Speak No Evil
The Fidgets are a Canadian improv comedy group that specializes in entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Their most dangerous sketch: blindfolded and barefoot, performing comedy on a stage full of mousetraps!
Filmed in Vernon, B.C., trio Chris Reid, Dave Lane, and John Hollingsworth take on improvising on the spot in their various skits, producing lots of laughter. They also involve the audience members in a few sketches. Your family will love watching the insanity!
In the opening sequence, a couple of the guys are given sentences to say, and then they must change the last word of the sentences to change it up, and the result is a lot of laughter. The meanings of the sentences can dramatically change. A few of the sentences given to them, for example, are, “I’m a unique commodity,” “I’m one of a kind,” and “I’m special.” Just when you think they couldn’t possibly make some of this impossible stuff funny, they will take a line like, “You have turquoise eye color,” add the word “turtle” for a sea creature, and then describe it as “slimy” and somehow find a laugh in it. Often, it is from the insane sounding sentences or the twist the improv actors give the lines. A couple of other lines given them to work with are, “You’re as smart as a sharp chainsaw,” and “I love you more than gooey Nutella!”
When audience members are called in as volunteers to help with the scenes, the real hysteria begins. In one sketch, a few ladies have to move the guys on stage, actually tap on their legs to get them to walk or lift up their arms to get them to react, and the result is a lot of laughter. One of the scenarios is that a doctor is helping a golfer to be able to follow through in his golf swing without pain. The lady volunteer puts the audience in stitches as she tries to get the actor’s arms in the right position. In another sketch, the actors and volunteers act out such scenes as seeing the Statue of Liberty in New York. It takes a few of the “guessers” a while to figure out that the male standing with his hand up in the arm while pretending to hold something with his other hand is the Statue of Liberty. And the group that does the “marshmallow roasting” at a campfire are fun to watch too. How well does the guessers do in figuring it out? You will have to watch the show to find out, but it is a barrel of fun all along the way.
In another skit, an actor acts as if he’s late for work-showing up at 11 a.m. “Do you know what time we start?” asks the boss. “Before that?!” replies the worker to a lot of audience laughs and giggles. And when an actor winds up on all four on the floor, he’s comically told, “You look like a dog looking for a fire hydrant!”
Without giving all the details away, to elicit the giggles and chuckles they get, these improv actors are good at saying lines just the right way, or over-exaggerating a scene when necessary. When asked by audience members at the conclusion of the performance if they would go see the Fidgets again, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
These sketches are overall wholesome skits, even with a few mild comments like, “How does your butt feel?” The program has merited our Dove seal for All Ages, although young children might not enjoy the humor.
The Dove Take:
Being spontaneous can be funny, and these talented improv actors prove it in this side-splitting program.