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Arts / Entertainment

Mump and Smoot: Nightmarish and funny

February 16, 2011

If you're up for a twist on comedy that includes part horror and part slapstick, you'll find it in 'Something Else.' Mump and Smoot delight in the chaos of a nightmarish world that takes them from a quiet cafe, a gruesome wake, and a catastrophic visit to the doctor's office.

'Mump and Smott offer comedy at its most anarchic,' says the Vancouver Sun. (Image by Gary Mulcahey) The University Center for the Arts presents special guest artists Mump and Smoot performing Something, written by Michael Kennard and John Turner, directed by Karen Hines. 

The performances are free for all students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty and staff already have the option of obtaining free tickets to all University Center for the Arts events through the Commitment to Campus program.

The UCA is extending this special opportunity for the campus community to experience the unique horror clown duo, Mump and Smoot.  

A rare opportunity

Internationally, and in large markets, the Mump and Smoot shows are sell-outs. Their appearance at Colorado State is a rare opportunity for Fort Collins.

At the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, currently taking place at the University Center for the Arts, Mump and Moot are keynote speakers and performers. 

How to get your free tickets

To obtain free tickets, students, faculty, and staff should come in person to the University Center for the Arts Ticket Office (1400 Remington St.) or call (970) 491-2787. The ticket office is open this Friday, February 17 from 2–5 p.m. and opens one hour before shows. Faculty, staff, and student ID are required.

Show dates

  • Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m.

Both performances take place in Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

The content of this performance is not appropriate for children.

Read the reviews!

“Mump and Smoot…makes you not only laugh, but also contemplate the marvelous complexities of existence. It shouldn’t be missed.”

~ L.A. Times

“Mump and Smoot offer comedy at its most anarchic.”

~ Vancouver Sun

“Whatever the tariff, Mump and Smoot…are worth their weight in gold. Not fool’s gold. The real thing.”

~ New York Newsday

Delighting in chaos

Mump and Smoot inhabit a parallel Universe on planet Ummo, worship a god named Ummo and converse in their own gibberish language – Ummonian – which is nevertheless clear to the audience, all the while delighting in the chaos of a nightmarish world.

Often compared to characters as diverse as those in Monty Python, the Three Stooges, Ren and Stimpy, and Samuel Beckett, they elicit in their audience the peculiar mix of sympathy, empathy and horror that stem from watching flawed individuals alternately fail and succeed at their all-too-human schemes.

A café, a wake, and a doctor's office

In Something, we find the intrepid duo prancing through the etiquette of a fine café, the sorrow and despair of a wake and the pandemonium of the doctor’s office.


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603