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Hot Thespian Action
Winnipeg sketch comedy troupe Hot Thespian Action is a longtime fringe fan favourite for good reason: Every freaking thing they do turns to comedy gold.
The five-member outfit has come up with 13 sketches based on a range of comedic devices, starting off with a terrible pun that nonetheless proves very funny — sorry, no spoilers here — before broadening out into serious stagecraft based on mime, modern dance and painstakingly practiced physical comedy.
These Winnipeggers make it look so easy you’ll be too busy guffawing to geek out over technique.
And the verbal humour is accessible: there’s some perceptive social commentary, a smidgeon of expected edginess — you will hate yourself for laughing at a prostitute-homicide joke — and lots of straight-up gags about familiar characters, including technophobic senior citizens, inappropriately horny gym rats and out-of-touch gay fashion designers.
That said: An anthropomorphic abandoned tampon almost steals the show.
— Bartley Kives
From the Fringe program:
Two-time Canadian Comedy Award-nominated quintet Hot Thespian Action brings a new helping of their highly physical, imaginative and finely tuned sketch comedy.
Get tickets while you still can. Seriously.
Director: Hot Thespian Action
Cast: Shannon Guile, Jacqueline Loewen, Garth Merkeley, Ryan Miller, Jane Testar
"This is about as good as comedy gets, at the Fringe or anywhere else." - CBC Radio
"Their uproarious physical comedy, flawless timing and cleverly written subject matter are utterly bang-on, and the laughs come just as easily as does the craving to see their shows again and again." - Uptown
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM CDT:
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM CDT: