Frolicking to Charleston from the rolling hills of verdant North Carolina, comedy troupe SENIOR PGA are set to perform at Theatre 99 on Saturday. Their storied history is as follows: after graduating from college, Zach Ward and Jeremy McDonald came to the shocking realization that they were technically the veterans of the Chapel Hill comedy scene. Hence the name SENIOR PGA — emphasis on the senior, and not so much the golf.
They begin their shows by collecting the audience’s iPods, then holding a vote to see whose iPod they’ll pick (usually the one with the most embarrassing collection). They then take a randomly selected song from the top 25 most played songs, and use it as an inspiration for long form improv comedy.
“We take the energy of the song and deconstruct the details of the lyrics,” says Ward. “Each show ... feels completely different because of the music. One show we got a song that was in French, and we had to literally interpret the song using basically just the tempo as a guide.” Ward and McDonald plan to get audience members up on stage for an improvisational encore set that will last for around half an hour. —P.M. Bernstein