At the Feral Chihuahuas’ Awards Show Show, performed last weekend at NC Stage, the local sketch comedy troupe spoofed Oscars-type productions while scooping up a number of honors (aka Chihuascars) themselves.
Of course, it helped that all of the categories at The Awards Show Show, such as “Best Chihuahua in a film” were slanted in their favor. Then again, with the comedy troupe’s wild creativity, high energy, occasional raunchiness and stellar videos, they deserved the sweep.
Dressed in an array of tacky wigs and crazy costumes, the Chihuahuas portrayed characters like Awards Show presenter Leo Petroglyphs, Constable Gundy: Victorian Copper, and the Punch Dancing Fly. The production was, in a way, a best-of round up, recapping the Chihuahuas’ pranks and feats of athletic prowess. And dress-wearing. And facial hair.
There was even an award for most offensive skit (if “Blew-Man Audition” didn’t win, it should have), and an audience vote (by text, during intermission). Chihuahua Adam Myer won that popular vote, but it was a close contest. Recalling, at turns, Saturday Night Live and Monty Python, The Feral Chihuahuas are dependably smart, unexpected and boundary pushing (try to watch the surprisingly feminist “Vagina Congress” without laughing).
This year marks the 10th anniversary for the comedy troupe. Watch for a special milestone show in November.