In their own words: A father and son team

Out and about

Chicago native Aaron Caponigro and his 11-year-old son, Jacob, form the comedy duo UnRelated. They have been performing sketch comedy in and around the city and elsewhere in the Midwest for the past year and a half, but have known each other much longer than that.

Dad: Jacob, come in here please. We need to do our interview for Chicago Parent magazine.

Jacob: Aww, but I was going to call Stu for a sleepover.

Dad: Gotta do this first.

Jacob: But I have to call him now before he makes plans!

Dad: Tough bananas. You’ve put this off long enough.

Jacob: OK. I just need to save this game first.

(Several minutes pass)

Dad: Jacob get in here. We have a deadline!

Jacob: Coming! Right after I finish this text message.

Dad: Alright. Enough. What you are doing is called procrastination.

Jacob: I’ll never remember that.

Dad: Let’s start. Ask me a question.

Jacob: Can I call Stu?

Dad: A question for the interview.

Jacob: Fine. What’s your favorite TV show? Mine’s SpongeBob SquarePants.

Dad: I like 30 Rock. And SpongeBob SquarePants. What is one thing you want parents to know?

Jacob: Once your kid has outgrown a toy, you have to stop playing with it, too.

Dad: But Bob the Builder can fix anything!

Jacob: Yes he can. But I’d really like some new wallpaper. If you could be any Star Wars character who would you be? I’d be Chewbacca.

Dad: I’m a Yoda.

Jacob: What’s your favorite toy? Mine’s LEGOs.

Dad: I’m partial to my Foosball table. Your questions are like a fifth-grader’s! Here, ask these.

Jacob: How has being a parent changed you?

Dad: I never used to talk to myself this much. And I give out more time-outs now. What’s something you like to do with your dad besides performing?

Jacob: I like when we read together and do the voices of the characters. What is something you wish to teach your child, errr, me?

Dad: Calculus. But I have to learn it first. What is something you wish to teach your future child?

Jacob: Never tickle a badger. Especially when they are hungry. They hate that.

Dad: What is the best lesson you have learned in your life so far?

Jacob: Never tickle a hungry badger.

Dad: Jacob, that’s not a real lesson.

Jacob: So I should tickle a badger?

Dad: Jacob, there IS NO BADGER! That was a story I made up when you were 3 so you would be quiet in the car. Try again, best lesson?

Jacob: Grown-up questions are boring.

Dad: One more time.

Jacob: I don’t know. Something about procrasti-something.

Dad: Procrastination. See? You remembered. Ask me one more question and the interview is over.

Jacob: Can I call Stu now?

More on this father-son team and their upcoming performances can be found at

Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.
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