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Mary Kay Has A Posse keeps the laughs coming

Improv troupe reunites for Piccolo Fringe

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If you can picture the cast of The View as a pack of drunk Southern belles, then you have a pretty good idea of what the ladies in Mary Kay Has a Posse are like. With "spiked" coffee in hand, the ladies of the Posse perform long-form sketch improv which mocks the morning talk-show inspired format.

While discussing current pop culture, not to mention their lives and the lives of the audience, the Posse Talk gals jump from one topic to the next, playing off one another's ridiculous comments until the audience is bellowing with laughter. At Wednesday night's opening performance, the girls discussed the power of Botox — not only can it banish wrinkles, but it can paralyze unruly children — how getting cocktails with the girls counts as running an errand, and the question of who should get rights to the internet now that Al and Tipper Gore have separated.

During the opening segment, the women found out a little bit about their audience, which of course they used in subsequent jokes. Asking if there were any out-of-towners in the audience, two groups, representing Winston-Salem and Clemson, were brave enough to speak up.

Everything from the first segment was used as material in the sketches of the second. The women took on the roles of two star-crossed, Amish lovers from Winston-Salem, who are seduce by crystal meth during a year-long sabbatical. Other choice characters included a group of 80-year-old swingers, Justin Bieber-loving Clemson alumns, and a mom versus daughter fight over Team Edward or Team Jacob.

The Posse, which has been impressing Piccolo Fringe fans for years, opened their first show of the 2010 festival in the same raucous manor followers have come to expect. Guests laughed for nearly the entire duration of the hour-long performance, even if they were the butt of the jokes — some perhaps laughed harder at their own expense.

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