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Local graduate debuts sketch comedy show

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:41 p.m. CST
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Downers Grove native Zoran Gvojic, upper right, and the rest of the Lowcarbcomedy sketch team pose during rehearsals in March.

DOWNERS GROVE – The first thing the audience at Lowcarbcomedy’s sketch comedy show, “Time Travel” will hear is, “You’re all going to die.”

Fortunately for those in the theatre seats, that’s about as serious as things will get.

Written by Downers Grove native Zoran Gvojic, 31, the 40-minute performance intersperses videotaped, backstage segments of the comedy troupe trying different time travel techniques to save the audience before the end of the show. All the while, the sketches in between parody just about every time travel movie and TV show Gvojic could think of.

“We have a sketch that is basically the guy from ‘Terminator’ going back in time to stop John Connor from getting killed, and it ends up that he’s a day late,” he said. “So he’s like, ‘Well, now what am I supposed to do?’”

Gvojic and his comedy team will perform the show at 10 p.m. March 20 in the Box Theater of Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago at the second-annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival.

It’s the first live sketch show Gvojic has written, but the Downers Grove South High School school graduate has been making comedy videos for a decade, as well as a host of other comedy pursuits, including a serial radio play and a comic book.

“There’s some nerves there, but I am confident in lot of the material,” Gvojic said, referring to performing “Time Travel” for the first time later this month. “And we’re laughing at the material still after a number of rehearsals.

“As long as we’re having fun on stage, the audience is going to accept that or feel that and are going to want to join in with the fun and go along with us.”

Gvojic started making the sketch videos around the time he was finishing film school at the Savanna College of Art and Design, he said. His most-viewed video, “Saw IV,” parodies the horror movie franchise of the same name. It’s posted to a friend’s YouTube channel, Directorian, and has more than 7 million YouTube hits.

The videos eventually grew into his current website, lowcarbcomedy.com, where visitors can listen to the radioplay “Lance Cunningstrong: Detective to the Stars,” view the comic or get lost in the huge archive of comedy videos.

“Cunningstrong” walks the line between parody and homage, with the titular detective modeled in the noir style of “The Shadow.”

Each episode centers around a different movie or TV show – in one episode the detective goes undercover in the ‘90s teen sitcom “Saved by the Bell” to recover the stolen “Dustin Diamond.”

Gvojic pays the rent with freelance editing jobs for advertising firms, but when asked if he could pick one of his many comedy hats to wear fulltime, he had a hard time choosing just one.

“I want to make people laugh,” he said. “It would be great to make an honest living making people laugh. Whether that’s stand-up videos, sketch comedy, writing, editing. At the moment I would actually like to make short-form content. If I had sketch comedy show that would be awesome.”

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