Another Night of Comedy with AKT!
I walked into an auditorium filled to the edges with happy people waiting for the show to start. The chatter in the room swelled, then began to die down as the two newest members of comedy group Awkward Kids Talking (AKT) ran onto the stage, causing an eruption of applause and shouts from the audience.
The scene began in a tattoo parlor, with one performer writing her name on the other. Then, slowly, the other members of AKT appeared in the audience and pointed at different people asking, “what happens next?” This allowed the audience to participate with the performers by controlling the outcome of the scene.
They then began with a game called “First Line and Last Line,” where the audience gave the first and last lines of a scene, and the performers filled in the rest of the act. It began with the line “This spaghetti is way too hot!”
The scene continued with a mother-daughter relationship, which lasted for serval minutes, starting at the dinner table and progressing into the daughter’s birthday, which resulted in the mother gifting a self-portrait of herself to her daughter. The scene ended with the daughter describing the painting in absurd detail and the mother finally asking: “What about the eyes?” This scene created a funny undertone in a different way, as the mother was played by one of the boys in the group, which mixed the standard gender roles.
AKT then began another game, called “Three Way.” In this game, there were three people, with one person in the middle who was in both scenes. One half of the stage turned into a Taco Bell, while the other turned into a prison cell. They began in the Taco Bell, where the two performers pretended to be in a relationship and discussed the problems they were having from cheating on the other person.
The scene then switched to the prison, where they were trading “lightly used tissues” for face masks. When the scenes merged in the end, the person in the middle confessed her secrets to her Taco Bell lover, admitting she was seeing two other people because they would cover themselves in taco seasonings for her.
Suddenly, her friend from the prison burst in, proclaiming she had unfinished business with her which is never actually described. With an overturned table and chair, the scene ended with plenty of audience laughter.
The night continued with the full cast of AKT pulling silly scenes out of the air, making the audience laugh so much that at times, it was hard to hear what the performers were saying. The night ended with the same scene they had started with, back in the tattoo parlor, one performer writing her name across the other person’s body, bringing the whole outstanding act full circle.