Cinematheque (Venue 7), to Saturday
Started well. Downhill from there.
And that’s surprising from this local improv troupe made up of some well-known local fringe vets — Brent Hirose, Shawn Kowalke and Luke Falconer.
The unique conceit here is that each friend can be horrible once per show by forcing his fellow players to sing the rest of a scene. Buoyed by a vocal and friendly audience Thursday evening, the trio got off to a strong, witty start with some traditional short-form improv games, like freeze tag. The friends are best when they’re at their most physical, but they quickly got bogged down in rambling stories that never quite got to the kind of "how-did-they-think-of-that?" moment that makes improv so fun.
The final long-form improv lagged, and it’s maybe not the best sign when the most genuine laughs are spawned by audience members bashing the players with big plastic bats.
As their fringe histories prove, these guys can do better.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the official Fringe Festival program:
The Horrible Friends are on tour! (It's still a tour with one stop, right?)
Shawn, Luke and Brent are hilarious improvisers, here to make you laugh while making each other cry. Come see them turn improv upside-down as they do anything to entertain you, to amuse you and to hurt each other's feelings.
After all, they are The Horrible Friends.
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 MIN
Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees, Students, Seniors
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Anything can happen in improv. Yes, even that.