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October 13, 2003

Daily Herald

Eric Lane Barnes makes one prediction about a Captain Smartypants performance: "It's the most fun you can have while remaining in a legal state." Creating an ensemble was part of the job description when Baenes was hired in 2000 as assistant artistic director for the Seattle Men's Chorus.

Imagine the Kids in the Hall, the Capitol Steps and Monty Python pooling their talents and wrapped in a harmonic blanket and you have a glimpse into the nine-man pop-comedy show. Barnes accompanies the group on piano, although much is done a cappella. Smartypants wanders the musical landscape, hanging out with swing, doo-wop, barbershop and a number of other styles.

What's funny in the world of Captain Smartypants?

"We laugh at ourselves," Barnes said. "We don't believe there is any comedy in cruelty. I find if we laugh at ourselves first, it invites the audience to laugh at us and in turn at themselves. "The whole thing about losing hair ... most of the guys in the group are bald. It's a pointed comedy, but it's pointed at us. More

Posted by acapnews at October 13, 2003 10:04 AM

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