Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

The Horrible Friends: World Tour!

  • Print

star star star star star star star star star star   Free Press Rating

NOT YET RATED   Average Reader Rating

    Your Rating

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.

http://go.to/horriblefriends

http://www.facebook.com/horriblefriends

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees, Students, Seniors

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Anything can happen in improv. Yes, even that.

History

Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM CDT:
Adds review

  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Kevin Cheveldayoff announces Maurice contract extension

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Bright sunflowers lift their heads toward the south east skies in a  large sunflower field on Hwy 206 and #1 Thursday Standup photo. July 31,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)
  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google