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Full Screen Ahead: The Sketch Show Show

Gray Area of Comedy / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/11/2011 2:28 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/16/2011 1:59 PM | Updates

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Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to Saturday

A fickle-faithed evangelical huckster, a smooth-talking but slightly unhinged marriage/camp counsellor and a "dudeless dude" who’s desperate for male companionship.

These are some of the late-night boob-tube boobs who snuck in after Winnipeg comedy writer and couch potato Tim Gray fell asleep in front of the TV and left the door to his consciousness ajar.

They’re brought to life, hilariously so at times, in a series of (mostly) cleverly written segments that twist and skew familiar commercial and infomercial stereotypes. A highlight is the sketch about an insurance salesman who uses a blanket as a prop for his "unexpected loss" pitch.

Gray’s sketch comedy troupe of himself, Fraz Wiest, Caitlin Curtis and Marc Evans shines in a variety of unique roles, especially Wiest as a voice-over announcer driven to the brink by a pizza commercial.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Full Screen Ahead: The Sketch Show Show is an ephemeral journey through the half-conscious mind of Tim Gray.

Mr. Gray is watching television while falling in and out of sleep. What he sees on the TV inspires a dream that comes to life on stage in the form of a sketch.

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Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 45 MIN

Tickets: $8

Discount Tickets: $6 for Students, Fringe performers

Under 16 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter

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Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM CDT: Adds review

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