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The Layers of Tom Lehrer
In the 50s and 60s, during the Cold War nuclear panic, mathematician TOM LEHRER unintentionally became an international, comedy sensation. This unassuming math professor found himself performing nightly with Mort Sahl, Jonathan Winters, and Nicols and May.
His twisted tunes satirized war, pornography, race, death, religion, the environment, education and politics.
Songs like “The Elements,” “Masochism Tango” and “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” earned Tom a spot next to Lenny Bruce in TIME magazine explaining a new type of comedian, the SICKNIK. He inspired the likes of Bo Burnham, Monty Python, Adam Sandler and “Weird Al” to name a few.
Comedian Allan Murray brings Tom’s unique story and music to life in this award winning one-man musical.
“Lehrer’s brilliance has inspired hero worship among several generations of fans of satire & funny music.”
-“Weird Al” Yankovic