"Three Stars

ComedySportz Theatre

In ComedySportz improv games, usually two comic teams compete for laughs, but last Friday night all the players were pitted against the audience, a formidable opponent armed with gleeful stupidity and moronic expletives. A Christmas Carol: Unscripted relied on dialogue scraps thrown into a hat or shouted out by a collegiate crowd intent on making Scrooge a pole dancer and the comedians say “ass” and “balls.” Sometimes the team won (one player blatantly ignored an abortion clinic reference) and sometimes they got down with the groundlings (the Ghost of Christmas Past swore continually without any audience prompting). I was also disappointed that the players didn’t often try to weave the better audience suggestions into their scenes. Mostly, they just read the lines and tossed the paper. As Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past, Jeff Clawson and Mookie Harris took some good jabs at the holiday tale, asking what spirit world magic is required to bring someone to the present. I also enjoyed Tim Harrison as Bob, Woody Rau as a drag Martha and some throwaway references to Patrick Swayze in Ghost. I’d like to see them again, when ComedySportz “referees” call foul on foul language and put everyone through a tougher comedic workout. Through Dec. 28; 317-951-8499.

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