Baby Wants Candy | Judy's Beat Lounge, Second City Training Center | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Alex Elena

When: Saturdays. Continues through March 25 2017
Price: $15
Accompany comedians to a bar's karaoke night and you'll quickly discover how tremendous the overlap is on the Venn diagram of improv versus musical theater nerds. This long-running troupe's signature show is where the two fandoms are wedded to create an hour of giddy, off-kilter, harmonious enlightenment . . . and also some dick jokes. The current Chicago iteration, now in new digs in the Beat Lounge at Second City, promises to be a reliable source of live-band-accompanied levity and whip-smart sketch weirdness. While the troupe landed in thorny territory early on during opening night—a lily-white ensemble satirizing the Standing Rock standoff—it was a particular joy to see the cast's deceptively astute story maneuvering and self-deprecation enable them to walk a precarious tightrope without a fall. —Dan Jakes



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