takes a journey through a community of oddities in their newest sketch show.
the whole village-full of characters in “It Takes A Village Idiot,” sketch
comedy group Freedumb’s amusing new show at the People’s Improv Theater, those
portrayed by Allen Warnock truly stand out.
Warnock creates a variety of inspired oddity in characters like a primal West
Virginian, a lunatic yoga teacher, and the whimpering host of a public access
cable poetry show. Freedumb’s material is not dominated by Warnock, but
definitely burns a little brighter when he’s in the spotlight of a sketch.
The group -- Andrea Alton, Robin Gelfenbein, David Spiecher, Theron Steiner,
Warnock and Marshall York -- all are credited with writing the sketches. There
are a couple uneven pieces, but these are fewer in number than those that work
A “tunic party” of college boys with upper-crust accents devolves as they scare
off the girls. The aforementioned West Virginian sketch, which also featured
Andrea Alton, plays off their contrasting recollections of sex in a similar
style to previous material these performers have done as part of the Manhattan
Comedy Collective. And Marshall York’s turn playing a son coming out to his
parents at the Thanksgiving table proves priceless because of the collective
work of the group, and a perfectly timed punch line from Spiecher as his
Freedumb’s show closing sketch, the poetry TV show, finds distinct characters
brought together in skilled writing, as Gelfenbein plays up her hair-chewing
nerd and York becomes the most over-dramatic of the poets. Even in a more
equally weighted piece like this though, Warnock gets the most laughs with an
ode to Alf and Punky Brewster.
Freedumb perform “It Takes A Village Idiot” at 7 p.m. Mondays, June 19 and 26
at the People’s Improv Theater.