sketch comedy

Musings about being an actor before an audition for “cashier #2”, Vancouver-based film and television actor Morgan Brayton reflects on her adolescent ideas of being a successful actor and all her apparently “golden ticket” opportunities in Give It Up.

The show is filled with moments that make you laugh because they are true. Like the second-hand embarrassment you feel when Morgan shares with the audience how she has failed all her prepubescent dreams of having a spin off series, sharing the cover of Teen Beat with Scott Baio and being invited to late night talk shows.

Never...

I have a lot of sympathy for the first show of the first day, especially since there are only 3 hours of technical rehearsal for fringe artists, but the performers of Spookeasy on September 10th did not make it easy. Starting a show expecting applause will get you off on the wrong foot with me every time. As will breaking character to apologize/complain about your own show multiple times, insulting the audience and hideously missing your light (as in leaning OUT of the spotlight).

That said, in spite of all the disastrous technical issues, the troupe kept their energy up throughout the...

Peter and Chris: Here Lies Chris is a 60 minute sketch comedy show performed by the Fringe-famous Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson at Pacific Theatre.

    I went into this show with very high expectations for these guys. They often feel like the flagship comedy show of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Ive heard fans toot about how great they are. The amount of awards they have won is impressive.

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My friend and I got the last two seats on Sunday night. We were barely seated when the whole room (the crowded, oxygen-deprived Carousel Theatre Studio A) started chanting: “CHURCH! CHURCH! CHURCH! CHURCH!”

Every night is different but I hadn't checked to find out I was about to attend an “improvised church service.” Not to be confused with Fringe regulars “Peter 'n' Chris” (Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson), this duo is new on the scene, at least in this configuration.

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Jam-packed with funny characterizations, party music and entertaining videos, Buy Me Dinner First is an all-around good time. 

This sketch comedy show performed by a tight troupe of actors is uproariously funny and fun. If you’re looking to laugh, search no further. The actors work well together and really know how to connect to the audience to take us along with them. Actor/creator/writer Dylan Archambault, in particular, has a huge and captivating presence and knows how to bring it. The house was packed when I went, and the audience was in stitches throughout the show. 

Buy Me Dinner First is...

I begin with a story. Sketch comedy and homelessness. A combination not suitable for the
Vancouver East side. (In my best Al Pacino voice.) “Yah, funny.” Granted, I feel that way because I had a short interaction with a homeless person out in front of the theatre just prior to the show.

“Hey, can you spare some change?” She said in a slightly cracked voice.

“I have a dime I don’t need for parking.” I handed her the pittance.

“Thanks, man. Saved me.” She said and walked off.

It wasn’t a unique experience. This is Vancouver after all. But,...

Genre definition = Funny · Weird · In Your Face

If laughter is the best medicine, then this hilarious two-hander, action-packed adventure is sure to heal your every ailment – giving you the power to help these two crazy guys on their mission to save the world!

Peter 'n' Chris

Toronto’s fifth annual Sketch Comedy Festival has (long) come and gone, leaving behind a wake of satisfied audiences and enthused sketch artists.

There is never a shortage of sketch performances in Toronto, but there is also no substitute for the convenience and positive energy that a festival provides. Capitalizing on that convenience and energy, PLANK’s own comedy afficionados, Justin Haigh and Ryan West, took in a broad swath of this year’s performances. Here are their distilled takes on the troupes, the performers, and even a little socio-cultural fat chewing.

Justin’s Hits:
Right off the bat I’ll say I...

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They say there's strength in numbers. This is particularly true when it comes to sketch comedy where a larger cast offers several advantages: the ability to construct complex scenes with a multitude of characters, a more diverse collective mind to bolster the creative process, and the ability to cast roles according to suitability rather than sheer necessity.

This is why an upstart, and successful, sketch comedy duo like Accidental Company deserves an extra smattering of kudos for their efforts. The Company, comprised only of Brian Crosby and Jordan Kennedy, have taken the plunge and mounted a full length...

Accidental Company: two guys who share everything