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Comedy Wed May 22 2013

3Peat at the Playground: Too Funny to Miss

"If the crowd isn't feelin' you, they're just not feelin' you," Patrick Rowland said when I interviewed him back in August. "All you can do is power through it."

3Peat -- an improv team Rowland is in -- probably won't have to "power through" anything during their Friday night run (through May 31) at The Playground Theater, because they are just that good. But, it's this seasoned mentality that helps make this group so much fun to watch, every.single.time. Made up of Rowland, John Thibodeaux, Nnamdi Ngwe, Nate Sherman, Brianna Baker, and Gary Richardson, 3Peat commits to each other and isn't afraid to take it there, to, you know, get personal.

The way 3Peat gets down is that one of the performers is randomly chosen to tell an IRL story. When I saw the show, Gary Richardson talked about, well, something embarrassing that every middle school boy has probably had happen to him. After the story teller finishes, the remaining members of 3Peat ask questions and let the crowd get in on the action by letting them ask some things too. Then, they do some improv off the story and get it in for the rest of the night.

All of the members of this team are successful (Rowland of Barack all Night, Baker of Bede and Second City, Richardson of Kill All Comedy, etc.) in their own right, and this run has already been crushin' the game. Like, seriously this team is way too funny for you to miss. The show I saw had this sick bit about the "Montel Show" and involved a shirtless property dispute and I mean everybody loves that type of drama.

Instead of spending your next Friday night listening to Whitney Houston extended mixes and watching "Scandal" (like I am prone to do), go check them out. Or regret your missed opportunity to these funny peeps.

3Peat performs Friday nights through May 31 at 10pm, tickest $10. The Playground Theater is located at 3209 N. Halsted St.

photo by: Carol Bontekoe of Colorful Cow Photograph

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