Ilana Glazer presents Alison Leiby's candid comedy special Oh God, A Show About Abortion to the Cherry Lane Theatre, directed by Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer. Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide. Get tickets to Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion off Broadway.
The Oh God, A Show About Abortion stand-up comedy show centers on one summer in Leiby's life, which "started with a bang" and ended with her getting an abortion at Planned Parenthood. The anecdotes Leiby tells are from the months in between, which connects the minutiae of preparing for an abortion — deciding what to wear, visiting the fertility section of a CVS in Missouri, getting two root canals (that one's unrelated) — with the weighty effects of doing so, especially in a place where it's stigmatized and at a time when reproductive rights across the country hang in limbo.
Leiby is a Brooklyn-based comic who's written for shows on Comedy Central including The President Show and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, and for publications including McSweeney's, Vice, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and The New York Times. She's also appeared on Hulu's Triumph Election Special and Cartoon Network's Teenage Euthanasia. In a reversal of roles from Oh God, A Show About Abortion, in which Leiby performs and Glazer produces, Leiby has executive produced Glazer's Comedy Time Capsule and The Planet is Burning.
Leiby has performed Oh God, A Show About Abortion across New York since fall 2021 at venues like Union Hall in Brooklyn and Caveat in lower Manhattan, then under the title Oh God, An Hour About Abortion. The New York Times included it on its "Best Comedy of 2021" list as the year's best political comedy.
Leiby anticipated hesitation toward the show's subject matter — that's how the show got its self-deprecating title — and said succinctly in a statement, "Please come. I promise it's funny." Glazer described in her own statement, "This show is so precise about Alison's specific experience as a 35-year old woman who chose to get an abortion that it's actually widely relatable to anyone who's ever had to make a complex decision."
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