Astronomers count the Aurigid meteor shower as one of the rarest occurring in our galaxy. Every two thousand years it lights up the sky with an excess of 200 hundred shooting stars. Comedy lovers are beginning to take note of one of the rarest occurrences in their orbit, a unique sketch comedy troupe known as “Slow Children Crossing”. This five man band is trailblazing the continent with their brand of take-no-prisoners humor. Since 2006, the Los Angeles sketch comedy scene has been abuzz about this amazing configuration of talent. It all started when Brett Butler, fresh off his stint from “Sealab: 2021”, the Adult Swim cartoon with the cult-like following, was looking for a new vehicle. New to the Los Angeles comedy scene, he enlisted the help of his fellow barfly Alem Sapp (“How High”); a veteran of the LA theatre scene. “I knew I wanted a group that went against the status quo”, says Butler, who had worked in New York City with several other groups. In their search for like-minded talents they discovered Destini Meshack (BET’s “Played by Fame”), Tiffany Thomas (“The Boondocks”), and Saudia Rashed (“The New Guy”). The chemistry was instant. They began with a spot dates along L.A’s theatre row - and it wasn’t long before the Comedy Central bigwigs invited them to perform a sold out show at the popular “Comedy Central Stage” at the Hudson. Shortly thereafter, they hit the comedy festival circuit (Seattle Sketch Fest, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas). Their stint at the Montreal Sketch Festival (SCC’s first international performance) was sold out a week after tickets went on sale! Critics & audiences alike cite the group’s electric energy, and their willingness to make fun of the world and themselves as the main attraction. One such audience member, award-winning French filmmaker, Maya Schweizer, was so entranced; she made them the subject of her 2009 film “Before the Rehearsal”. Politics, race, sex, slavery, celebrities; no topic is left untouched when these comic scientists are in the lab. SCC is constantly employing different mediums and venues as conduits for their chicanery. Besides their widely viewed YouTube page, Facebook fans, and their own website, they are in talks to launch a reality show; and are presently creating “SCCTV”: webisodes mixed with live and filmed material; all laced with what they call, “Inappropriate humor for all”. With these comedic tools in their arsenal, Slow Children Crossing will be just as hard to ignore as an Aurigid meteor shower.
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