Youth Group: A Skit Comedy Show | Mission Theater at iO Chicago | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 25 2017

Jonny Nelson draws on his own experience growing up in an evangelical community to inform this late-night satirical two-man sketch and improv set at iO's cozy Chris Farley Cabaret. Directed by Jess Mitolo, Nelson and Eli Weatherby lampoon the innocuous-seeming candy trail laid down by cheerful youth pastors that leads to a rapturous, fear-inducing worldview. In impersonating a couple of overzealous young ministers, the duo here fall back on what NPR's Stephen Thompson calls "loud grotesques," delivering broad jokes and mookish, physical types. When things quiet down, though, the pair can get rivetingly weird, as they do in a short sketch about a kid hypnotized into a trance by his devilish TV set. —Dan Jakes

Price: $14

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