The Chicago improv group, The Hitmen, are performing in the Cornucopia of Comedy at Studio Be every Tuesday through November 15th with Ed and Kath, and Leotard Foundation as opening acts.
The show is requesting canned food donations for the Lakeview Pantry and you will be rewarded with a free beer for every donation.
The Hitmen, Justin Drogos, Colin Espinales, Brendan Hannigan, and Thiago Lima, are are a strong group of improvisors on thier way up. Of course, they start the night’s performance with a suggestion from the audience.Then, not only do they build a scene and characters around the intial suggestion, which on the night I saw them was “firehouse,” they also incorporate any and almost all of their own improvised on the fly scene choices. They duck in and out of scenes and new characters as they are mentioned in true improv fashion. It’s interesting and exciting to watch their choices which on the night I saw them included; a fireman showing his best poses for a calender shoot, his father, Pops, who makes homemade soda pop in the basement, “Pop’s Pop”, an interview for the calender job where he brings Pops who keeps suggesting product placement in the calender photos for his brand of soda and so on. The Hitmen are successful and funny because they don’t take an easy path, they are constantly making suggestive challenges to their partners and running with them. The only thing lacking from their act is bigger audiences.
Also performing were Ed and Kath who asked for a reltionship suggestion and got lawyer and judge. Kath grabbed the judge role with a pretentious accent as she belittled Ed’s incompetent lawyer character who took a murder case thinking he was defending instead of prosecuting. They sat on chairs on stage and didn’t so much talk to one another as they did a dating website commercial kind of back and forth where they alternated monologues about their relationship. It was a smart exchange and they were so funny that they kept cracking each other up!
Opening was the musical improv group, Leotard Foundation, who do “Improvised Sondheim.” They did wild musical numbers which were clever, including two Valley Girl speaking girls both named Jenna interviewing for a housekeeping/servant job at a haunted house.
The Cornucopia is $8 through November 15th and well worth your time.