Charlotte Squawks is one big city-wide inside joke and everyone should get in on it

Charlotte Squawks is one big city-wide inside joke and everyone should get in on it
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Charlotte Squawks, an annual song and dance comedy sketch reviewing the city’s biggest headlines, kicked off its 17-show 2015 season earlier this month and I went Friday night and freaking love it. It’s like SNL, The Daily Show and a city-wide Comedy Central Roast all rolled into one.

Charlotte Squawks

Headlined by my beloved public radio morning talk show host Mike Collins (big fan), the 2-hour, 26-song show remixes popular music with hyperlocal lyrics that poke fun at everything (and everyone) from Restaurant Week and The Panthers to Speed Street, our impending I-77 tolls and that little transgender bathroom debate.

Charlotte Squawks 2015

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Of course not even Governor Pat McCrory, who was in attendance Friday night, escaped mention. In fact, he plays himself in a series of pre-recorded Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial parodies wherein he drives through the streets of Charlotte waxing on poetically to himself. It’s so funny.

Charlotte Squawks 2015

My biggest complaint about the show is that I can’t access it online after the fact to share links to the best performances. I suppose that’s the whole point of live theatre, but seriously… the material is viral gold and needs to be streamed online. They’d reach a whole new market. My friend Jen and I noted we were among the youngest in the audience by about 20 years and yet we are very much the target market for this.

So twenty- and thirty-somethings of Charlotte, get to this show. They might be making fun of you or your job or your favorite event and you don’t even know it.

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