Last Saturday, I made my way down to The Barron Theatre to see The Comedy Society take to the stage with their sketch show, Sketch Force One.The show was an eclectic mix of sketches that made for some serious laughs. Not all sketches hit the right mark, but this did not detract from the overall success of the night.
The show began in stellar form with a sketch centring around the film Big. You know, the 1988 film starring Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall (I can say that I now have far too much knowledge about Big, all props to The Comedy Society). The comedians bounced off one another at a pace that drew the audience into the wild spiral of the sketch. It was smooth, polished and timed to a tee.
As the show progressed some sketches were less refined but none-the-less artful. I found that this only added to the charm and humour. A dinner date sketch that involved fennel seeds and the accidental breaking of a plate was enhanced by the hiccups. The broken plate brought back laughter whenever the audience saw it pop up in another sketch.
The middle of the show marked another, like the opening, longer form sketch. It told the story of a town where everyone’s names were sex noises. It is actually quite difficult to find adjectives to describe the sketch that do not devolve into double entendre. I will try though. The premise was great and the sketch began with spark and flare. However, it could not hold the audience for the duration, unlike the Big sketch did. It did not have quite the same energy and pace. The premise was great, but the duration just tipped over into too long.
However the pace was soon reset. The sketches were shorter and snappier and this kept the laughs rolling in. There was a great mix of whimsy and weirdness, and also a fair bit of crude humour. Something for everyone. Yet, the selection of sketches the group put together was the perfect blend to give an overall pleasing taste to the evening’s show. A personal highlight was a recurring bothersome bee; it was perfectly strange and perfectly funny.
To conclude, Sketch Force One had a few messy moments but generally this just added to the appeal. There was a great deal of talent on display in the performers and writing, with moments of wacky brilliance. Overall, it was a great way to spend my Saturday evening and I recommend that you look out for future Sketch Force One nights next semester.