Punchbag Playhouse, who brought Ottawa Fringe the mags-hit Die, Zombie. Die! last year, have come back to Academic Hall this year. This time with some wacky sketch comedy.
Should you see it?
Wunderjammer is a sketch comedy show of somewhere over a dozen sketches. You’ll see airheaded supermodels, less than qualified scientists, an absurd Willy Wonka-esque amusement park, and some other things. It’s bookended by random absurdity to frame it all together.
Sketch comedy is always, always, hit and miss. And I’ve seen way more bad than good, which tends to make me skeptical going in. Especially since I’m not a big fan of exceptionally-over-the-top, pointless-and-silly-for-silly sake, not-just-low-but-right-near-the-bottom brow humour, which is what a lot of sketch comedy theatre devolves into it. It’s rarely clever stuff.
Pleasantly, I enjoyed Wunderjammer well more than I expected to.
The “Wunderjammer Players” were strong. Richard Gélinas is, well, you laugh just to look at him. Victoria Luloff remains ever-endearing and a treat to watch as a supermodel of the world, or scientist, or young child. Jordan Hancey and Allison Harris also each had some very fun moments.
And the sketches? Well, hit or miss? Some, like the man-eating plant, were great: well-performed, nicely-written, and very funny even if entirely predictable. Some, like the supermodel of the world, or Mr. Science remained funny even though they were straight from cliché-town – which is an actually a compliment. And some were tedious, uninspired and entirely pointless. And some, sigh, well even Richard Gélinas can only do so much.
While I still think the title should only be said with a German accent, I enjoyed myself and think most people will find something they’ll like in the mix.
What did you think? Which sketch had you laughing? Which had you rolling your eyes? Join the discussion in the comments below.