It’s Dang Dumb’s first time at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and what a debut it is. Their brand of sketch comedy is energetic and light, and while not every joke works, the ones that do generate big belly laughs, ultimately winning over the mostly packed Grindstone Theatre.
At the start of the show, Dang Dumb introduce themselves (several times over in fact) and ostenisbly promise the audience that the show will be silly, and they deliver on that promise. There are at least a few good laughs in each of the sketches, and Dang Dumb rarely kill their jokes. They balance longer sketches with shorter ones, keeping the audience energized from start to finish.
Many sketches lampoon recognizable events and situations like staff meetings, murder mystery parties, community forums, and little league games by adding original and surprising twists to each. Some of the sketches are just completely absurd. While Dang Dumb teeters on the edge of political commentary at times, their satires are never too heavy, which was refreshing in a political climate so bogged down with divisiveness.
While each cast member brings something a bit different to the show, there are opportunities for each to play the straight-man, do something totally left-field, dive into a familiar character type, or demonstrate physical comedic prowess. It is also evident that they actually do like each other a lot; they have great chemistry and work hard to crack each other up as much as the audience.
If you’re looking for some lighthearted entertainment, We Hate Each Other! (But We Love to Laugh) is frivolous and goofy and an absolute blast. They definitely live up to their reputation of being the bad boys of skit comedy.
Fringe review: Dang Dumb: We Hate Eachother (But We Love to Laugh)
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