Company: Parking Lots Improv, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 7 - The Cinematheque
A fairly ludicrous romp with an ice cream cult, ice cream zombies, and a an ice cream war, all sprinkled with the sexual innuendo and bathroom humour that entertains most young boys.
Parking Lot Improv is a five man, character based, improvisational comedy show created by a group of young artists, most of whom are recent graduates of high schools in the city. Their high energy and genuine joy in the performance is contagious.
This evening's show was a fairly ludicrous romp with an ice cream cult, ice cream zombies, and an ice cream war, all sprinkled with the sexual innuendo and bathroom humour that entertains most young boys. The crew was oddly charming and I laughed in spite of myself.
The troupe is talented, Jesse Bergen in particular shined as the obvious star of the group. However, he seemed to be the only actor who understood that even improv comedy needs the basics of a story, that crucial beginning, middle and end.
The rest of the team interprets "character" to mean a silly accent or profession throughout the performance. Bergen goes deeper and seems to innately build and become his chosen character for the evening, all while supporting his castmates.
Which brings me to my second issue with the troupe, they need to focus on the basics of improvisational acting, saying "yes" and supporting one another.
There's chemistry between them, they just need to set aside their stresses about their next lines and fully throw themselves into the game.