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Vaudeville at the Speakeasy 

When: Fri., April 22 2011

Benny Hill meets Hee Haw tonight in Ohio City, as local vaudevillians Pinch (Jason Tilk) and Squeal (Danielle Muad'Dib) serve up a hilariously tasteless helping of bawdy entertainment, complete with ukuleles, accordions, and dirty ditties. Squeal, whose background is in musical theater, credits Groucho Marx and other "bottom-rung" humorists for inspiring the duo's repertoire of bad jokes, worse magic, and lame acrobatics. Still, the past year has seen an upsurge in their bookings, sending them to gigs across the Midwest, including one at House of Blues in Chicago. "With the economy so bad and people feeling so blue," Squeal says, "it seems like everybody is just looking for a little lighthearted entertainment." Joining the dirty duo will be New York-based ragtime pianist, poet, and joke teller Sabrina Chap ("She's like Phyllis Diller with a keyboard!") and the HilarAtease, a quartet of fan-dancing beauties from Squeal's own burlesque school. It all happens tonight at 10 p.m. at the Speakeasy, at 1948 West 25th St. below the Bier Markt. Admission at the door is $5. "Just look for the feathers and the snakes." — Elaine T. Cicora


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