The Crossword Show

Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 7:00 p.m.

$25 | Friedman Family Auditorium

On Sunday, June 23, THE CROSSWORD SHOW returns to Planet Word as part of their summer 2024 tour. Host Zach Sherwin (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Epic Rap Battles of History”) will be joined by D.C. comedians Reese Waters and Kasha Patel, who will team up to solve an actual crossword puzzle live onstage, with all the puzzle-solving action displayed on a big screen so the audience can follow along. As the solvers decipher the various clues, Zach takes the show down rabbit holes of comedy, music, wordplay, and trivia, all inspired by the various answer words, and everything ties together at the end for a grand finale that’s as satisfying as it is mind-blowing. It’s like the New York Times crossword meets NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” but with more rap than you’d expect, and you genuinely don’t need any puzzle expertise to be dazzled by this delightful, brainy, one-of-a-kind experience. “Tons of fun.” — NYTimes. “Jaw-dropping.” — SFGate.

ZACH SHERWIN is a Los Angeles-based comedian. His writing for the web series “Epic Rap Battles of History” has received numerous Emmy nominations and Streamy Awards, and the Epic Rap Battles in which he’s co-starred have amassed over half a billion YouTube views and an RIAA-certified Gold record. His own YouTube videos have been viewed many millions of times, and his other writing credits range from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW) to MAD Magazine. As a performer, Zach has appeared on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX) and “The Pete Holmes Show” (TBS), both long cancelled, as well as “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), which seems to be doing a-ok! Zach has also worked extensively as a TV audience warm-up comic, most recently at the 2023 National Spelling Bee finals, and in 2022, he published his debut crossword puzzle in the New York Times.


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