The traffic theme features prominently throughout the show, for good reason.
Some of the funniest bits are not always spoken in the script, like in "Black Spandex Bike Shorts" when the infamous shorts are quickly but gleefully sniffed by a cast member.
Or when crazy Cindy greets visitors by flipping them off.
Whether it's exploited sea lions, Mexican maids or hospital nuns, no topic is sacred. With 25 skits, there's a lot packed into the show.
The thing that makes this especially funny and rewarding, though, is not the great writing or musical talent or outlandish costumes; it's the fact that we have this at all. It's another one of those "special things" about Laguna.
It's really the people and their desire to make fun of themselves — ourselves, residents of Laguna.
Host Bill Harris had it right when he introduced one skit by saying, "Laguna Beach disagrees with just about everything."
And it's true. But as I looked around the audience, it struck me that generally speaking these are the readers, the political science majors, the librarians.
In high school, these were the drama kids, and they turned out cool.
They are always ahead of their time, ready with the quips and one-liners, ready with the gags that sometimes make people uncomfortable.
We need uncomfortable.
When the nuns say "oy vey," it's not lost.
When it's obvious that the fastest growing business in Laguna is "Space Available," we nod and chuckle.
When our "eBay" never has any trouble because it's "unincorporated," we shake our heads and groan.
We expect men in dresses. Men in makeup. Men as bearded nuns.
Sometimes scatological (and not appropriate for family newspapers), many of the best jokes are impossible to say out loud.
Spinning off a Charles Strouse song, a singer gave homage to the ZeroTrash Laguna group by singing, "I'll pick up anything but poo."
You sort of had to be there.
Here's another one that probably won't work out of context: It's a variation of the Marty Robbins song "El Paso," but this one is "Laguna."
"Out in this O.C. town called Laguna, I fell in love with my Mexican maid…"
Yes, you had to be there.
There's still time. There's always time to make fun of ourselves and keep us honest.
DAVID HANSEN is a writer and Laguna Beach resident. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.