The Ride, Holiday Edition: Oh? What? Fun? It is.

If you immediately turn off the TV in a NYC cab, to look out the window because you appreciate that the aesthetic, ecstatic buzz of street life is better than anything on TV – you too might have been as intrigued by THE RIDE as I was. It’s a brilliant concept: A tour of the town with actors suddenly popping-out of crowds to perform dynamic vignettes in key spots. So I was totally jazzed for boarding the festive, custom bus with plush stadium seating, facing a full floor-to-ceiling window to view my own neighborhood (Midtown Manhattan) in traffic…as theater! Then it began. And suddenly, uh-oh…clearly I am not the target audience. This is a frolic for capital-T Tourists who might enjoy an alarming amount of cheer, at very high volume, for a very high price. While at the same time, I was impressed by the hosts for my particular tour, the improv comedians Stuart (Jake Keefe) and Julie (Leslie Ellis) who led the romp with such indefatigable energy, a non-stop landslide of patter, trivia, alerts and insults gushes for 75 minutes. A seesaw of love/hate grumbles within me. I want to bolt. But I settle down and accept that the aim of The Ride is to recreate a comedy club on wheels. Aha! Now I can tolerate how snarky it is. (And how meta-snarky it would be, for me...

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