CIC Solo Series | Comedy Review
Connor Tillman in yellow, shorty-shorts scooting around on roller-skates (not blades but skates) as part of a “talent show” for his family gets the funny rolling in Hello, World – It's Me, Connor!, his new solo show at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. Part of CIC’s Solo Series – sharing billing with Dan Bazaldua – Tillman’s show is a mix of impersonations (Hugh Jackman as an OBGYN was my favorite) and quirky observations like someone reacting to their first time in the animatronic world known as Rainforest Café.
At-times Hello, World seemed a little disjointed, l wanted to see something tying the sketches together a little more concretely, but Tillman is such a likable performer that this slightly scattered-brained approach doesn’t take away from the laughs and sometimes actually adds to them. With an easy, every-man type quality, Tillman can make even a personified tree who just finds everything “so heavy” into a memorable bit.
“No Sinatra, you’re being a [redacted],” says Dan Bazaldua doing an impersonation of Luciano Pavarotti during karaoke in Bazaldua’s solo show Hollywood Moonlight, the second part of the night. Moonlight is like an old-Hollywood where are they now, the structure being a reporter profiling a man who had small parts in famous movies like Casablanca but who never made it big. Bazaldua’s storytelling is really clever and I liked how he used props and costume changes to embody characters like Jimmy Stewart. As the story unfolds, Balzaldua weaves a narrative that is both funny and touching in the way it comments on friendship and, well, mortality. There is also a musical-loving security guard who happens to be a hand puppet, and that’s always a good time.
CIC's Solo Series with Connor Tillman and Dan Bazaldua runs Fridays at 8PM until April 19th. Tickets are $10, CIC is located at 1422 W Irving Park Road.