The Sickest F***ing Stories I Ever Heard is an exercise in comedy vérité that’s as bluntly provocative as its title. Five comics play poker onstage, betting real money, drinking real beer and telling real sick stories. As Time Out NY puts it: “Imagine if the Algonquin Round Table were to trade Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley for Howard Stern and Al Goldstein.”
Sickest was creating by Shaun Himmerick and Don Hall of Chicago's WNEP Theater as a cruder version of "The Wier". Having done successful runs in Boston, Chicago, and Seattle, Sickest is being brought to Austin by Asaf Ronen who helmed the New York version. Much like the reality-TV fad, the show taps into people's desire for entertainment that's drawn from the everyday life of the guest improvisers, comedians and musicians (which the occasional wild card non-performer thrown in). “It’s people letting down their inhibitions and just talking about anything,” Ronen says.
When all the ingredients add up properly, Sickest becomes a startlingly candid round robin of inventive filth, with obscenities and esoteric sexual jargon (e.g., donkey punch, Cleveland steamer) spurting back and forth across the stage. But it offers more than mere scatology. Anecdotes can range from awww-inspiring (a kitten playfully bats at someone’s scrotum during sex) to nauseating (a man jumps into a river and lands inside a barely submerged and considerably softened cow corpse); from friend-of-a-friend tales to chilling confessions. “I said some personal things that I’d never relay now,” Ronen says. “You forget your boundaries when you’re onstage.”
SICKEST F***ING STORIES I EVER HEARD
9pm | Thursday, July 5 | $10 (includes drink ticket)
The Hideout Theatre
Featuring Charlie Hodge from the Dudley and Bob Show, Asaf Ronen, Owen Egerton, and Leah Moss.
Proudly sponsored by That Other Paper
Official Website: http://myspace.com/sickest_fing_stories
Added by thatotherpaper on June 16, 2007