It's time to break out the spiked eggnog again. The Troubadour Theater Company's intensely wacky improvisers, found regularly at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Burbank, are back with their annual Christmas show. "The First Jo-el" combines the giant song catalog of Billy Joel with the greatest story ever told, the birth of that famous baby in a manger in Bethlehem.
One would think after 15 years of the Troubies' special brand of pop culture mash-ups, there would be nothing left to parody or some of the novelty might wear off. But mastermind Matt Walker and his zany cohorts continually find new ways to tinker with their formula.
"The First Jo-el" appears to be based on some uncredited aberration of a Christmas TV Special from the distant past. The fact that Walker wrings so much emotion and comedy from such thin material is further proof their satire machine runs on its own magic fumes now.