Ever eager to conserve, she bought a 25-year-old bubblegum pink Mercedes converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Obtaining sufficient quantities of oil proved difficult and seriously expensive. She had to abandon the car after it caught fire on the 405 freeway, forcing her to flee the vehicle and costing her $300 to have the wreckage towed away. After the demise of the Mercedes, she decided to go carless, and she rather unconvincingly argues that not owning a car can have real advantages—such as having a permanent excuse for turning down unwanted invitations. (One of the evening's biggest laughs greeted her claim that the L.A. transit system is simple and easy to navigate.) But her funniest and most outrageous sketch is a pep talk about the benefits of recycling sanitary pads. She tells us far more about feminine hygiene than most men would want to know, if she weren't so funny.
Wong is an energetic, witty, uninhibited performer, and with the assistance of director Paul Tei, she has produced a seamless, sure-fire comedic turn.
Produced by and at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. June 28–July 22. Thu.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. www.bootlegtheater.org.