New York City’s Chicago City Limits improvisational comedy troupe visited town on Saturday night for a Wellesley Rotary Club fundraiser, and the performers didn’t fail to weave Wellesley into the act.
In fact, there was even one bit during which a performer sang something along the lines of “Wellesley’s a nice place, but not so Swellesley on the inside.”
During a sketch modeled after American Idol, audience members shouted out suggested song topics, and Wellesley restaurant Blue Ginger might like to know that someone uttered its name. The next thing you know, a performer was bellowing the lyrics Blue Ginger over and over in a Jazz arrangement. Unfortunately, she got booted off the show.
During a Jeopardy-like game in which audience members yelled out the answers and the performers made up the questions, Lake Waban (translated as Lake WaBAM!) was presented as one of the answers. One contestant guessed “What is the 2nd worst name of any lake [next to a somewhat NSFW one]?” The next contestant guessed “What is Wile E. Coyote’s summer getaway spot?” And the third contestant, playing off of another Jeopardy category of “Serial Killers,” guessed correctly with “Where are Ted Cruz and his victims buried at the bottom of?”
The Rotary filled Wellesley College’s Alumnae Hall for the event, and also took the opportunity to announce various award winners. These included Wellesley High’s Hannah Nemmers, who will be going to school in France as part of a Rotary exchange program; Wellesley Middle School’s Amanda Forte, Angela Hemmerle and Lydia Carr, who wrote contest-winning essays; and the Interact program for promoting Adolescent Wellness. WHS’s Nicole Frontero, one of the Interact participants, also took part in a skit onstage during which she got to imitate her dad’s dance moves. Probably a good thing he wasn’t there for that and that taking videos wasn’t allowed…