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.
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.
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.
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.