Chasing the Hype | Den Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Chasing the Hype The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

The concept behind the latest sketch revue from Think Tank Comedy is intriguing: vignettes employ multimedia, found footage, vaudeville, and silent comedy to parody the 24-hour news cycle. Many of these scenes and characters are inspired: Burt McCallister, a news anchor who prides himself on always being "first on the scene"; bank robbers in the style of old silent films and the Hamburglar; and an NBC writers' meeting in which a stale concept with Howie Mandel is lambasted, only to appear later in the revue as well as in real life. Less successful are the sketches that stray from the concept: weirdly effeminate stay-at-home dads, gay male prostitution, and watercolor painting causing an orgasm in a dandyish painter. The targets could use some of the show's variety. —Tal Rosenberg

Price: $10


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