Zany premises and a few political jabs are part of the fun in "Barack to the Drawing Board," presented by The Humor Mill, a 5-year-old Orlando comedy troupe.
Based on the improvised comedy styles made famous by the Second City in Chicago, "Barak" is a series of roughly a dozen sketches – adapted from improv -- that range from social commentary to the absurd.
In one sketch, a cat is the mayor of an Alaskan town. In another, a group of friends hoot, holler and cheer for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" as if the production were a football game.
The show never gets too political, though one of the more humorous sketches includes a beautifully performed song about the future of Gov. Rick Scott.
"Hold on, we have just 20 months to go," sings one of the players.
The cast is best when together playing a family of country-fried Crackers sitting on a porch and decrying what's happening to their Central Florida landscape. The cracks on Walt Disney World ("Why would people pay to see rats?"), Gatorland, downtown St. Cloud and the Holy Land Experience are even funnier if you have some knowledge of the region.
A small taste of improv comedy appears near the end when the cast asks for noun and verb suggestions (think Mad Libs) from the audience. The result is a musical selection filled with wombats, penguins and a few choice expletives.
But that's a good thing because Mad Libs aren't funny without a few swear words.
60 mins. Rated M. Black venue.
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