An evening at UCB.
On Friday, October 23, UCB Chelsea hosted one of their funniest improv performances: “Improvised Seinfeld.” To start off, a member of the audience yelled out a topic, in this case being the Mets World Series, and then the cast of talented improv actors made an entire Seinfeld episode based off of that topic. Right off the bat these actors immersed themselves in the concept of Seinfeld by immediately having Noah Forman play Jerry Seinfeld and go into a standalone standup comedy act that is extremely resemblant of how Jerry started off the show talking about the oddest of topics and essentially ranting about it. And Noah’s Seinfeld impression was spot on, picking up the subtle nuances of how Seinfeld spoke and performed on the show.
The scene started off with Jerry asking George, who apparently works for the Yankees, for Mets tickets. George, played by Dru Johnston, reacted in what can only be described as a “George Costanza overreaction” saying that it was impossible to get him those tickets. And Jerry obviously refused and insisted that he ask around his office for it. Meanwhile, Kramer, played by Michael Antonucci, barges in and talks about his new obsession with chewing tobacco and how it is practically the best thing to ever happen to him. And obviously Elaine, played by Cathryn Mudon, comes into play where she complained about going on a second date with her cousin. Long story short, Elaine keeps dating her cousin because he seems so well off financially, Jerry and George go to the World Series but Jerry has to pretend he is blind, and Kramer has been chewing Dr. Scholls shoe goo instead of chewing tobacco.
What was so great about this show was that each actor was believable with what character they were playing. Kramer was neurotic and all over the place, Jerry was fun and lighthearted, George was a nervous mess, and Elaine was snarky and over the top. One thing that has to be said though is that Cathryn completely embodied Elaine. It was like watching Julia Louis Dreyfus herself perform on stage. Even the little parts like the sound the show makes when it transitions scenes was there and in its entirety the show was enjoyable, funny, and transported you to 1990 Seinfeld during its peak years.
After “Improvised Seinfeld” was over, the next part of the show titled “Trump Dump: President Luxury” entertained the crowd. It was created by Anthony Atamanuik. Essentially the premise behind this is that Trump (played by Atamanuik) is one and a half years into his term as President of the United States and he is giving a luxurious speech from the East Room of the White House. He updates America on the newest laws and constitutional changes as well as speaking about the infamous Hunt for Rosie O’Donnell. This entire show was hilarious. Tears will fall from your eyes without a doubt. From the impression to the hair, everything was Trump, but in a funnier equally as douchey fashion.
Trump started going after everyone from the very beginning, starting his speech with how he banned corn and dropped Iowa from the Union just because in reality Trump dropped to #2 in the polls with Carson in the lead. Under his “regime” Carly Fiorina is the official White House horse and he goes on to say that he never would’ve won the election if it weren’t for his appearance on SNL. Some of the announcements that Trump decided to share was that he added a new state for immigrants located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s called ”The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Trump also announced his new plan for anchor babies which sounds all nice and friendly but in actuality he would bronze young immigrants and attach them to ships as their anchors.
The show then switched to a segment where the audience could ask Trump any question they wanted and the questions ranged from gun control to 9/11. As far as gun control went, Trump said, and I quote “guns are important. You shoot them, they kill people.” And when asked about the 9/11 memorial he only had to say that he felt bad for Saddam Hussain for being framed for it when in fact, Jeb Bush admitted that he and his brother George were behind 9/11 the whole time. Trump also replaced the Supreme Court and making it a newer and fresher version of Shark Tank with Mr. Wonderful as Chief Justice. It is also important to note that Bethenny Frankel is the Secretary of Defense because she is “crazy and will nuke everyone.”
But the best part of the show was the “Hunt for Rosie O’Donnell.” Trump has been after, “this big bag a flesh filled with diarrhea” ever since he was elected into office, but she has been elusive until now. She hid in the Catskill Mountains for a few days but they finally found her outside a Sbarro where she was therefore blown up by a missile. Trump then ended by using the nuclear codes to blow everyone up so he would be the last standing President in history, thereby ending “Trump Dump.”
This show was pure genius and had everybody laughing with how ridiculous the ideas were. These are things Trump would actually do and say. There are several more shows of Trump Dump coming out so be sure to check them out and get your tickets as soon as possible.