There's something very funny happening on Lankershim Boulevard. It's called "Acme Muu-Muus and Girl Drinks." The title is explained in the opening number of the current Acme Comedy Theatre show, which goes on to describe, with tongue in cheek, the plight of one panicky passenger when the other tourists on a crashed flight to Hawaii decide they're hungry.
That's an example of the invention of this group, which writes its own material, and the members' sometimes surrealistic approach to comedy. Most of their sketches are based on a normal situation, for a moment. Then their imagination takes flight, their facility with character-based comic dialogue leads the audience into irresistible traps of oddball hilarity.
Their writing is mostly on target, but when a gag needs it, their delivery saves the day. Most expert at this is Lisa Malone, who could probably read a database manual and get laughs. She makes a joy of an old woman waiting for her VCR to work, a name actress taking her first acting lesson, and tops off her impressive array of characters with a dead-on impression of Tyne Daly presenting an Oscar.
Everyone is bright, and funny, and no one misses a moment that can be twisted into a laugh. James Wickline also stands out with his calm approach--he's the gentle takeoff of Steve Allen presenting the award with Daly--and he, Malone and Marc Drotman have the evening's most impressive sketch, Malone's satire on an after-school special, about a student who's "different."