A TRIUMPH OF HILARITY GOES A STOMPING LONG WAY
Sketch comedy is a whole new kind of writing. Pace must be perfectly edited, topics must be relevant, jokes must be performable. Of course, above and beyond that, the show must be performed with an adoring amount of charm, the kind that you cannot paint on with makeup or exercise with a flirtatious flip of the leg. It’s the kind of charm that only skilled comedians can muster up for the sake of outrageous hilarity. It’s the kind of charm that the folk at Good Samaritan share with us in their newest Toronto Fringe Entry, Summer Hot, Some Are Not.
The show is set up like a classic Sketch review: A sequence of short, punchy pieces with (some) live musical interludes and the odd musical number in the mix. The troupe includes the talents of Magdalena Barys, Filipe Dimas, Nicole Dunn, Christopher Martin and Simon McCamus. Each comedian, in this case, debuted some kind of solo number if not a dominance in a duo scene but the highlight, for me, were the full-group numbers. Once all five members were on stage, the amount of energy rushing towards me was unstoppable. In particular, their physical commitment to both the opening and closing numbers bookended the show with fortitude.
Of course the welcoming air of “we’re happy you’re here, so come laugh with us” filled the auditorium throughout. If you’re looking for a show where you’re present and giddy, this is the one I’d recommend.
CHECK IT OUT
Summer Hot, Some Are Not is playing at The Annex Theatre at the Toronto Fringe Festival
Friday July 4 @ 10:30pm
Saturday July 5 @ 12:00pm
Sunday July 6 @ 5:45pm
Monday July 7 @ 8:30pm
Tuesday July 8 @ 12:30pm
Wednesday July 9 @11:00pm
Sunday July 13 @ 5:45pm
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