Off the Top
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Off the Top

Off the Top NYC Reviews and Tickets

(45 Ratings)
Members say
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the Show

Intellectual rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin explore the brain basis of improvisation and humor in this live comedy show featuring cutting-edge research and freestyle rhymes.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (45)

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245 Reviews | 47 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to see something smart off the beaten path

Don't see it if You want a more traditional production Read more

53 Reviews | 22 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy scientific word play. I enjoyed this show more than I had thought I would. Afterwards, got to talk with Baba–who was very friendly

Don't see it if You don't like rap. But honestly see it even if you don't think you like rap–like me.

52 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if you're willing to park your expectations at the door, and enjoy peeking into the workings of brainiac improv artists (and the rest of us).

Don't see it if you're only fulfilled by guffaws and pratfall comedy, 'cause this strives for so much more that you can carry with you out the door. Read more

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a fun, intimate, brilliant night of theatre with a brain stimulating twist!

Don't see it if If you want to see typical plays or musicals. This is out of the box. Oh go on ...step outside the box....!!!

64 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like neuroscience, rap, comedy all rolled into one.

Don't see it if You like small intimate shows and small acts.

71 Reviews | 28 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You like rap and are interested in the brain. Or if you like either one or the other. The show is pretty brilliant.

Don't see it if You're expecting a huge show with great staging. It's just two people in a basement bar. But it's a great show, so don't miss out on it!

148 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You would like a really interesting science lecture.

Don't see it if You want a plotted play.

273 Reviews | 40 Followers
Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun show. Hard core neuroscience interposed with wrap music is an unexpected combination. A light, jovial, evening.

Don't see it if like wrap music or learning about the brain.

Critic Reviews (5)

DC Metro Theater Arts
January 5th, 2017

"Proof positive that opposites not only attract, but can also formulate a fully engaging equation of entertainment and elucidation...The couple’s animated delivery brings a feeling of spontaneity to the memorized sections…They’re both irresistibly charming, enthusiastic, funny, and talented, and smart enough to have figured out a way to integrate their personal lives and professional careers into one terrific show with 'Off the Top.'"
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Broadway Baby
August 27th, 2015
For a previous production

“Combining Berlin’s engaging lecture-esque talks about the brain and its functions, Brinkman’s own freestyle raps, PowerPoint slides and a few guest comics, the loved-up couple craft a wonderful show that is funny, heart-warming and pleasingly educational…Brinkman and Berlin should congratulate themselves on a lovely show that would delight children, adults, theatre-nerds and scientists alike…I left feeling warm, cheerful and enlightened."
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Ed Uncovered
August 17th, 2014
For a previous production

"It may be the best show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...Brinkman flexes his considerable rap skills…It’s a near-perfect show…Not only is it massively entertaining, it’s also eye-opening...One does get the sense that this could equally be a science class taught by a comedian, as a comedy gig led by a scientist… You’ll laugh throughout, and keep thinking about it afterwards – 'Off The Top' is a comedy gig that keeps giving long after you’ve left."
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Mumble Comedy
August 18th, 2015
For a previous production

"These guys are incredibly clever and inspiring, and manage to produce an educational, inspiring and wonderfully entertaining show from beginning to end. Baba and Heather had a delightful, bantering rapport between them…The show ends with a rap by Heather herself, and its humor sent you off with a good feeling, adding to a sense of smugness that you’d stumbled across an absolute jewel of a show."
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August 29th, 2015
For a previous production

"Their chemistry on stage is fantastic. 'Off The Top' is essentially a humorous lecture and it achieves exactly what it sets out to, entertaining and informing simultaneously. Though asking an audience member to come onstage and rap 15 minutes into a show is risky, it works in this environment, where the goal is to see how the brain works during improvisation...You’ll learn a lot here, with plenty of laughs along the way."
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