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The PB&J Sketchprov Show
At this particular performance, Toronto’s PB & J was PB & F, with Fraz Wiest joining Pat Thornton and (former Winnipegger) Bob Banks in this “sketchprov” sandwich, in place of Jason Derosse.
“Sketchprov,” according to the program, is “a blend of sketch formats with improvised content,” wherein the group asks the audience to fill in the blanks in eight different improv scenarios.
A great idea, but it took up less the half of the 50-minute show.
The rest consisted of host Batman (Jon Blair) sharing his poetry and assorted jokes and local standup comic Ben Walker doing a mini-routine.
Both were perfectly fine and funny enough, but when one is expecting some semblance of an improv show, it comes as a disappointment to be greeted by straight standup.
Let’s hope other performances fulfil such a promising concept.
— Barb Stewart
From the Fringe program:
The PB&J Sketchprov Show is a carefully balanced blend of sketch and improv where the audience defines the content with their suggestions while the performers use sketch comedy structures to guarantee the laughs.
This show has already toured with sold out shows in Edmonton, Montreal, and New York and stars Pat Thornton (CTV's Satisfaction, CBC's Strombo, The Debaters), Bob Banks (Writer for Family's Try It), and Jason Derosse (Second City 2009-2013).
Cast: Pat Thornton, Bob Banks, Jason Derosse
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM CDT: