'Good Evening!'

Cast members rehearse a scene for "Good Evening!" a revue of classic comedy sketches presented by the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival starting Thursday at the Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. (Mary Stucchi/Courtesy / April 16, 2014)

Among the classic sketches to be performed in Palm Beach Gardens Thursday night is "Germans Who Say Nice Things," in which two men shout pleasantries with thick German accents. Example: "You look beautiful in a tube top!"

The original 1996 bit from "The Dana Carvey Show" starred Carvey and Steve Carell. During Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival's revue "Good Evening!" performers will do their best to channel the panache of these comedians and others at Eissey Campus Theatre.

"We wanted to get the crème de la crème of comedy sketches," says Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival founder Kermit Christman, whose 24-year-old outfit seasonally mounts Shakespeare plays. "We just know the bits we're doing will go over strong because the actors in rehearsal just can't stop laughing."

The cast is composed of members from the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, the improv troupe Cheese and Crackers and the Palm Beach Gardens-based Jove Comedy Experience, Christman says.


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The four-night engagement of 19 classic sketches will invoke bits from Monty Python, "Saturday Night Live" and "The Carol Burnett Show." The event's title is a reference to the 1970s Broadway revues of comedy duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Other sketches include the Monty Python bit "The Four Yorkshiremen," in which dapper gentlemen recall their deprived childhoods with increasing absurdity ("we used to live in a rolled-up newspaper in the middle of a septic tank!"); and "Speech Impodiments" from Cook and Moore, in which a man speaks in incomprehensible sentences, followed by a plea to the audience to "give generously to the Speech Impediment Fund."

"Good Evening!" will premiere 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre, 3160 PGA Blvd., in Palm Beach Gardens. Showtimes are 8 nightly through Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15. Call 561-207-5900 or go to PBShakespeare.org.