Peter Grosz Plays a Professional Cuddler at The Second City in 2002
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With less than 10 days to go until Donald Trump officially becomes President of the United States, why not take a few moments to escape from it all by splurging on a professional cuddling session? From Second City’s 2002 revue Curious George Goes to War, the above scene stars Peter Grosz as a man who runs an apparently very successful cuddling business (“It’s always like that after the stock market crashes,” he claims), Jean Villepique as the lonely wife and paying customer, and, near the end, Keegan-Michael Key as her decidedly non-cuddly husband. So what services does Grosz’s character offer? “For $200, we go to therapy together, I cry, you tell me how to change, and I change.” Also: “You could have at least said you loved me.” “You don’t have that kind of money.” Check out another clip of Grosz and Key performing at another Second City show here.