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Hip.Bang! Improv

Hip.Bang! / Vancouver, BC

Posted: 07/7/2011 5:03 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 1:43 PM | Updates

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Son of Warehouse (Venue 5), to Saturday

Vancouver improv duo Devin Mackenzie and Tom Hill are the kind of guys that take delight in trying to come up with absurd scenarios to trip up each other, but what might be funny to the improvisers can wear a little thin for the crowd when the scenes go nowhere fast.

Most of the duo’s 45 minutes of ad-libbing consists of the pair riffing off each other, starting sketches and seeing what happens, which, like all improv, can be hit or miss. They do know when something isn’t working, though, and are able to put skits out of their misery before they drag on too long, but sometimes this results in too many lines like, "Meanwhile, further on down the street..."

Mackenzie and Hill are clever, likable improvisers and there were some laugh-out-loud moments Friday. They just need to find a few more punchlines.

— Rob Williams

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Hip.Bang!'s unique brand of absurd, playful scene work has delighted audiences at improv festivals in Chicago, Edmonton and Vancouver. While exploring real emotions and honest situations, Tom and Devin of Hip.Bang! simultaneously allow their scenes to be as ridiculous as they are hilarious. The show that erupts from this philosophy is fresh and hard to predict. Laughs guaranteed.

www.hipbang.ca

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=55602352123

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $6 Students

Warnings: None

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM CDT: Adds review

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