BWW Review: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2017: PAJAMA MEN - PTERODACTYL NIGHTS at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

BWW Review: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2017: PAJAMA MEN - PTERODACTYL NIGHTS at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival CentreReviewed by Christine Pyman, Friday 16th June 2017.

Pajama Men are two comedians, Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez. There's an insanity of humour here, in Pterodactyl Nights, encompassing a modern slapstick ethos with an intensity of physicality, vocal sound effects and plasticity of expressions. Rapid-fire wit takes us on a trip which, not coincidentally, the show is based on, an aeroplane trip which doesn't happen. The two comedians played multiple characters, changing seats, accents, sparring with words, in a performance that went from the obviously well prepared to the ad-libbed responses to each others' wit.

One-liners and non-sequitur statements filled the hour, including some beautifully funny audience parodies of viewers that didn't get the humour, and puppetry without a puppet. There were segues into grossly physical humour to audible gasps of horror from the audience, and segments reminiscent of The Late Show.

Overall, this was a classically American style of cascading skits, with individual segments alone worth the price of the tickets. The 'magic daddy' card sharp segment was a total delight to behold, and we delighted in the cringe-worthy factor of embarrassment before we were swept away by the sheer energy of seemingly never ending, amazing card shuffles; with non-existent cards, I might add.

The animal handler interviews provided moments of joy as an ongoing part of the TV interview interludes. This show took off, even though the aeroplane didn't, from the beginning sketch of a hostess offering drinks to the gross Colonel, to said Colonel returning stolen aeroplane keys to the pilot at the end. American humour, well worth indulging in.


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