Afro-Futurism is a comedy show that includes sketches, standup, improv, and singing. The first standup comedian asks if there are any out of towners in the audience. A few girls in the front row say they are from Nebraska. “Whoa, that is a very white town!” These are also the same girls that went up the wrong way on the escalator before the show!
Later on, they play an improv game called 4-square that consists of four scenes based on audience suggestions. Someone’s suggestion is ‘x-rated’. This idea is rejected, as there are kids in the audience tonight. The first scene takes place in a candy shop and begins with one of the actors seductively licking a lollypop. “The way you are licking that is x-rated!” The audience cracks up at this perfect callback. To the prompt “Name a Time Period”, someone yells “Reconstruction!” The actor says, “Thank God I’m a white man, because no matter what time period it is, I’m good!” It’s quite clear they didn’t realize that Reconstruction generally refers to the period in United States history immediately following the Civil War. During this time period, the federal government set the conditions that would allow the rebellious Southern states back into the Union. But that didn’t matter, it was still hilarious. Additionally, there was a great scene between a priest and a nun where it seemed like things were about to get physical.
There were also a few funny songs. One of them is sung in a John Legend style about his white friends. They like to use the n-word when he isn’t around. The song then invites a white person in the front row to say the word. He puts the microphone down towards him and just as he is about to speak, he pulls it back. “That what guy was just about to say n*&%!”
Catch Afro-Futurism at Second City on Tuesdays until July 19th!