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Piccolo Fringe: Cook County Social Club 

When: Fri., June 4, 10:30-11:30 p.m., Sat., June 5, 7-8 p.m. and Sun., June 6, 5-6 p.m. 2010
Price: $16/advance, $15/door
www.piccolospoleto.com

This veteran foursome dominates the Chicago improv scene with a brand of bold, high-energy improv with varying speeds like an elite-racing car. Part of Piccolo Fringe at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

They have an inferiority complex
Last time Cook County Social Club was in Charleston during January's Comedy Fest, they questioned our true feelings when we ran into them at the L'After Party. Apparently, our smartassery confused them, and they weren't sure if we liked them. Well, we do. Cook County Social Club, we believe you are some funny dudes. Welcome back

They're Chi-town champs
The four-man troupe is one of the headlining acts at Chicago's iO Theatre. The Chicago Reader says, "Their dark, flamboyant comic sensibilities clearly aligned, they orchestrate black-comedy vignettes tethered to richly odd characters."

Watch your back
You may have seen them every time they've come to town, but you'll never get a repeat performance. That's the obvious nature of improv, but Cook County takes it up a notch. They might plant someone in the crowd to pose as an obnoxious (and disabled) audience member. They might take to the stage in tighty-whities and wrestling masks and get uncomfortably close to audience members.

— Erica Jackson
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