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Vancouver long-form improvisers Devin Mackenzie and Tom Hill take a single audience suggestion from the audience and spontaneously create a one-of-a-kind 45-minute comedy. As is often the case, the meandering story is like following Alice down the rabbit hole. What starts out with a guy who wants to be a Subway sandwich artist takes many side trips, some forgettable, but some humorous.
One of the highlights, or at least something you don’t see every day, is a confrontation between a cobra and a pet rabbit that involves one of the ad-libbers eating the other. The impromptu show feels like a dream in which the details are sketchy but you definitely remember someone portraying a crab, seaweed and fireworks.
Not sure this duo of make-it-up-on-the-spot artists will stand out among the many improvisers doing their thing at the festival but they were able to hold the interest of the crowd throughout. Not always the case at this festival.
- Kevin Prokosh
(Review based on a show seen at an Ontario fringe festival in June.)
From the Fringe program:
Taking just one word as their inspiration and working without any preconceived structure, Hip.Bang!'s shows range from bawdy, game-filled romps to more linear, story-driven affairs.
Hip.Bang! is a long-form improv duo from Vancouver whose playfully absurd scene work has delighted audiences at festivals around the world. Taking just one word as their inspiration and working without any preconceived structure, Hip.Bang!'s shows range from bawdy, game-filled romps to more linear, story-driven affairs. Laughs guaranteed. Pick of the Fringe, Victoria (2011, 2012).
"World-class improv, worthy to compete with some of the best that New York City has to offer." - Curtain Up, NYC
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 45 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students
Updated on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM CDT:
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