Overheard at Joe’s is an interactive, improvisational, theatre experience set in your local bar, created by Christian Kelty. A different show every night, the audience is guided through the evening by the bartender who facilitates a funny, engaging, always topical conversation based on the makeup of the audience. The bartender along with six improv actors embedded in the crowd create an evening of entertainment over 90 minutes with a special musical guest at every performance.
The show debuted as Joe’s NYC Bar as a part of the 2001 Orlando International Fringe Festival, with seven sold-out performances. There were ten incarnations of the show between 2001 to 2004. After a ten year absence, the show was resurrected in 2015, and returned to the 2016 Orlando Fringe to positive reviews and sold-out shows and celebrated Joe’s 100th performance. That success propelled it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016, where Joe’s NYC Bar closed the festival being named by “The List” as one of the top 100 shows of the festival (#80), out of over 3000 productions. Joe’s returned to Edinburgh in 2017 for a full month. Because any good bar thrives on the live performances of talented musicians, Joe’s has featured unique musical performances during each show – culling from the best local talent as well as nationally recognized bands.