Two Weird Ladies / Falcon Powder Comedy Bar, Toronto ON, March 15
Published Mar 16, 2015This show had two very different acts. In the first half, there were Two Weird Ladies, a fittingly titled duo with exaggerated physical comedy and many props, who picked at the everyday for amusement. In the latter half, there was Falcon Powder, a troupe of three people who interspersed their set with short, informercial-like speeches about various phenomena on Earth from salesmen who behaved like B-movie doctors, and used lots of elaborate lighting. Although they were complete opposites, they fit together well: each covered areas the other had not, thus creating a fun show that was rich with a diversity of comedic sensibilities.
Two Weird Ladies provided good mainstream comedy that highlighted familiar topics. Instead of acting out the cliché of a bad blind date, they did a sketch in which they got so nervous about what they would wear to their double date that one of them ended up wearing a bathing suit. Similarly, their sketch about office gossip surprised the crowd with a twist that revealed that the two of them had worked together to make a co-worker to lose custody of her children. Lastly, they revitalized the trope of the friendly competition between the U.S. and Canada with their comical version of a reality show where both countries compete to be "America's Next Top America," and America shoots Canada to make sure that they win.
Falcon Powder performed some very edgy and absurd hilarity that got such big responses from the crowd that many scenes required long pauses for laughter. Their versatility was admirable: their material ranged from musical comedy to gallows humour to absurdism. Some of the best parts of their set included their sketch where two talented scat musicians record a ridiculous jingle, and a brilliantly blue scene where a euthanasiast awkwardly tells a dying man that he promised his accountant that he could have sex with his corpse. Additionally, their bit where three best friends go from asking each other about their wives to confessing to massive crimes and revealing to each other that they were all undercover law enforcement officials was fantastically clever.