IndyFringe review: "55 Minutes of Sex, Drugs and Audience Participation" 

The show's title pretty accurately describes the content, but what really sets this improv comedy act apart are the members' interactions with the audience and the quality of their storytelling. Audience members are chosen to engage with the improv process, either by acting out a part of the story or by asking questions ("But what kind of drugs were your friends taking?") so that the actors may fill in the gaps of their anecdotes. In doing this, the audience is actually a part of the act, helping to take the stories into new directions. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the show is how well Howard Lieberman and Loren Niemi spin their tales, focusing on engagement rather than quick, cheap laughs. It's easy to forget that they are improvising the stories the whole time, as it quickly becomes clear that the two are as much storytellers as they are comedians. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

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