Face Off Unlimited presents BATSU!
batsu is the Japanese word meaning penalty game or punishment. Four warriors compete in comedic challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintballs, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious and jaw-dropping punishments! The performers of BATSU! are members of the acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited, dubbed “Really Funny!” by the New York Times, and also regularly appear on television, film, and stage. A full menu/bar is available and audience members enjoy sushi and sake, while the bravest may even sign up for a chance to participate to win free beer and prizes!
Current NYC Schedule Tuesday 7 PM Wednesday 8 PM Thursday 8 PM Friday 7 PM Friday 10 PM Saturday PM Saturday 10 PM
Current Chicago Schedule Friday 8 PM Saturday 8 PM
Jay Painter and Eric Robinson had done a benefit show a few years back at JeBon on St. Marks in the East Village of NYC and were immediately struck with admiration for the restaurant's owner Mr. Joe Yip. When Joe Tex had moved from LA back to NYC to work as the Director Of Operations for FOU in 2010, Jay and Eric wanted to stop in and see if Joe Yip was still working there and to introduce him to Joe Tex. He was there of course and as awesome as ever! Over some...okay, a lot of sake, Mr. Yip decided that Face Off should do a weekly show at JeBon. Over the course of the next few months, they met and discussed what the show could be. One evening while all sitting down to a meal and sake with Mr. Yip at JeBon, Jay had to leave a bit early and as he walked outside, onto historic St. Marks, he was struck with a jolt of genius. He saw that there was a strong and vibrant Asian community and the thought "Japanese game show" smashed into his mind like a baby powdered pimp slap!
Over the course of the next few months BATSU! was developed. They took the best of the Japanese game show genre and infused it with what FOU did best...improv comedy. On December 6, 2010, the show previewed to a sold-out crowd and it was clear that BATSU! would be a hit. A month later, after a few minor tweaks, BATSU! began its open run on January 10, 2011.
Today the show has developed into a slick, polished, and wild comedy with outrageous punishments and challenges that leave audiences cheering and chanting for punishment: BATSU! BATSU! BATSU! The critics have been raving and BATSU! has become a destination show perfect for out-of-town guests, company outings, girls night, bachelorettes, and birthdays.