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Sick of election ads today? Chicago sketch artists have some fake ones

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November 06, 2012|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

Chicago sketch comedy group Think Tank Comedy have their endorsements for the more obscure local positions up for grabs Tuesday.  

No, they won’t share their picks for president, local judges or congressional vacancies. But if you’re looking for a name to check for “Bathrobe Commissioner,” “County Chest Hairsman” or “County Creep,” the quartet has you covered.

Sure, the comedy group made up all these positions. But Paul Robinson, a member of the group, said he hopes the videos offer a sort of reprieve from the litany of politically charged videos being played constantly as Chicagoans cast their ballots today.

“It’s kind of poking fun at these election cycle commercials,” said Robinson, 31, of Logan Square. “It’s not trying to go straight at the issues. We’re just a sillier, stranger type of humor.”

Take, for example, the campaign video for Rollie Sandifer, who in Think Tank’s universe is running for “Bathrobe Commissioner.” In it, local comedian Chad Briggs promises voters that, as commissioner, he’ll make bathrobes “more affordable, more absorbent and more comforting for you and your family.” Robinson said the series of obscure videos for even more obscure fake political positions play off of the surprise some voters get when position’s they may have never heard of appear on the ballot.

“We were cracking ourselves up thinking of all these positions you have to check off on the ballot,” he said, adding that all were shot improv-style in front of a green screen over the last six months. “We were really just like, ‘I’ve got one, I’ve got one!’ ”

The group--which consists of Robinson, Brent Bridwell, Kevin Carroll and Peter Stepnoski--has been around for about five years, and also just recently debuted a pilot for a sketch comedy series titled "Misguided TV."

All of their videos, including more rapid fire “political” ads, can be found here.

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