The Blacklist: You will laugh so hard you’ll cry

Members of "The Blacklist" perform a skit. "Every picture of "The Blacklist" is blurry because the photographer is laughing too hard," performer Cody Tucker said. The Buzz/Submitted.
Members of “The Blacklist” perform a skit. “Every picture of “The Blacklist” is blurry because the photographer is laughing too hard,” performer Cody Tucker said. The Buzz/Submitted.

It’s a show so good it should be Blacklisted.

“The Blacklist” is an adult improv comedy show that performs at the Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. Rock Island, Ill., just across the Centennial Bridge from Davenport. It’s a 21-and-over show that fills the walls of the theater with raunchy laughs perfect for college students wanting a fun night out.

The 19 performers have two main shows where 6 to 8 people perform per night. In “100 Laughs,” they don’t stop performing until the audience has laughed at least 100 times and in “Shots and Giggles,” performers combine their improv sketches with drinking games, encouraging the audience to drink with them (but it’s not required).

“The Blacklist” even describe themselves as “The Quad Cities’ only locally-founded, R-rated adult improv troupe” on their Facebook page.
In the Drunken Spelling Bee game, audience members yell out words for the performers to spell. However, they stand in a row and spell it out, one letter each as they go down the row. They then use the word in a sentence using the same format, one word at a time.

In another game, they act out a funny scene using ideas from the audience, but then must re-enact the scene in different styles. For example, they could be asked to act out a scene like pirates would do it.

“100 Laughs” focuses less on drinking and more on the comedy and is for those who want to laugh without the entire night focusing on alcohol. “Shots and Giggles” uses alcohol in almost every skit in one way or another. Both shows leave audiences with an equal side-splitting laughter, and anything is fair game to be made fun of from celebrities, alcohol, audience members and sex.

Here’s a disclaimer to people thinking of attending: if you’re easily offended or don’t like shocking, crude distasteful humor, this is not the show for you. If you don’t mind dirty jokes that can push the limits on appropriateness, you’ll leave doubled over with laughter.

Doors for shows open at 8:30 p.m. and there is always a stand-up comedian from 9 to 10 p.m., and “The Blacklist” starts its show at 10. It’s described as an hour show, but can last longer.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Circa 21 box office, by calling (309)786-7733 ext. 2 or at the door.

For a list of show dates and more information, visit or find “The Blacklist” on Facebook.

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