Pre-Fringe Profile: Dry Humping Art

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SHOW TITLE: Dry Humping Art
PRODUCER: Troupe Strozzi
HAILING FROM: Illinois
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Commedia Dell’ Par-tay, baby! Bawdy, naughty and ready to party, we perform satirical sketch comedy. Pop culture, classic literature, even the Bible – nothing is sacred. Laugh first, be offended later!
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I have a deep fondness for Commedia Dell’Arte, on those handful of occasions that it’s performed well.
INTERVIEWEE: John Dryden (writer/director)

Just who do you think you are, anyway?

We are a group of actors and musicians, (well, not so many musicians – they keep wandering off), who reside west of Chicago and spend a good deal of our free time trying to figure out ways to mock established culture. Troupe Strozzi is about five years old. We have played in pubs, coffee houses, on the street, in writers workshops, at festivals such as this one and of course the regular run of the mill theaters. We do what you might call, (if you had a limited imagination), sketch comedy, sort of like Saturday Night Live except unlike those bastards we don’t flog a joke until it resembles Donald Trump’s hemorrhoids. Maybe I shouldn’t assume Donald Trump has hemorrhoids. It’s just that he walks like he does. (Do you think his mom knitted his hair?)

So what’s the big idea?

Imagine Monty Python meets Commedia Dell Arte (the little slut) in a pub and they hook up. The offspring looks like Troupe Strozzi. We mix a bit of slapstick and bawdy with smart and political. We are, for all practical purposes, extremely anti-establishment and recognize no sacred cows. Religion, politics, sex, economics, popular culture, you name it, we will make fun of it. Our pieces tend to run between ten and twenty minutes and we string them together in a play list depending on the venue we are doing. We have about four hours of material right now including Schindler on the Roof, A Streetcar Named Roof on a Hot Tin Cat, The Immigrants, (Mexican Muslims!), The Game of Thongs, Stozzi Mounts Olympus, and a bunch of other stuff I’m sure makes fascinating reading. For this particular show we will be performing our version of Romeo and Juliet which is way better than the original piece of banal pap that cheap whore Shakespeare wrote, and in celebration of the season, we will offer up The Nativity. (Hey, it must be Christmas somewhere) Oh, and we will do a musical piece sung by a girl with really big tits.

How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?

We didn’t come up with this. Some Italian troupe came up with it back in the late 15th century when they got tired of doing passion plays. They started doing comedy and were an instant hit. They used stock characters; the cowardly mercenary, the phony intellectual, the shrew, the whore, the clown, the lovers, and used the characters to make fun of the Church, the nobility, the wealthy, anything and anyone who could be identified as established power. Troupe Strozzi is the modern incarnation of a style that has been performed for the last five hundred years. Why do we do it? Our day jobs are boring. Comedy is fun.   

Why should I care?

Normally when someone comes to one of our shows, several things happen. They get mildly offended, they blow snot out of their nose, they piss themselves laughing and then they walk around with wet pants and a silly grin for the rest of the day. If you want something high-brow and esoteric like they do off-Broadway, you will want to give us a pass. F@ck art. Let’s laugh. Oh, and did I mention the big tits? I know Garrison Keller is a big fan of both of them.

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.

(God, you are such an asshole) okay, here goes:

Lake Minnehaha
is an Indian name for
“slightly funny pool”

Okay, I just wrote a joke. All over Japan haiku masters are committing hari-kari at the complete bastardization of their art form. That’s why we call our show, “Dry Humping Art”. And by the way, you guys might want to think about renaming stuff up there. Would it kill you to use a few Yiddish nouns?

Questions? Comments? Enraged invective? Check out my answers to occasionally asked questions in Notes on Notes, or the contact info linked from that page!

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