brilliant physical comedy, and insight into sex psychology & language. I'm not a standup fan but this was great.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a standup nightclub act. You don't enjoy sexual comedy, physical comedy, & sex stories.

81
Refreshing, Entertaining, Edgy, Funny

See it if u want to learn "everything you want to know about oral sex but were afraid to ask" from the POV of a clever, funny, self-effacing comedian.

Don't see it if u'll be embarrassed by a frank & explicit (but decidedly not raunchy) soliloquy on such a lowbrow topic (even from a highbrow monologist).

Also Novak is immediately disarming upon her entrance to the bare stage, an... Read more Read less

77
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Dizzying

See it if Novak's wildly funny yet devastating stand-up treatise on oral sex (among other things) Edgy & irreverent w/o being salacious Great timing

Don't see it if Novak's comic delivery is often dense & circular requiring attentiveness & patience Frequent prowling about the stage proves distracting

83
Clever, Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you like female writers/performers & topics rarely discussed in theater, gritty honest humor with bodily references, irreverant stories

Don't see it if Don't like talk of all kinds of sexual activities from female perspective, foul language, stories that pick on men, stand-up style plays

82
Edgy, Funny, Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy solo shows where deep personal insight is illustrated with amusing anecdotes. Very personable & present performer.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with descriptions of sexuality, nothing salacious. The performer's constantly pacing on the empty stage bothered me

84
Shrill, Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if Angry grrrl femme perspective of engaging in the sex practice of what title suggests. Socio-political and frank with method to the madness.

Don't see it if Very blue, nervous, and shrill. More than shock value and more than just out-cruding the crude boys' club. Distracting stepping. Amy-lite.

86
Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you’re looking for a fun night out and love to laugh about blowjobs. There’s more to this show, though. It’s well written and imaginative.

Don't see it if you’re a prude.

54
Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You're a college student who finds jokes about oral sex, tauboli, and virtually every other banal topic hilarious.

Don't see it if Show more than wears out its welcome at 85 minutes. Becomes endless and monotonous, with many walkouts. Many fell asleep.

85
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you are interested in an entertaining, funny & intellectual discourse on oral sex. Novak is a talented comedienne full of energy & nuance.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with sexual themes and language. Novak pulls out all the stops & has both younger & older audiences in hysterics.

Also Probably not for everyone but if you take a chance, you might delight ... Read more Read less

76
Delightful, Slow, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to have a fun and raunchy night of comedy. You don’t mind your comedy centering around blow jobs.

Don't see it if You don’t like bold humor from a woman. You need all your jokes to land well. Occasionally a little slow.

78
Personable, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Dignity forever! One woman’s lifelong venture to communicate to boyfriends through blowjobs.

Don't see it if you never have awkward sex and don’t want to hear about it, or think Cosmo-style tips make an expert.

Also Comfortable, easygoing, and approachable comedy act. There’s a time an... Read more Read less

79
Outrageous, Repetitive, Clever, Raunchy, Funny

See it if Often extremely funny, very clever, raunchy, but not offensive and a subject matter not often encountered on stage in such depth.

Don't see it if After a while starts to feel repetitive & loses steam. Would work better if trimmed by about 15 minutes.

82
Clever, Funny

See it if Stand up session from a straight millennial white woman dick slapping institutionalized patriarchy thru a coming of age story about blowjobs

Don't see it if Stand up, sex / blow jobs, esp. from female gaze, aren't your thing. Vast majority white millennial female audience intimidates you.

Also Diversity: white millennial woman of middle/upper class upbringing.... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You are a millennial. They were the one laughing. The comedy show was edgy.

Don't see it if You are appalled by jokes about oral sex,

84
Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’re interested in a piece that mixes memoir and stand up like a raunchy Mike Birbiglia.

Don't see it if You’re squeamish about sex talk. You want an active story, it’s a talky show.

83
Fellatious, Smart as hell, Delightful, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you want a (dare I say) feminist take on fellatio that is clever, literary, and inspired. This tight stand-up set may make Novak a star.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with frank and hilarious depictions of sexuality; you don't want to think of penises as little ladies.

75
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if A fan, or up for a fun, slightly fluffed-up evening actually a discourse on language, sex & women’s empowerment, specifically Ms. Novack’s.

Don't see it if Blow jobs, vulvas or graphic, considered ruminations on the penis & fellatio offend or don’t interest, however entertaining, true & fun.

Also That Novak is intelligent, well-read and educated, with a quirky mind ... Read more Read less

75
Simple, Refreshing, Hilarious, Erudite, Clever

See it if You want a filthy, classy, hilarious romp through Novak's sexual origin story with nods to Eliot, Nabokov, and Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you don't like standup. This is one comedian on a bare stage with a microphone, speaking in the first person.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Indulgent, Refreshing

See it if have ever been on the receiving or giving end of a blow job and was questioning the experience itself.

Don't see it if you don't believe in giving or receiving blow jobs. This just ain't the show for you!

Also BRAVO to Jacqueline Novak for single -handedly pulling the act of givi... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Funny, Repetitive, Literary, Raunchy

See it if you like your comedy explicit & intelligent at the same time. Unexpected literary references, expected frank talk about sex. Funny moments.

Don't see it if you don't like stand up comedy. If you don't want to hear about a woman's sexual experiences. Show was too long--it felt repetitive.

84
Hilarious, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if want to see a hilarious, raunchy 90-minute one-woman show about fellatio and how it affects relationships between the sexes

Don't see it if you're offended by raunchy language and sexual topics or don't enjoy one-woman comedy

Also Jacqueline very graphically & hilariously describes situations involvi... Read more Read less


July 22nd, 2019
for a previous production "In ‘Get on Your Knees,’ a Comedian Goes There. Jacqueline Novak’s show, a stand-up comedy set that inclines toward theater, offers a personal and intellectual history of oral sex."
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July 22nd, 2019
for a previous production ★★★★ "It's possible that you think you've already had your fill of dick jokes. If so, the sly, digressive comedian Jacqueline Novak might be able to turn you around. In her languid one-woman stage special 'Get On Your Knees,' Novak talks for nearly 90 minutes about blow jobs, discussing men's str...
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July 27th, 2019
for a previous production “Jacqueline Novak’s comedy is an overthinker’s delight, and a reminder that a woman’s humor can cut as deeply as her rage.”
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July 22nd, 2019
for a previous production "The comedian tells you everything you ever wanted to know about oral sex in her one-woman show, presented by Natasha Lyonne, directed by John Early and executive produced by Mike Birbiglia."
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