The Low Upside With John Sabine | Mission Theater at iO Chicago | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

The Low Upside With John Sabine Agenda New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Recommended

When: Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 25 2017

John Sabine is a cheeky comic. He’s one of the only people I’ve seen who can unironically lampoon the Dave Matthews Band. As the eponymous Dave, he thanks his endless band members at the end of a show, including “a swarm of bees on the bongos.” He angles toward absurd playing a macho motivational speaker defining what constitutes grounds for turning in your “man card,” e.g., “If you think lizards are homeless turtles . . . turn in your man card!” And so forth. Sabine’s show plays like a McSweeney’s listicle, punctuated by his constantly shifting characters, from a confident Julian Assange to an anxious German teacher. He’s clever, charming, and knows how to read a room: I saw him turn up the ham-o-meter when playing to a room full of 40th birthday party attendees unfamiliar with sketch. —Steve Heisler

Price: $16

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