Written by John Watters February 03, 2012
Where all the flakes are on the stage
If you’re getting a wee bit tired of hanging around the house on Saturday night, you might want to check out the annual winter entertainment series at the Cape Codder Resort on Route 132 in Hyannis. It’s three solid months of assorted Friday and Saturday night comedy shows, hypnotists, magicians, musical reviews and interactive theater. The performers are all nationally and regionally known entertainers, and the evening’s package can be combined with a very nice buffet dinner for a complete night out.
Last Saturday, the Cape Codder hosted the hilariously funny World Gone Crazy Band in their Emerald Room nightclub. WGCB is the perfect high-energy mix of music and comedy, relishing making fun of the hot topics in the news.
Led by drummer and producer Gary Marino, with guitarist Peter Rebel, Zanna on keyboards, and singing comedian Michael Coleman fronting, the band put on a raucous 90-minute rock/comedy show that had the audience in stitches throughout the night.
WGCB’s act features song parodies, humorous takes on commercials, singing impressions and lots more. The clear-cut leader is Coleman, who proves he has the chops to be a bona fide comedian par excellence. Coleman has the ability to mug with an expressive comical face that sometimes is enough by itself to put a smile on your face. When combined with his quick wit and singing talent, he soon has you laughing while trying to hang on every word of his fast-paced repartee. His humor is a mix of impressions, ventriloquism, slapstick and wit.
Coleman starts the evening off with his Ha Ha Blues Song, in which he laughs his way through a blues standard. He then switches to ventriloquism; with a big smile and his lips not moving (much) he welcomes everybody to an evening of fun.
Coleman does a priceless impression of ‘60s rocker Jim Morrison of the Doors singing nursery rhymes. He does Sean Connery singing Aerosmith. Particularly funny are his garbled impressions of many aged rockers performing on The Miracle Ear’s Incoherent Tour.
WGCB pokes fun of everything from Depends diapers to erectile dysfunction to the Taliban. Their ending tune, “Stairway to 7 – 11,” which might not be quite so politically correct, is incredibly funny.