18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Bring Comedy to San Diego

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Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. (Michael Palma Photography)

Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. (Michael Palma Photography)

SAN DIEGO — For this year’s Spring Showcase, Pac-Arts is partnering with Mo`olelo to present the San Diego premiere of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors in their latest sketch comedy theatrical show.

Performances are on Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at Ultrastar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100, San Diego. Tickets are $20 general, $16 to $18 for groups of 10 or more that book in advance.

What is 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, you ask? It is like Comedy Central’s Key and Peele if they were Asian Americans. It’s like “Saturday Night Live” would be if they ever hired Asian Americans. It’s like “Mad TV” if Bobby Lee was every member of the cast. Okay, so now you get the picture — it’s comedy with an Asian American flair.

And there’s lots to laugh about when it comes to Asians. The Warriors comic duo of Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe (and special guest stars Jully Lee and Albert Park) probe and sniff along the Pacific Rim for the funniest topics.

Together since 1994, the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors have performed from New York to Los Angeles, from Hong Kong to Vancouver. They were named by The San Francisco Bay Guardian as the Bay Area’s best comedy troupe in 2005 and were Sketch Comedy Champions in 2006 and 2010. Inspired by groups such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Culture Clash, and Kids in the Hall, their irreverent style of sketch comedy ranges from slapstick to political and takes no prisoners.

Content guide: Appropriate for high school age and older. There will be some swear words. No nudity. Probably no gunshots. Audiences will really hear nothing worse than they can watch on HBO.

Reservations: www.ticketderby.com/event/?id=247974&mode. Group tickets: (619) 342-7395 or [email protected]

For more information on the fourth annual Spring Showcase (April 17-24), which features Asian and Asian American films, visit http://festival.sdaff.org/spring2014/.

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