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Killing My Lobster: For the Very First Time 

Wednesday, Nov 21 2007
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I've got no shame in admitting I've always had big fat crushes on all the ladies of Killing My Lobster. They're hip, funny, and undeniably charismatic, which is all kinds of sexy in my book. So given that they've been around for ten years, it's about time they did an all-female show. KML alum Shaye Troha takes the directorial reins for the first time and has narrowed down more than 80 original sketches to 15 for this show. The theme is "first times," and the short sketches include the first time an alien eats a bagel, the first woman president, and the first man ever shot by a cowboy. Unfortunately, much like a Saturday Night Live episode, some scenes kill, while plenty of others fall flat and feel unfinished. The Spice Girls–esque singing numbers, accompanied by a funkified live band of guys in drag, are hilarious. The sleepover party playing with a Ouija board and the girls farting in an elevator are also classics. But given the talent these women, along with their troupe, have shown in the past, this show should be nonstop laughter, and while often very funny, For the Very First Time doesn't quite get there.

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