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I Eat Pandas (and so can you!)

I Eat Pandas
Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m.; $12.50; Theatre 99; www.ieatpandas.com

I Eat Pandas does what it takes Andrew Lloyd Webber years to do: create a musical from start to finish all in the course of an evening. One hour, three mini-musicals, lots of laughs. That's what you'll get from co-stars Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner. And you thought Evita was off the chain.

The group formed in 2003 after taking second place in a three-on-three improv competition at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. After receiving a standing ovation, they've continued the show ever since.

"The stories are generally peppered with heartwarming songs like 'Being a Ballerina Is Fucking Hard,' 'My Mother Made Me This Costume (But I Wanted to Be an Astronaut)' and 'Everyone I Work with Has Mustaches," says Skinner.

Timeless classics the whole family will love.

You might have heard McMurray's voice before. She has also done a lot of voice-over work, including commericials for Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons.

It's a voice you can trust.

The lure of the musical comedy genre — as any fan knows — comes from the sheer audacity of an actor to stop action and break into song. This is I Eat Pandas' expertise. "You will get insane absurdity, but you will also get heartstring-tugging honesty," Skinner says. "And probably some rap. Glennis is very good at rap."

"It's true. I'm very good at rap," McMurray says.

2008 Charleston Comedy Festival

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