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Attack of the World Wide Weird, Wrecking Crew, at Chase Cafe. Producer-director Michael Flores boasts that the Wrecking Crew's comedy is not that of "Johnny Carson's monologues." But judging by the personalities portrayed (Martha Stewart, Anna Nicole Smith) and scenarios enacted (Survivor, various CNN shows), the folks in Attack of the World Wide Weird watch a lot of television and have shaped their ensemble-generated sketch comedy accordingly.

For one thing, they invoke mass-media icons rather than create actual characters. The dialogue includes plenty of potty-mouth language, both straightforward ("pussy") and coy ("stink star"). Combining both these principles is a sketch in which an Elvis robot dispenses advice to fans whose problems invariably revolve around sex. Even more unusual, players are not required to listen to one another--a Hull House demon-child is described as "half-man, half-goat," but the actor portraying the creature more closely resembles a chicken. The Wrecking Crew aesthetic also seems to dictate that most of the action be initiated and physical comedy performed by men. Meanwhile the women smile with all their might--even the one interviewing fashion designer Ed Gein on a new line crafted from human body parts.

Beginning late this month the troupe is also booked as the opening act for midnight screenings of films such as Cannibal Holocaust at the Biograph. Sounds like just the audience to appreciate the Wrecking Crew's unique approach to humor.

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