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Dry Hump . . . Remounted

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DRY HUMP . . . REMOUNTED, at the Chopin Theatre. With a title like this, chances are that Dry Hump . . . Remounted will be either funny in a gross way or just plain gross. Sadly, the show is neither. Instead it's yet another well-meaning but wildly uneven sketch-comedy revue put together by yet another troupe of fresh-faced actors, many of whom met in college and are still hanging out together. Most of the bits are longer, dumber, less polished versions of the long, dumb, polished sketches on MADtv and Saturday Night Live. When the performers aren't poking fun at commercials or other TV phenomena, like Antiques Roadshow, they're skewering such common targets as help desks, family road trips, and silly theme restaurants.

These players are not without talent. Mike Nelson performs with a power and precision that only makes his material seem all the more obvious and overwritten. And Sagar Chowdhury speaks so many accents so masterfully--British English, midwestern American English, English with a Middle Eastern twist, and the English spoken on the Indian subcontinent--I'd be hard-pressed to say which is his native tongue. But without decent material, who gives a hump.

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