Men of Character - Free

Men of Character describes itself as two one-man sketch shows that overlap with one another with an overarching plot line. This was not apparent from the show. What was instead presented was a series of nonsensical sketches that never seemed have a punch line. If there was an overarching plot it was completely lost as the sketches trundled on, often devoid of any recognizable humor. These two guys are likeable but rarely funny.

The sketches vary in subject matter, from an awkward blind date to imparting the wisdom of age on the young. The initial jokes about the Victorian Goth bar setting of Jekyll and Hyde were faintly amusing but eventually just became repetitive. A large part of the second half involved impersonations of the various speeches at weddings, Father of the Bride, Maid of Honor etc. This, though overly long, was the strongest part of the show with a few chuckles echoing throughout the room. Pacing was a problem throughout as neither the show nor the individual sketches seemed to be structured to get the most out of them. The final sketch was simply offensive, not because of the subject matter, though anything involving a yokel committing jihad is questionable, but because of its complete lack of humor or entertainment value.

However, despite this show’s problems there was one audience member who seemed to find every nuance amusing. Her hysterical laughter broke the silence in the room and allowed the occasional funny moments to be appreciated.

Reviews by Nicole Adam

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The Blurb

Michael Blomquist and Matt Payton don't like each other enough to do a two man show. So they decided to do two interlinked one-man sketch shows instead. They’re American, but smart-ish. www.theconfusedmoose.com.

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