The Late Night Players, old Piccolo and Charleston Comedy Festival hands, return to the lower peninsula in a couple of weeks for Theatre 99’s Piccolo Fringe and a quartet of shows at Buxton’s East Bay Theatre. One of the Boston-based sketch comedy outfit’s favorite devices is the anagram, that age-old parlor game in which all the letters of a given word or phrase are rearranged to create a completely different — but often slyly related — word or phrase (i.e. ‘desperation’ = ‘a rope ends it’). LNP are masters of the art form; legend has them spending hours in the bus on the way to shows cooking up variations on host town names, though I wonder why they don’t just go to one of the zillions of automated websites with bots that’ll churn out hundreds at the click of a button. That would take all the art out of the form, I know. But really, those guys are going to have to stop using slide rules and writing checks one of these days.

In any event, the Players are primed and pumped for another Piccolo run. They’ve kindly sent along a teaser video spot to whip up interest in the four shows at Buxton’s. Enjoy, and I’ll give a gold star to him or her that comments with the best anagram of the LPN’s own 16-letter handle (no web bots allowed).

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