Jon Wee and Owen Morse have been looking for “real” jobs for 26 years. In the meantime, they’ve traveled around the world as The Passing Zone, a comedy and juggling act.
“It’s got to be me,” Loretta LaRoche sings as she ogles herself in a handheld mirror on stage, a jazz quartet playing in the background. It’s a new parody song she’s been working on — bringing together the absurdity of everyday life and American jazz music in a hilarious combination. The piece comments on the selfie outbreak among millennials in a spoof of the classic “It Had To Be You,” made famous by Frank Sinatra.
Comedian Mark Russell will be dropping the “F-bomb” during his 8:15 p.m. performance tonight in the Amphitheater.
That is about as dirty as it gets for the political satirist, who came out of retirement last year after learning of Rep. Kevin Yoder’s decision to go skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee.
“Do you know Pisa?” asked violinist Aleksey Igudesman. “There’s the Leaning Tower. The funny thing is, not just the tower is leaning in Pisa. Even the stage we were on, in a beautiful theater — it was leaning so much I had vertigo, because I thought I was going to fall down.”
“I have walked on some stages and been very frightened, yes,” agreed Hyung-ki Joo, pianist and the other half of the classical music comedy duo performing their show, “A Little Nightmare Music,” at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
“I’ve been frightened of the stage, because it swooped down into this black pit,” Joo said, making arm motions as if to keep himself from falling.
It is easy not to have stage fright doing what they do, because what they do is unique, hilarious, smart and offers the revelation that comedy, classical music, popular culture and celebrity make a surprising and fantastic mix.
Audience members erupted into laughter time and time again as Meg Wolitzer and Roger Rosenblatt exchanged witty remarks during Wednesday’s morning lecture.
The humor and wit seeded throughout the conversation demonstrated Wolitzer’s philosophy on its use in novels.
“Humor in a novel has to exist the way humor in a conversation exists,” she said. “It comes out of character.”
Between the jokes and laughter, Rosenblatt and Wolitzer discussed female authors, decisions writers make and character development in novels.