Dicky Dicky Review

Brianna McFarlane

You don’t often see sketch comedy at the Ottawa Fringe, but let me be amongst the many who have touted Dicky Dicky as one of the best comedic shows at this year’s festival. Dicky Dicky, written by nine individuals, performed by Ray Besharah and David Bennedict Brown and directed by Melanie Karin is an hour-long, knee-slapping, side-splitting, giggle-inducing adventure. I highly recommend this show especially if you are a fan of anything slapstick, though it might not be the perfect show for people who prefer a more witty or situational comedic style. Either way, you are going to want to get tickets early for this one because rumour has it they’ve been selling out.

Upon entering the Courtroom at Arts Court you are given two tokens which come into play at the very end of the show where you are required to vote for one or two of your favourite skits. The writer of the sketch that receives the most votes receives a share of the profits. An interesting and unique model that directly implicates the audience and demands that they pay attention, it creates excitement for the upcoming scenes and forces the audience members to make semi-critical decisions on the fly.

The sketches themselves are mostly very well written, and come from writers who obviously know their comedy. Out of the nine bits there is only one, “Kitten Kaboodle”, that I feel falls short of the rest, though the actors do a great job with it anyways. Regardless, the strongest characteristic to the writing in this show is that it is fresh and new. I am hard-pressed to find any references to other works or comedians in this show and I would argue that this is some of the most original comedic writing that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing.

What I appreciate most about this show is the performers’ commitment to every single one of their characters. Each character is completely different from the next, and it is clear that their physicality and speech are drawn from real life, albeit exaggerated to the nth degree, which is the source of the piece’s humour. Besharah and Brown play off each other beautifully and their chemistry on stage is matched perhaps only by GRIMprov and May Can Theatre.

All in all, this is a show that completely meets all expectations: it has great writing, strong acting and direction, and above all else, it’s hilarious in the extreme. Bravo Garkin Productions, ENCORE!

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