One night last October, as this election cycle's strange, topsy-turvy presidential campaign was just beginning to warm up, two comedians took the stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York to stage a fake debate.
Decked out in high-tech goggles, pilot Steve Zoumas dives low and sees the final gate zooming toward him: a 20-foot-tall metal-framed box ringed with neon. Boom! His sight goes black. The crowd lets out a collective "Whoa!" as pieces of his aircraft, which has just smashed into a concrete barrier, go flying.