By Amy Nancarrow.
The best part about Fringe time is stumbling upon an act that you never expected would knock your socks off. Zach and Viggo: Thunderflop is an inventive, hilarious, and irreverent performance that received a standing ovation at the end of the funniest shows this reviewer has seen in a long time.
Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn manage to draw their audience in using interesting ways: the beginning of the show sees them introduce their “guests of honour”, turning one audience member into a mouse in a seemingly fleeting skit that comes into play later in the evening, and their half-time “Kiss Cam”, that made one audience member laugh so much and so loudly that the entire show had to stop and wait for her to finish.
Incorporating physical comedy into their skits proves to be hilarious both when it does and doesn’t work. “A Day at the Beach” drew hoots and cheers from the audience when Viggo needed four takes to finish the skit, and Zach’s “Claw Machine” was yet another inventive and side-splitting way to get an unwitting audience member on stage and in Viggo’s arms. Their physical comedy is also creative, with one memorable skit seeing them control items of clothing to map out a love story.
The best skit of the night had to be their “Stereotypical Stand-Up” skit. Each comic takes a turn at the mic, with every ‘joke’ punctured with a quick snippet of “Bugatti” by Ace Hood and some hilarious twerking and club dance moves from the boys, and by the end the audience was double over in their seats.
Do yourself a favour and go and see Zach and Viggo in their quirky, slapstick, tongue-in-cheek glory. Their charm, wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will win you over.
Kryztoff Rating: 4.5K