What do you call a sold out show with a rocking audience and two other fantastic sketch groups to play with? A really, really, really good way to spend Friday night. How great it was to see Jackie “The Hardest Working Person in Sketch Comedy” Blackmore, Mike Unger and Darren Williams reunite as The Skinny. (Just a brief eight years ago we were all crammed together into the tiny stage at the Media Club, featuring a single wing created by the strategic placement of a movie screen. Clearly we are moving up in the world.) And how great to share the stage with Jackie’s new group Strapless Sketch Comedy, featuring our old friend Lauren Martin (previously of the Crawford Twins) and new friends Megan Phillips, Sidika Larbes, and Iva Kapsikova. And to cap it all off, Morgan Brayton, the Queen (or at least the Duchess) of Sketch Comedy was in the audience. I’m pretty sure we could hear her laughing even from backstage.
The Skinny – We’ve known them for 8 years and they can still actually fit into the same costumes (damn them).
Big, big thanks to Lola and Broden, the crack tech team at Studio 1398, who made our show run extra smoothly, our lovely and amazing host Brad McNeil, and to Peter Carlone and Alistair Cook and the rest of Sketchfest organizers and volunteers inviting us to play and for making this all possible.
Our show is done but Vancouver Sketchfest continues tonight! Hope to see you there!
Good morning Fish Fans!
We’re still recovering from our late night opening show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival last night. What a blast! We were absolutely astonished to see a packed house and we would like to thank all of those brave souls who sweated through our act. Apparently Studio 16 gets hotter throughout the day due to the stage lights – and we were the last act of the day – so for once we can say without bragging that we were likely the hottest show at the Fringe last night (har har har). So if you are planning on seeing our show or any of the other fine offerings at Studio 16, particularly the late night shows, please dress lightly and bring water.
We also woke up to the crazy news that we’ve been profiled in the Globe & Mail.
We haven’t had time to see any other Fringe shows yet but here are some sure bets put on by some talented friends of ours from the Vancouver sketch comedy scene that we will definitely be trying to catch:
“Strapless Sketch Comedy”, featuring Jackie Blackmore and Lauren Martin
“The Johnny Tomorrow Chronicles” with Michael John Unger
“I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck” with Kathryn Kirkpatrick
We’re also really excited to see SNAFU Dance Theatre’s “Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future” because we loved their production of “Little Orange Man” at the 2011 Fringe and this is the sequel.
We’ll post more reviews and recommendations as we see more shows. If you see us on the island or after one of our shows feel free to suggest some to us!