James and Patty Nail's Family Talent Show and Hoopla | Upstairs Gallery Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

James and Patty Nail's Family Talent Show and Hoopla The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 25 2011

This offbeat variety show is hosted by Mollie Merkel and Lisa Laureta as Jim and Patty Nail, a backwoods couple who keep the spark alive by spending romantic evenings at an Econo Lodge. On the night I attended, the bill was a who's who of local comedic talent, including Cameron Esposito doing hilarious stand-up about strip clubs and Mo Welch wondering why baby clothes have so many pockets. Inspired by a "portraiture artist" they saw at Six Flags, Seth Dodson and Kellen Alexander of 1, 2, 3 Fag! drew caricatures of audience members. Though Merkel and Laureta were entertaining (especially Merkel's impression of Mo'Nique's Oscar acceptance speech for Precious) the old-fashioned Nails seemed out of sync with the sexually explicit content in most acts. --Marissa Oberlander

Price: $3

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