The number of ways that comedy can be packaged is mind-blowing when you think about it. There's sketch comedy, improv, stand-up, sitcom, Glenn Beck there is virtually no limit to how the outlandish, the absurd and the hilarious can be dealt out to the masses. Broken Lizard has long recognized this fact, and has become a successful franchise by taking their five-person sketch comedy routines and turning them into cultural phenomena. Their movies, often based on sketches, defy expectations and have allowed the troupe members to forge careers as directors and writers, further spreading the reach of their comedic empire. Super Troopers, Club Dread and Beerfest may not have been huge box-office smashes, but they've attained cult status, which I think means that they sold a lot of DVDs. And most of the guys I know think that those movies are totally hilarious. The films are a beer-soaked, pot-smoked paean to ridiculousness that appeal equally to potheads and frat boys and, as a result, seem to be frequent and overriding topics of conversation at the Barley House. Broken Lizard's principals bring their comedy to you in its original format when they perform live at the historic Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Sat., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., 2009