show up

A socially anxious, improvised solo comedy about you.

Show Up is Peter Michael Marino's critically acclaimed socially anxious solo comedy that's partially improvised and based on the crazy lives of the audience, who also direct, and run set and sound. Plus, there's a party! Directed by Michole Biancosino + the audience.   

Peter Michael Marino has been writing, performing & producing solo shows for a long time. He wanted to see what would happen if he showed up at a theater and created a solo show on the spot. The result is Show Up - a semi-improvised, socially anxious comedy that's based on Wonderful and Tragic life experiences of the audience. And, there's a party.

Since May 2017, SHOW UP has played in nyc at Under St. Marks, The PIT Loft, The Tank, Ryan's Daughter. It also played: Orlando Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Long Lake, Buffalo, toronto, boston, Pittsburgh Fringe, and Cincy Fringe.

"Show Up, Kids!" heads to Edinburgh this August with "show Up"

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peter michael marino (performer/CREATOR)

 photo: alicia levy

photo: alicia levy

Peter Michael Marino is an award-winning solo show teacher, director, producer and performer. He’s the creator and co-producer of SOLOCOM, which has launched over 400 world-premiere, international solo comedies at The People’s Improv Theater. His long-running solo comedy Desperately Seeking the Exit chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop Desperately Seeking Susan; receiving 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe, and a London transfer. His 2015 solo chat show spoof, Late with Lance! played NYC, London, Buffalo, Orlando, Hollywood and the Edinburgh Fringe. Pete’s production company PM2 Entertainment recently presented the EdFringe debut of Jason Kravits' Off the Top, the NYC debut of Joe's NYC Bar, two encore performances of David Mills: Shame! at Pangea, LA comedy duo Moby Alpha, and the acclaimed solo show hit David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet in NYC, Edinburgh and Chicago. Peter is an adjunct professor in sketch comedy at Pace University.


michole biancosino (director)

Michole Biancosino is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 17 years. She is also the Founder and producer of NY’s Women in Theatre Festival at the brand new ART/NY Theatres.

Directing work includes: Connected (NYIT Award winner), LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN (NYIT Award winner), The Revival (NYIT Award winner), A User’s Guide to Hell featuring Bernard Madoff, Derby Day (Papermag #2 Show of the Year), Goodness, and Gidion’s Knot in NYC, and many others in NYC, Edinburgh, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. Producing: The Religion Thing (TimeOutNY Critics Pick), FUBAR, 3 years of New York New Playwright Festivals and NY’s Women in Theatre Festival (#WITFestival).

Michole has developed new work with playwrights at United Solo Festival (Award-winner, Best Variety Show), Underbelly, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Luna Stage, CrossRoads Theatre, 59E59 Theaters, Theatre Row, Atlantic Stage 2, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Charter Theatre, Brooklyn Generator, SOLOCOM, New Orleans Theatre Experiment, Rorhshach Theatre, Milesquare Theatre, Kennedy Center New Play Festival, Potomac Theatre Project, and Ars Nova.

the audience (co-director)

The audience hails from all over the world and have collectively attended millions of shows. They have been known to laugh and cry during performances, arrive late, make and receive phone calls during performances, and open candy wrappers during the quietest moments.



Civil Disobedience is run by live arts producers Barry and Josef Church-Woods, based in Edinburgh. With a passion for managing great shows and helping talented performers reach new audiences, Barry and Joe especially enjoy work that flirts with equality/social justice issues, and anything LGBTQI-related. In addition to co-producing Show Up and Show Up, Kids! at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Civil Disobedience is supporting a host of other incredible shows, artists, and events this year including The Bugle Boys: A Salute to The Andrews Sisters; Jet of Blood by Mari Moriarty (who played the title character in last year's Sasquatch, The Opera); debating series Persistent & Nasty; Dandy Darkly's All Aboard; and Hans: Like A German!

"SHOW UP" and "SHOW UP, KIDS!" are generously sponsored with fine products from Post-it® Notes. Pete uses them in the show, and you should use them at home and at work so you remember to show up for things.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to PM2 Entertainment via Fractured Atlas by clicking HERE.