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Fringe 2014

The 2014 Fringe Must List: Peter n' Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

"I know the secret about you, Sheriff. You're not a retired Sheriff. You were fired. You're a refired Sheriff."
Peter and ChrisA chance to see a pair of rising stars on the Canadian comedy scene. Since forming in 2009, Vancouver sketch duo Peter n' Chris have riffed on subjects as broad-ranging as wet towels, hit-and-runs, aphrodisiac foods and boyhood mysteries, and racked up a slew of rave reviews and a Canadian Comedy Award in the process. Their latest play, Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral, sends up—you guessed it—the Wild West genre, with a nonsensical plot about a stolen farm, a rich oil tycoon and a questionable drifter friend.

Peter n’ Chris on writing: It takes two

Chris: I think we both agree that writing comedy with a partner is one of the best things you can do; If you can't think of anything funny at the time, write down the joke your partner said and you'll get credit as well. I think comedy writing is the most difficult when you're alone, second guessing whether what you wrote is any good or not. When you have a partner there, they can tell you that it's not funny with their stares and silence.
Peter: It's also hard to meet up and then say “okay, let's make jokes this instant.” Hanging out for a good while before every meeting, to get on the same page, is really important. We usually sit on separate computers and Facebook message each other funny internet pictures. Then play video games. Then more Internet. It really helps the process.
Chris: Yes. Start every writing session off with an exchange of gifs. Then, as far as writing out comedic narrative together goes, a lot of the time we improv jokes around a computer, and if we think a joke is really great, we might try and write the story to get to that joke. Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) say it best when they use the words “but” and “therefore” between their story beats, (“This happens in the story, therefore this happens, BUT then this happens).
Peter: Of course, if a joke is just taking your story in a weird direction it's important to not get attached to anything you've written. You can always use them somewhere later.
Chris: Lots of my jokes are cut and I don't even care. I'm strong.




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