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Peter 'n Chris and the Mystery of the Murder Motel

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Vancouver’s Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson bring back a revamped version of their 2011 crowd-pleaser, Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel, and it’s a hour of goofy, spoofy fun featuring manic performances, clever characterizations and plenty of battering at the fourth wall.

As a pair of hardly there Hardy Boys investigating a spooky motel (Psst! The manager is the killer!), P&C poke fun at horror movie tropes with wink-wink wit. But beneath all the silliness is real skill; Carlone and Wilson are fantastic physical performers, and even though broad, their portrayals of a bickering old couple show real depth.

The duo coast a bit on their “aren’t we adorable scamps” charm — they know the sold-out crowd is on their side no matter what — and there are some dud bits (or “dead zones,” as the murderous motel manager would say, meaningfully) that fall flat. But all is forgiven with a couple of colourful stabbings and a dead-on Portage Place joke.

— Jill Wilson

From the Fringe program:

Director: Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson
Cast: Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson

From the promoters of Jake's Gift, TJ Dawe and One Man Star Wars/LOTR comes Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch group and festival favourites Peter 'n Chris, returning with their most successful show ever. Come relive the hilarity of this murder mystery spoof.

***** "...the funniest thing I've ever seen" - Uptown Magazine

****½ "furiously funny" - Winnipeg Free Press

Two-time Just For Laughs Best Comedy Winner

Two-time Toronto SketchFest Audience Choice Winner

 
Audience Classification: General
Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10

 

Warnings: Mild Language

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