What does one do about an impending apocalypse?
If you’re at the Brave New Workshop, the answer, as always, is you give it a slap, a tickle, a wink, and then you laugh yourself to death.
Well, not literally.
But, almost. In their “Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome,” the humor is decidedly grown up (a running joke, a staple of the Brave New Workshop’s performances, has to do with an astronaut’s docking maneuver, and it’s not quite what you think), and the audience is drawn into the action, as is Brave New Workshop’s wont.
Of course, as with all parody and satire, it’s best to be familiar with the “Mad Max” movie franchise, and in particular the newest installment, “Fury Road,” to get all the jokes, but even if you don’t know a thing about it, the show still will tickle your funny bone.
Taj Ruler, Heather Meyer, Ryan Nelson, Tom Reed, and Bobby Gardner are the troupe members who offer up the typically topical series of skits, which are as raunchy as one would expect from a comedy company who specializes in turning almost every double entendre into a single-pointed punchline.
Issues of gender, same sex marriage, and, as Brave New Workshop would have it, important questions such as, “Where does personal freedom begin and end?” “Why do we look to celebrities instead of scientists for information?” “Could you take a look at this rash on our leg?” are all tackled.
It all sounds like a lot of silliness, and it is, but what isn’t silly is the art and craft of turning even the most trivial details from today’s headlines into masterful comedic brushstrokes.
So, if you’re going to skip the fireworks this year, head over to Brave New Workshop. Heaven knows, there will be plenty explosions of laughter going on there.
The show runs through Aug.1.