Nobody's feelings are spared in the "The Rocking Dead."
Shadowbox Live's latest sketch-comedy and rock 'n' roll show lampoons everybody, including the president, millennials and, yes, even nerds, said Katy Psenicka, chief operations officer and chief choreographer for the troupe.
"The Rocking Dead," which has a loose zombie-based theme, will be performed at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, Sept. 22 and 23 and most Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 11 at 503 S. Front St. in Columbus' Brewery District.
Tickets are $30 each and available for purchase at shadowboxlive.com.
Psenicka said the show's quasi-eeriness is like that of most Halloween-style performances -- over-the-top humor and live music befitting the particular sketches.
Songs from groups such as Soundgarden, Van Halen and Smashing Pumpkins will be featured during the show, she said.
In "World War Spazoids," one of eight skits, two nerdy teenage boys prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
"Hellchild" is a take on "The Omen," a movie whose main character, Damien Thorn, is the son of Satan. Shadowbox's sketch involves a parent-teacher conference with Damien and his mother. The comedic twist: The teacher sings Damien's praises.
In "President Frank," Frankenstein is president and the act "uses present-day White House antics," Psenicka said.
Office workers are experiencing a zombie apocalypse in "Hang in There." Among the group is an intern who happens to be a stereotypical millennial, "who never puts his phone down and he's constantly trying to download an app," Psenicka said. Little do his co-workers know he's trying to summon help, she said.
"The Jerry Springer Show" is spoofed in "Who's your Daddy?" The sketch draws on a pregnant woman using DNA testing to find out who is the father of her baby. The parent turns out to be a werewolf.
The show marks John Boyd's return to acting after many years. Boyd has been focusing on musical and meta-media productions at Shadowbox, although he will sing lead and backup in "The Rocking Dead."
"Getting back into the sketch comedy shows has shown me exactly what's been missing in my life," said Boyd, who has several roles in the performance.