Fresh From the Funny Farm presents a collection of twenty-three comedy skits written and performed by current and former DC area high school students who are members of The Comedy Academy, Inc. of Silver Spring, MD, a DC area after school program that seeks to foster student comedy writers and performers by providing writing workshops and performing opportunities.
The skits varied in length as well as in degree of humor and enjoyability. Some involved singing to the sound of a solo guitar (“Silver Spring Blues” and “Death Metal Unplugged”), while others dealt with current events topics such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (“Cooking with Al-Qaeda”) and popular movies and television shows (“Twilite”, “New Mooners,” and “Hell’s Library”). However, most of the skits focused on everyday teenage life experiences (“An Anti-Drug Campaign Ad,” “Dropping the Bomb,” and “Dude Dude? Dude!”).
The large twenty-two member cast exhibited a lot of energy and enthusiasm in their various roles throughout the skits. Although I did not find much of the material to be very funny (and perhaps that is because I am no longer a high school aged student), I think the students were very creative in their skit writing and should be commended for standing on a stage in front of a group of strangers and performing their own works. I remember when I acted in high school productions, including Arsenic and Old Lace and J.M. Barrie’s Dear Brutus. I recall feeling extremely nervous about performing and I often wondered if I would forget all of my lines. But the experience of performing and acting was invaluable and it was nice to see a group of enthusiastic young students who looked like they were enjoying themselves on stage and being with each other.
Although there were some issues with remembering lines and in confusing stage direction, the students did a good job of keeping the skits moving with lots of energy and enthusiasm. I think that the parents, teachers and friends of these students will highly enjoy watching them on stage in these silly skits. However, for those of us long out of high school, these skits are not likely to tickle our funny bone.
Fresh From the Funny Farm
Comedy skits written by Diego Aguilar, Harry M. Bagdasin, Liam Brennan, Lisa Levin Itte, Matthias Kelderman, Sara Mozersky, Josh Rosen, Phillip Shattan, Leah Solomon, Rachel Solomon, Austen Villemez, and AJ Walderhaug.
Original music by Josh Rosen, Liam Brennan and Diego Aguilar
Directed by Harry M. Bagdasian and Dr. Beck KreftingPresented by The Comedy Academy
Reviewed by Sabrina C. Daly
Runing time: 1 hours 45 minutes
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