BEST THEATER FOR COMEDY - 2004
Bryant Lake Bowl
One should never count out the yuk-yuk progeny of Aristophanes from Brave New Workshop, Comedy Sportz, or Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe. But the Bryant-Lake Bowl remains our favorite spot for left-of-center comedy. The Scrimshaw Brothers regularly bring their brainy satire and shameless silliness to the BLB's tiny stage, and Joshua Scrimshaw's moonlighting gig with David Mann and Craig Johnson in The Worst Holiday Pageant Ever was funnier than an eggnog dunk tank. Our absolute favorite BLB show of the past year, though, was Crab Apple Theater's Good Clown, Bad Clown, Mark Ehling's dry, strange, and often-uproarious collection of scenes about the joyous, dangerous, hardscrabble existence of professional harlequins.