The Day That Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Nearly Killed Me: My Rally to Restore Sanity | Under the Gun Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Day That Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Nearly Killed Me: My Rally to Restore Sanity Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Fridays. Continues through Jan. 29 2016

Well, "nearly killed me" is an exaggeration. At no point during Angie McMahon's 40-minute comic monologue does it look like she's about to bite the dust. But the fact that McMahon frames her saga in life-or-death terms tells you something about how she found herself, almost single-handedly, organizing a Chicago satellite of Jon Stewart's 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity. This is a tale of pure, uncut enthusiasm running up against the realities of city permits, porta-potties, potty mouths, and 5,000 Jon Stewart fans with minds of their own. McMahon should provide more context; as things stand, it's simply a given that we (a) know all about the rally and (b) share her zeal for it. She should also remember to project past the first row. Her energy is fun to behold, though. In her manic phase, she reminds me of Snoopy doing his victory-is-mine dance. —Tony Adler

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