Airport for Birds | Up Comedy Club | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Airport for Birds 

When: Sundays. Continues through March 3 2013
Price: $18-$50
There's no mistaking that Team Starkid's sizable digital audience (275,000 YouTube subscribers, 200,000 Facebook fans, 120,000 Twitter followers, gush the press materials) skews heavily toward teenage girls. They were disproportionately represented on opening night, rarely missing an opportunity to squeal or cheer as the troupe cofounded by Glee star Darren Criss made their first foray into sketch comedy. Clearly, StarKid understand what their target demographic wants. The rest of us may wish for sketch comedy built around something more than SNL-esque incongruity (the delivery-room attendant is a stripper, the moneyed Victorian aristocrat is a screeching eagle). The cast are skilled and likable, but, with rare exceptions, their 23 scenes are weightless exercises in eccentricity. —Justin Hayford



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