Catch the Habit Comedy Troupe at the Bathhouse Theater This Weekend Only
Acclaimed five-man sketch comedy group the Habit caps off its three-week tour at the Bathhouse Theater tonight with “The Habit 14.” If you haven’t seen them before, check out these reviews:
“…one of the best and consistently awesome comedy troupes in town” Broadwayworld.com
“The trick, as in their past 13 collections of sketch comedy, is for The Habit to circle back again—and again—to a joke. It’s as if the remote control keeps returning to the same cop show, only now the episode is running in reverse, or all the characters are woodland animals, or they’re speaking Esperanto.” – Seattle Weekly.com
If you are already a fan, get ready for the group’s fastest-paced show ever, with 30 sketches packed into 70 minutes.
The group, which has sold out every show for the last two years, is known for smart, irreverent comedy served up at Autobahn speeds. “If you pay attention you’ll get more and more of the jokes,” says producer/actor/writer Mark Siano. He sees their niche as “silly and clever,” and accessible for anyone – sort of gateway theater or people not quite ready for David Mamet. Having a drink beforehand helps too, he says.
Unlike improv, these shows are highly choreographed, with the sketches woven together like a tapestry, or in this case, more like a crazy quilt made, perhaps, by hip but tripping grandmas. In this show, affordable apartments are hotter than the sex, and cultural critiques fire in every direction.
The group, with Siano, is made up of Ryan Dobosh, John Osebold, David Swidler and Luke Thayer, none of whom are grandmas. They discovered a shared love of comedy doing an open-format cabaret show called “Theater Dangerously” at the University of Washington, and have been officially performing together since 1999, and at the Bathhouse since 2001.
“The Bathhouse is our favorite venue,” Siano says. Besides its picturesque setting and convenient location, “It seats 170, but feels like a 50-seat theater.”
Tickets were selling so well this year that a second show was added for tonight.
The last show is tonight, Sunday November 30 8pm
Tickets are available for $19 at Brown Paper Tickets
Ages 14 and up recommended