David Benedict Brown and Ray Besharah bring a series of comedic sketches to life written by various writers across Canada and from New York City in Dicky Dicky.
Should you see it?
I love sketch comedy. If it’s written well and acted with the appropriate pacing it can be some of the funniest comedy out there. I was excited to see Dicky Dicky because both Dave Brown and Ray Besharah are very funny people, and they don’t disappoint.
Throughout their hour show they take the audience on a journey through 8 different sketches involving giant penises, horrible employees, space battles, eating cat food, adult diapers and a whole lot of boobs. The duo keep the audience laughing from the moment they get on stage until the very end, despite how juvenile and immature some of the content may be.
The mood is set right away when Ray and Dave come out with giant fake penises between their legs and two swollen balloons for balls. God is reading the 10 Commandments on an audio track while the two circle each other in a primitive dance before mutilating themselves. Sound disgusting? Absolutely not – their stage presence coupled with the intensity of their facial expression will have you rolling in the aisle from the very beginning.
The show only picks up from there. My favourite sketch included a performance review between an employee and the employer and the pacing is so fast you don’t want to laugh because you’ll be afraid to miss something clever and witty. The entire scene is the employee making excuses for not being a good employee and by far got the most audience howls as well.
While the other sketches are all funny a few of them seem to drag on a little long, including one called My Sister’s Magnetic Personality and Offline Dating Service, but the duo wrap the show up with a metaphorical sketch called This is Not a Metaphor, which involves Dave kicking Ray repeatedly in the balls while yelling about incest. It truly is the ultimate metaphor for what is out there at Fringe.
Dicky Dicky is an amazingly funny sketch comedy show. SNL eat your heart out.
I had a great time at Dicky Dicky; the sketches were hilarious and the performers were very committed to their absurdity. What really sells the show are Ray and Dave’s facial expressions throughout the sketches. Dave in particular had me chuckling in the Patent Office sketch, where he played a bespectacled inventor with a very specific fixation. Ray is also impressively committed to scene transitions as he hilariously vamps it up for our entertainment. As Matthew mentioned, the absolute weirdness of some sketches, especially This Is Not a Metaphor, had the audience rolling in the aisles. Ray and Dave are indeed two very funny people with strongly written sketches. Although some do wear out their welcome, all left the audience giggling.
What did you think of Dicky Dicky? What was your favourite sketch? Let me know what you thought in the comments.
For more information on Dicky Dicky, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, visit their show page on http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/dicky-dicky/