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Review: Second City’s America All Better at Woolly Mammoth

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So, I don’t like funny movies. I think movies like Dumb and Dumber, Old School, Step Brothers, essentially anything in the stupid movie category, often starring Will Ferrell or Jim Carey, are a waste of time and space and I’d rather just take a nap for two hours than watch one.

Yep, I know. So weird. That’s probably why I’m still single. I’d rather watch an independent drama or a foreign romance than subject myself to moronic slapstick humor or fart jokes.

I love to laugh, but I prefer my humor in a more intelligent, clever, and educated fashion.

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That’s why I love the Second City, an improv comedy troupe based out of Chicago that’s been around more than 50 years.  The Second City has been partnering with local theater Woolly Mammoth for years now. Last week, I saw the fifth show in their partnership, America All Better.

All of the shows Second City brings to Woolly are intelligent-yet-goofy humor, and are rooted in politics and current events—perfect for this well-educated, wonky, nerdy city we call home. I first fell in love with the Second City Woolly collaboration with Barack Stars, when I was introduced to the laugh-til-you-cry humor produced by inappropriate but oh-so-accurate musings on America’s political landscape. A Girls Guide to DC Politics was equally hysterical, covering, once again, American political life and current events. All of Second City’s shows conclude with an all-out improv session, which is a signature touch.

Second City Presents "America All Better!"

This latest show covered an amalgamation of topics relevant to America’s decline: obesity, bad parenting, drugs and alcohol, corrupt politicians; as well as taboo political topics, most notably gay marriage, in which Senator Graham and Jesus H. Christ both make an appearance. It was witty, entertaining, and my stomach hurt from laughing so hard. The improv, unfortunately, was less clever than I had recalled in previous instances.

America All Better is playing at Woolly through August 18 and tickets start at $45.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 393-3939

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