Unlike the more traditional sketch comedy shows that spring up like mushrooms in your dorm room’s communal shower, "Skits-O" prides itself on being completely "uncensored" (expect nudity) and going after an audience that’s already schooled in sketch comedy conventions. Previous shows have included such works of art as "Brecht-Fast O’s" about the Bolshevik playwright’s foray into General Mill’s territory, and "Crazy Blind Date," which ponders why a woman’s sole role in skits seems to be saying lines like, "That’s horrible! I’m leaving!"
While MOCA or LACMA may be more appropriate first-date territory (unless your date enjoys commentary on dolphin rape), if you have any sense of humor, and want a litmus test of your partner’s, this is the second date. Every once in a while, a production will take place in a theater that somehow transcends the boundaries of the wooden stage and becomes as much a work of art as King Tut’s tomb. Upright Citizen’s Brigade did it. "Mr. Show" did it. And now, "Skits-O-Phrenia" does it. Expect to see its entombed remains in LACMA circa 3005 as evidence of a once-great comedic empire.
The Powerhouse Theatre is located at 3116 2nd Street, in Santa Monica. Price: $11. Show times: July 29, 30 and Aug. 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. For more information, call (310) 396-3680 or visit www.skitsola.com.