Looking for something different? I mean, where every day is a different show? Grimprov wants to give it to you with their latest show, No Second Chances.
Should you see it?
Every year at Ottawa Fringe I make sure to check out Grimprov at least once. This Ottawa-based improv troupe has a number of different improvisational themed shows in their repertoire and they never disappoint. They greatest thing about their Fringe run is that every show is a different show, so if you only wanted to go to Fringe to see Grimprov’s No Second Chances you could do that and be thoroughly entertained each and every night.
The show I went to see was their Cop Out show. Taking suggestions from the audience our two off-centre detective leads were on the hunt for the criminal mastermind Sticky Fingers and his gang of Wal-Mart shop lifters, who had an obsession with pork. The audience had the chance to direct how the show would go by yelling out the words: “more gritty” or “less gritty” which eventually led to tortured puppies, sympathetic group hugs between heroes and villains, body dismemberment and malt vinegar attacks.
Using the idea of the audience controlling the “less gritty/more gritty” element in their show let the cast maintain most of the control themselves having been able to probably practice and work out scenarios that fall within the range. There was even the odd time when I noticed a cast member yell out “less gritty/more gritty” to move a scene along.
Every Grimprov show has a special guest. The Cop Out show’s guest was Jody Haucke who was probably the funniest person on stage, always with a quick comeback and a slew of very witty characters who he would continue long past the point of death, for laughs that worked.
Improv isn’t easy, but the cast of Grimprov make it look doable. Their chemistry is good and it’s obvious they’ve been doing it for years. At times a cast member would stumble here or there, but another member was there to jump in and pick up where the last one fell.
A special shout out also has to be given to DJ Helicase who sets the mood throughout the show with some of the greatest “more gritty/less gritty” musical numbers any cop comedy could have.
Grimprov will be performing a different show each time they are on stage at The Lunenburg Pub this week including their own improvised version of the Disney movie Aladdin, yet they warn that their Aladdin rendition will run long, so don’t plan to see any shows afterwards.
What did you think of No Second Chances? Did it live up to your improv standards? Join the discussion and tell me what you thought in the comments below.
For more information on No Second Chances, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, visit their show page on OttawaFringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/no-second-chances/.