Nick & Gabe: American Champions | Up Comedy Club | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Courtesy Second City

When: Thursdays. Continues through July 14 2016
Price: $12-$17
In Nick and Gabe’s America, everything is bigger, better, faster—like an athlete on steroids. So it’s no coincidence that over the course of this one-hour sketch-comedy revue one of the more prominent motifs is lampooning SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays, thunderous dunks and all. On the one hand it’s a joke about redundancy; on the other hand it’s about domination. That sense of supremacy resonates throughout this mockery of democracy, with some of the more biting quips coming at the expense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (“We’re definitely not still in Iraq”) and the failure to close Guantanamo Bay. This may sound like stale material, but astute observations about chants of "USA," along with original gems like ditties about our national parks and a group called the Beach Brothers, make this show worth your hard-earned American dollars. —Matt de la Peña



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