In one segment of Lost Moon Radio's new sketch comedy show, Science and Technology, iPhone-addicted men and women flail around the stage, caught in the throes of their text, tweet, and Instagram addiction. “Our lives are better!” they proclaim.
In this lively send-up of all things science, the four-year-old troupe turns its satirical eye on cancer researchers, the paranormal, and Charles Darwin’s dedication to the natural world, among other subjects. Structured like a radio program, the show follows the shenanigans of a DJ who’s besotted with conspiracy theories and has been receiving on-air death threats amid a freak electrical storm. Between musings, the DJ plays “tracks” comprised of live comedy sketches, original rock songs (Lost Moon Radio comes with its own band), and, of course, commercials.
“We love radio," says Lauren Ludwig, Lost Moon Radio’s artistic director. "It’s a medium that is so under-appreciated but has endured for so long. We love the idea of a host who can jump from sketches to songs without much connective material.”
Founded in 2009 with a cast of eight, the troupe has grown to include 15 members and has been winning over fans at clubs like Spaceland and the Avalon. The last two years, Lost Moon Radio also won “best in comedy” at The Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tonight through Sunday, they'll be performing at Café Club Fais Do-Do. Along with live shows they now do a monthly podcast, shoot occasional music videos, and have recorded several comedy albums that feature their most popular sketches: a gangsta rap about wine country, a catty dramatization of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Science and Technology finds cast members asking – and answering – soul-searching questions: What’s taking researchers so long to find a cure for cancer? (They’re kicking back in the lab, frittering away their funding on bottles of booze.) Should we buy a 4D T.V. when it inevitably rolls off the assembly line? (Probably not.) What could be better than the life of a naturalist? (“Opium addict,” suggests a disillusioned Charles Darwin.)
The show is taut and energetic, with actors flowing from comedy to song so seamlessly you might not notice them changing costumes on stage. Chances are you’ll probably notice the alien body probe – probably.