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Image courtesy of the artist Friends of the exquisitely damaged Steve Bird share stage time with the author, on March 16.

Image courtesy of the artist
Friends of the exquisitely damaged Steve Bird share stage time with the author, on March 16.

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  THE HIDEOUSLY EXUBERANT CATASTROPHICALLY CONSEQUENTIAL BOOK PARTY He’s not likely to get booked at a two-drink-minimum, brick wall and mic, punchline-happy stand-up comedy club anytime soon. But if he were, Steve Bird would be that guy who compels other hungry comics (hacks and geniuses alike) to drop what they’re doing, hang on his every word and wonder what accident of nature gave him such a disproportionate capacity to mash absurdity, evil, wonder and a faint dash of hope into such a pulpy, addictive cocktail. No need to wait for that theoretical booking at Pete’s Chuckle Cave on Route 1— Bird’s put it all down on paper, for the ages. “The Hideously Exuberant Catastrophically Consequential Book Party” is described by the author as a “Psych Ward Talent Show” with “mingling for the socially awkward and inept.” Bird will read excerpts from “Hideous Exuberance” and serve as emcee, as he introduces performances from other troubled souls you really should get to know: Angry Bob, Audrey Crabtree, Jim Melloan, Brer Brian, Burt Napkins, Maureen Kelly Nolan, Big Mike “Aloysius” Logan, Mike Raphone and Jeff Nichols.

FREE. Sat., March 16, from 7-10pm. At 292 Gallery (292 East Third St., btw. Aves. C & D). Wine and beverages will be served. Cash only purchase: “Catastrophically Consequential” for $9 and “Hideous Exuberance” for $10 — or both for $10. Content from the books can be found on Amazon, Goodreads.com and Facebook.

Photo courtesy of the artists A Brief View of the Hudson is the musical guest, at March 21’s “KGB Show.”

Photo courtesy of the artists
A Brief View of the Hudson is the musical guest, at March 21’s “KGB Show.”

KGB SHOW Liliana Velasquez and former Robert Prichard (co-founder of the late, great Allen St. performance lab Surf Reality) produce this new monthly series that takes its name from the venue’s upstairs neighbor — KGB Bar (see kgbbar.com for a schedule of author readings and lit journal excerpts). Your ticket to “KGB Show” lets you knock one back at the bar — after you’ve been stimulated (intellectually and otherwise) by all manner of modern dance, traditional tango, mime, live music, sketch and solo comedy. The premiere installment is co-hosted by Natasha BikiniOff (Velasquez) and Pearl the Mime (Margot Carr), and features performances from Lloyd Floyd, Adam Motta, Victor Varnado and Joseph Mauricio.

Thurs., March 21, from 10:30pm to Midnight. At The Kraine Theater (85 East Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). $15 admission includes “one communist drink” at the second-floor KGB Bar. For info, visit horsetrade.info/show/294 or call 212-460-0982.

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