FanFiction Comedy

This reference-heavy show fills a key niche for fan fiction comedy at the Fringe. The innumerable pop culture references spangled in the set could make for a confusing experience if the viewer hasn’t seen the works being talked about, which range from Agatha Christie to 50 Shades of Grey to Pokemon GO.

This likeable crew’s niche material riles a few laughs out of the audience but leaves some in a dazed confusion.

The Box provides the perfect setting for the storytelling session, with the audience and comedians cooped up close to each other, the energy in the room is easily contagious.

The comedians sit side-by-side on stage next to their band, Red Bandits, composed of a drummer and guitarist/vocalist who provide background music to help set the scene for the fanfic stories, as well as showing off more intricate musical prowess when playing covers as entrance and exit songs before and after the show.

The group of comedians start by introducing each other and talking on stage in some half-hearted attempts at comedy that makes you feel like you’re just chilling out with some of the nerdier, but funnier, friends you have. Soon, they move on to bouncing fan fiction ideas off of each other; all complete with punny titles and quirky storylines that resonate best with those well-versed in a variety of movies, books, and TV shows. They end by reading original fan fic pieces they’ve written specifically for each show, meaning every time is a new hilarious experience. This likeable crew’s niche material riles a few laughs out of the audience but leaves some in a dazed confusion.  

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