Paul Thomas: Comedogenic | Pub Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Paul Thomas: Comedogenic 

When: Thursdays. Continues through May 26 2011
Price: $5
Politically incorrect humor, musical instruments, and the surprise appearance of a dildo punctuate Paul Thomas's tepid one-man sketch show. In the opening bit, Thomas plays the mentally disabled man who'll be "Paul Thomas" for the evening, thanks to a new drug that causes "extreme narcissism, delusional aspirations--and sometimes you shit your pants." More cringe-worthy sketches about coming out of the closet, an angry recovering addict, and a frugal pedophile follow. There's a hint of promise in several physical sketches in which Thomas displays an impressive arsenal of facial tics and expressive postures. And he's funny as a technology-addled teen frenetically texting while playing a classical French horn solo. --Marissa Oberlander



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