Toronto has great comedy shows going on all the time, and it makes me sad that more people don’t know about it and come out. But then, I think that a lot of the charm of these shows comes from their intimacy. You can see the faces of the actors, and there have been times when I’ve actually seen spit come out of their mouth when they were speaking! You just can’t beat that.
On Saturday night, I went to the Second City John Candy Theatre to see a duo called the Lusty Mannequins. This duo is made up of Ashley Comeau and Conner Thompson. These two complement each other perfectly. Conner quietly and unobtrusively plays the straight man, allowing Ashley to go over the top with her characters. And she is fearless!
Live comedy theatre can be hard to describe because it is such an “in the moment” experience. There are rarely any props. The set? The imagination of the audience fills in those details. There is just Ashley and Conner up there on the stage. Oh, and the piano player off to the side. I’ve forgotten his name, but as he lamented in the closing number, he “sat there for an hour and only played three songs”. LOL. The piano adds so much atmosphere and setting. It’s astounding.
There were such a variety of sketches, all of which had their own characters, settings, and themes. I was left wondering how the two of them could come up with so many amazing ideas.
I laughed the whole way through the show. Which proves of course that there isn’t anything fancy needed to put on a great show. Just excellent writing and excellent acting, which the Lusty Mannequins deliver.
Keep your eye open for any shows featuring the Lusty Mannequins and if you see one, go! I only paid $10 to see the show, and I feel like I got away with stealing!
Ashley and Connor are the Lusty Mannequins