The Chris and Paul Show
Almost (great) silent comedy
This article is from 2012.
This north American comedy duo have got two very good things going for them: they’re pretty adept at performing silent comedy and they’re reminiscent of that great post-war double act Abbot and Costello. But they really need to tighten up their act. For a start, they don’t seem to be able to decide whether they are silent comics or whether they’re loud, whoop-it-up stand-up comics. So what we get are slices of inspired silent comedy sandwiched between run-of-the-mill ‘talkie’ sketches. Second, Chris and Paul need to speed up their changeover between sketches – the audience was getting bored looking at too much empty stage. And third, these boys need to get rid of surplus to requirements material that makes some of their routines run longer than they ought to.
When Chris and Paul are good, however, they’re really very entertaining. They’ve developed a nice big kid stage persona (reminiscent of funny guy Costello if not straight man Abbot), and they use that to quite charming effect. They just need to shape up their material.
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