The Best of Bri-Ko, playing every Thursday night at Stage 773, lives up to its name. Clowns Brian Posen, Tim Soszko and Brian Peterlin put their energies together to silently answer age-old dilemmas, like how many clowns does it take to change a light bulb? What constitutes work etiquette? How does one make a good meal and serve it up on a date? The way they manage to answer these questions is hilarious, charismatic, full of meaningful eye contact and moments of Buster Keatonesque brilliance and mayhem.
Although their show is wordless, they have mastered comedic timing and built up their character relationships to the point that slapstick is not something they need to lean on to be funny. The cheesy music is loud, the props are plenty, and there are moments of surprise and absurdity that take the show out of the realm of physical theater and touch on performance art. Those moments are what help elevate the performance from just a fun Thursday night sketch show to a more uproarious exploration of possibilities. From the audience perspective, it is as joyously interactive and immersive as comedy can be without requiring them to also cut you a paycheck. This is a must-attend event for out-of-town visitors, any work birthday outings and most first or second dates. Fortunately, you will have plenty of time to see the show, since it runs every Thursday at 8pm until March 23 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets cost $17.50.