Mother's Mantzoukas and St. Clair
present entertaining look at a
couple's ups and downs
their show “We Used To Go Out” about
relationships and the demises of those
relationships, Jason Mantzoukas and Jessica
St. Clair break a lot of new ground and show
a lot of originality in playing out
transgressive scenes as themselves and other
characters. The duo have a rapport from
working together in “Mother,” a UCB improv
group regularly featured on Saturday nights.
The subjects are raw -- oral sex,
masturbation, threesomes -- but all of them
are made funny because Mantzoukas and St.
Clair play out a series of self-delusions in
their characters about what they do that
make the humor more than just laughing at
vulgar sex jokes, and rooting it in
In the show’s sketches, Mantzoukas steps out
of himself a more than Jessica does, at
points also taking on roles as a flighty
girlfriend of Jessica’s and as “Scooter,” an
obnoxious guy Jessica goes out with after
breaking off her long-term relationship with
Mantzoukas himself. His other characters are
distinct enough that they’re easy to grasp.
The closing sketch is especially well
executed, nimbly handling surprises achieved
by both breaking the fourth wall and
successfully incorporating a well-known
recent movie as shorthand for just how
pathetic and despairing Mantzoukas (playing
the version of himself) gets.
The biggest laughs of this show are well set
up by the characterizations by Mantzoukas
and St. Clair. The punchlines typically mean
something more than just dirty jokes.
“We Used To Go Out” runs at the UCB Theatre
8 p.m. Thursdays in March.