Sketchy Spring

Sketch comedy shorts woven together in the style of Saturday Night Live from one of New York’s most talented theatre companies. And did I mention there’s always Jello shots?

By Andrew Andrews

Game show host Shannon McInally presents a loser boyfriend portrayed by Brendan Byrne to contestants Alyssa Abraham, Jessika McQueen and Anique Clements in "Can You Save Him," the final sketch in Wrong House Productions’ Sketchy Spring.

Hooray! It’s time for another of Wrong House Productions’ twice-yearly sketch nights: a dozen or so sketch comedy shorts woven together in the style of Saturday Night Live from one of New York’s most talented theatre companies: the entire crew divides up the responsibilities of producing, writing, directing and (of course) performing in the set of sketches. As if that wasn’t enough: in the “off season” they also bring us more serious works with themes well-suited to millennial concerns, such as Really Really two years ago and, more recently, the impeccable 36 Juniper.

And did I mention there’s always Jello shots?

Tonight’s show kicked off with The Ted Bundy Tapes: The Musical: a full-cast piece in which the serial killer’s jury knows he’s guilty of murdering dozens of women, but nonetheless wants to sleep with him. Off to a great start!

Next, in Emergency Exit, a flight attendant tries to skillfully reprimand an armless passenger for sitting in the emergency exit row without calling attention to the specifics of his disability. The passenger, meanwhile, insists that he is capable of performing his duties despite his grotesquely-long legs and the fact that he is “legally blind in one eye and casually blind in the other.”

Time of the Month put a political candidate against an ugly press conference to defend her ability to perform her duties even during the “time of the month” when her clothes become stained with blood because she is a… werewolf!

An eccentric mother who came out of coma believing she was in a Jane Austen novel ruined her grown daughter’s Birthday Party, until the daughter (a modern “emancipated woman”) put up her dukes and brought dear ol’ mom back to the present by knocking her out in a cat fight.

Throughout the evening, a series of phony political commercials titled Corn Candidate pitted Jeb Bush against Beto O’Rourke over a very hotly-contested issue: whether gold American sweet corn should be eaten on the cob or off. According to Bush, loose corn equals loose morals, but O’Rourke insisted it is time to cut the kernels loose: “corn cuttin’ doesn’t make me a commie, and neither should you!”

A father and his daughter’s boyfriend generated some compromising video footage, when the daughter left the stands at a ball game to buy beer, only to miss the antics of the Popcorn Cam cheerleaders that showed up during her absence.

In HR Comes to DQ, three young ladies are reprimanded for sexual misconduct for complimenting their coworker Jimmy on his Old Navy boot-cut low-rise skinny jeans.

Good Vibrations brought the whole team (Alyssa Abraham, Jessika McQueen, Anique Clements, Jeremy Sapadin, Brendan Byrne, Megan Abell, Jack Creaghan, Shannon McInally, Jacob Dabby and Sierra Hubsher) together again for a low impact aerobics class that nonetheless pushed McInally’s character Karen to collapse and die—but at least that was reason enough for the rest of the class to perform a few reps of the “thoughts and prayers” exercise!

In the penultimate sketch, a young man refuses to say “I love you” to his “little tiny turtle” girlfriend over the telephone—even though she’s dying of smoke inhalation—while he’s hanging out with his buddy during Guy’s Night.

Closing the show on a high note, three nurturing women just can’t take “no” for an answer while playing the game show Can You Save Him. When faced with a loser of a boyfriend, ladies, the answer is always “no!”

The end of a Wrong House sketch show is never really the end, though, because after this fabulous crew takes their bows to the hoots and hollers of the audience, the stage becomes a bar and dance floor with cheap drinks, good music and the kind of energy you find at a house party where everybody knows everyone and knows how to have a good time.


Andrew Andrews attended Sketchy Spring at TADA! Youth Theater Third Floor in Manhattan on Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.