In a clever bit of self-reference, singer-songwriter and Denver native Jill Sobule opens the Jill and Julia Show with the story in song form, of course of her first awkward meeting with comic and Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeney. Clearly a mismatched pair from the start, the laid-back-musician-plus-hyper-comedian duo have parleyed their complementary talents into a stage show that's not quite like any in recent memory.
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As Sobule strums an acoustic guitar and sweetly sings her stinging little barbs of social satire, Sweeney whose monologue and live DVD, Letting Go of God, brought her lots of attention over the past few years laces the spoken-sung numbers with breathless yet charming diatribes against things like bad new-age books, Oprah, and organized religion. But rather than coming across as abrasive, the two whip up a warmth and easygoing self-deprecation that feels more like an intimate living-room chat with harmonies and gorgeous guitar-playing, of course.
The Jill and Julia Show takes place tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street; admission is $35. For tickets and info, call 303-293-0075 or visit www.lannies.com.
June 25-26, 8 p.m., 2010