Nervous Breakdown | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Nervous Breakdown

When: Tuesdays. Continues through Feb. 9 2016

If anybody's going to have a nervous breakdown, it won't be the seven improvisers hosting this concept show. More often than not, they look like they're having a great time. No, it'll be one of the guest comedians whose job it is to feed the improvisers their material. The evening runs like so: An MC brings on a stand-up, who draws an audience suggestion ("cat poop," "grandma's vagina") from a jar and riffs on it, trying to come up with something resembling a routine. The improvisers then make fodder of that routine, using theater games like Freeze Tag. The pattern is repeated with three different comics. Of those I saw, one comic was amiable but overwhelmed, another clearly sorry he'd signed up. But the third, Marty DeRosa, was just right, having figured out that he could do pretty much whatever he pleased, suggestions notwithstanding. Though the improvisers were too hyped to listen to one another at first, they eventually settled down and shared their fun with us. The gravy: An audience-participation interlude yielded a fabulous little monologue by a ponytailed patron named Arnie. —Tony Adler

Price: $8

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