Whether they are crooning a love ballad to Chipotle’s burritos or asking the essential cosmic questions, such as “How come all the addicts on ‘Intervention’ have better apartments than me?,” the irreverent invaders from Chicago’s Second City are hitting so many comic nails on the head they could be up on the stage assembling a McMansion.
Of all the satirical revues that Woolly Mammoth Theatre has been host to over the years, this visit by the Second City is, hands down, the funniest. It was only two years ago that several members of this celebrated comedy collective descended on Woolly for an evening that was, well, a tickle in a very minor key. That show, “Barack Stars,” felt as if it were trying too hard not to offend, and the follow-up last year, “A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics,” was received in these pages with even less enthusiasm.
Now the troupe comes majorly roaring back, with a new cast, far more imaginatively cutting material — and even a niftier title. “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies” effectively demonstrates why this troupe is a veritable Comstock Lode of comic ingenuity, the uproarious mining operation that over the years produced the likes of Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.