The Comedy Dance Collective | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch, Dance | Chicago Reader
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James Farley

When: Fridays. Continues through May 26 2017
Price: $14
Fittingly, the Comedy Dance Collective’s new, titleless show at the iO takes place at the Chris Farley Cabaret. It’s a lot of dancing, yes. It’s a lot of laughs, sure. Put the two together, and you’ve got a performance that isn’t so much built on a plot as on some stellar physical comedy. And it’s one of the funniest, most enjoyable hours you’ll spend on a Friday night. A sort of brief anthology of the history of dance (encompassing everything from ballet to hip-hop to Irish jig), the sketch-style show, directed by Molly Todd Madison, is packed with great bits like two short-limbed dinosaurs reenacting the famed ending from Dirty Dancing; the subtler gags throughout include a man who’s plagued by an affliction called “Dave Matthews hand.” Farley himself would approve of such unabashed abandon. —Matt de la Peña

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