Last night, Ron and I (along with my folks and our good friends, Claudia & Dirk) had the opportunity to see the new sketch comedy troupe “Feed the Monkey” at the Onyx Theatre, 653 E. Sahara #16. We were invited by our own Gret Menzies (of “Dangerous Curves”) who is also a member of this talented, comedy ensemble.
PICTURED: [kneeling and seated, left to right] Jillian Pizzuto (cast), Enoch Augustus Scott (cast/writer/director), Jon Paul Raniola (cast/writer/director), Michael Gonzalez (cast); [standing, left to right] Jennifer Deanne King (costumes), Jeremy Knowles (cast), Becca Hollis (production manager), Bre’ann O’Neill (stage manager), JJ Gatesman (director), Lori Kay (assistant director), Gret Menzies (cast), Scott Johnson (cast/writer/director)
Now, to be quite honest, sketch comedy is not really my thing. I rarely watch shows like SNL (Saturday Night Live) or MADtv…the characters tend to get on my nerves and the sketches usually go way too far, to the point of being annoying. However, I must say that I actually really enjoyed myself last night. There were some really funny parts in the show, and some extremely talented cast members…particularly Scott Johnson (who participated in two great bits involving the “Count” from Sesame Street — seriously, very funny!) and Jon Paul Raniola (who did a fantastic job with EVERY character he portrayed). In fact, the entire cast is to be commended on how well they did…especially when you consider how difficult sketch comedy can be! And this particular comedy troupe only performs once a month (the 4th Saturday of each month) and each month they have a NEW show, so they only get ONE SHOT to get it right…ONE SHOT to get the laughs! It’s like “opening night” every, single time. OY! Was the show perfect, and was every bit funny? No…not really. But with a show like this, I didn’t really expect to love everything…and I was quite honestly surprised at how much I did like.
Is it worth going to? Yes, it is…definitely. And here’s a few reasons why… First, the tickets are only $10…you can’t beat that. Second, it’s a fantastic way to show your support of local and independent theatre here in Las Vegas. Third, I can guarantee that you will laugh out loud at least few times (when’s the last time you did that???). And finally, the Onyx Theatre is actually located at the back of The RACK store (an acronym for “Responsible and Consensual Kink”), which was voted “Best Adult Store” in Las Vegas in the Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” ’07. Oh MY!! So bring your significant other and show up a little early to do a bit of shopping beforehand! Woohoo!!! Comedy AND sexy fun, all in one evening! Seriously, who could ask for anything more???
Visit the “Feed the Monkey” MySpace page for cast bios and more information… www.myspace.com/feedthemonkeylasvegas
To get tickets for next month’s show, October 25, visit The Onyx Theatre’s Official Website… www.onyxtheatre.com/ticketing.htm
To read last month’s great review of “Feed the Monkey” Sketch Comedy, featured in Las Vegas Weekly Magazine, Sept. 4. 2008… www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2008/sep/04/feed-monkey/