Hot Sauce

Fri. Jan. 16, 8 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 17, 9:30 p.m.


Charleston Ballet Theatre

Hot Sauce comes out of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. Ben Schwartz (center), the group’s ringleader, has also written sketches for the Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken. During last year’s Comedy Fest, expectations ran high.

Things went well until Hot Sauce’s bit about dead celebrities. They were making a joke about the so-called authority of tabloid Us Weekly and how celebrities had “really” died that year — talk-show legend Tom Snyder had died from a DVD to the skull, for instance, while Evel Knievel died from a ball of cotton to the head.

Then Schwartz turned to the Bible. “You’ve heard of the Bible, right?”

“Full of shit” was the response from his compatriot on stage.

Then the sound of silence. “Are you still with us?” Schwartz asked.

He nervously explained that “by comparing Us Weekly to the Bible, we’re trying to show just how not authoritative Us Weekly is.” Later, he promised no more Bible jokes. “You’re in the South,” a drunken voice rang out. Hot Sauce will remember that this time. As for Evel Knievel? Well …

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