If you’re looking for something new to do downtown of a Friday night, you won’t do much better than the Loose Tiles improv comedy show at Club 21, where for a $5 cover and one-drink minimum you’re guaranteed a few good laughs and, should you feel the need, another drink.
Loose Tiles is a project of members of the Mosaic Stage Company, Ashe County’s new community theater troupe. The show gave its inaugural performance Friday, featuring eight actors doing scenes and sketches familiar to anyone who watched the popular improv comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”
The Tile’s put on a good show their first time out, doing justice to some tried-and-true shortform improv games. Their comic flavor is that brand of late-night, non-sequitur absurdity for which beer and chicken wings are the best pairing — try the teriyaki.
The show is peppered with daft one-liners. The “Questions Only” scene rambled from “Where are my abs?” to “Would you like me to be the man?” ending with “Can we use a diagram?”
Quote of the evening: “So I just lit a cigarette, walked inside and let that hot dog burn.”
One scene was applauded by an audience member for having “made a UNC basketball game interesting” — a rave review, indeed.
The troupe does a G-rated, child-friendly set at 7 p.m., followed by an adult set at 9 p.m..
The R-rated act features bawdy humor and innuendo in quantity, but nothing more offensive than Comedy Central minus the bleeps. The Tiles keep the blue knob dialed comfortably between turquoise and indigo; you can bring your grandmother to this show, provided your grandmother appreciates an off-color joke.
(Disclaimer: the easily-offended may squirm a bit during the ‘creepy Uncle Chris’ sketch.)
Club 21 — also know as the upstairs bar at Blackjack’s — will host Loose Tiles every Friday this season. Admission for children is just three dollars, and a “pay-what-you-can” cover is offered to those who show their EBT card.