Manitoba·★★★★ Review

Comedy Isn't Funny Anymore

FOUR STARS Caity Curtis and Stephen Sim pay tribute to Winnipeg's vaudevillian past in this delightful production.

FOUR STARS | Warm, funny and highly recommended

(Stephen Sim / Facebook)

Rating: ★★★★

Company: Kali Wags, Winnipeg

Genre: Comedy — Sketch

Venue: 4 — Onstage at Pantages

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I would surmise that it takes a certain amount of… fortitude as a comedian to insert yourself into the material of your heroes, and then try to expand upon it. If this is the case, Caity Curtis and Stephen Sim must have the fortitude of… well they must be very fortitudinal.

Curtis and Sim (or should it be Sim and Curtis — we'll let you two crazy kids work it out!) pay tribute to Winnipeg's vaudevillian past — you'll watch the show at its epicenter, Pantages Playhouse — and to famous comedy duos that sprang from that tradition.

In addition to reviving classic bits by the likes of Abbot and Costello and Nichols and May, Curtis and Sim riff on the dynamics of those teams with improv that proves the crack timing and rapid-fire verbal one-up-man-ship isn't just an influence on them, it's also their own achievement.

Warm, funny and highly recommended.

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