This week has been full of rain less nights, something I appreciated walking down to Q Theatre to see Humble the latest show for sketch trio Frickin Dangerous Bro. There was a light breeze coming from the North East at 11Km/h, temperature a nice 17ºC. (which Google confirmed was accurate, and that it did indeed feel like 17ºC)
It was fairly warm in the Loft at Q Theatre, humidity sitting at 79%. As we sat awaiting FDB, we were treated to some rap music as background noise, which fit the aesthetic; particularly as my friend Craig pointed out, that Humble is the name of a popular Kendrick Lamar song (I had only personally only heard King Kunta in passing).
The stage had fittings traditionally associated with sketch comedy, chairs and a podium. In the corner a projector indicating an audio visual element to the show.
The lights went down, out came the FDB trio Jermaine Ross, Pax Assadi and James Roque for their opening sketch, a courtroom scene with an interesting message about racial identity. This was a running theme throughout the show, a lot of the sketches touched on racial stereotypes and the nature of changing attitudes.
In addition to long form sketches, the show also contained something the group dubbed “micro sketches” a segment of short sketches, essentially quick fire set up and punchline in sketch form.
These sketches were all of course, so funny that they made your body convulse, and even made me do my embarrassing laugh, something that has become a make shift barometer for me this festival. This is par for the course for FDB, for the last three years I have been coming to their festival shows, and every time they have smashed it out of the park.
I was especially impressed with their interactions between the trio between the sketches, effortlessly bantering between themselves and the audience, with even the tech guys getting involved in the action, with spectacular comic timing. Frickin Dangerous Bro have fantastic chemistry, able to bounce off each other, and know where it was appropriate to ad lib, managing to crack up themselves and the audience, adding to the feeling of spontaneity.
There aren’t many sketch troops in Auckland, which I think is a shame, as a massive fan of the medium. Frickin Dangerous Bro more than fill that niche, with style, all the while making sure they do so with a little humility.
I would recommend this show to anyone, as funny is funny, but in particular fans of sketch comedy.
When: 10PM, 9 – 12 May
Where: Loft at Q Theatre
- Excellent Chemistry
- Top Class Sketches
- Hilarious Call Backs