Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fringe 2009 - FFA 2 - The Pizpor Show

"My kind of crowd. Locked in."

The Pizpor Show

The Pizpor Show

Street theater brought indoors. The good news is you won't have to tip these guys after the show.

A vagabond street magician, and his sidekick, The Pizpor Orchestra, travel the countryside seeking out gigs that won't check references.

Yes, there are other uses for animal balloons, bananas and squeaky rubber dog toys! Lowbrow theater for the rest of us. It isn't really that bad...It's just Pizpor. Come see what everyone is complaining about.

Every show - somebody in the audience wins a small cheap pizpor prize, so get really excited about that.

Hecklers beware. You may get wet. But for the rest of you, feel free to shout out "Pizpor!" when asked "What kind of show are you at?" (that's the 'interactive' part that we mentioned somewhere else. Get over it Minnesotans - let it out - you can do it!!)

Oh, one last thing - that thing where it says 'improv,' that's just because we never know if any of the tricks will actually work.

It's a Pizpor show. What more do you need to know?

A friend, afterward, picking up the show postcard from the table in the lobby, stated, "I was expecting to hate this, but I actually didn't."

Damning with faint praise?

The Fringe's YouTube page should have the Fringe-For-All clip up in the coming days, so check back there and decide for yourself.

Meantime, I can't say I had a strong feeling about this one, one way or the other. The performer had his schtick down, but he also seemed used to being a bit more free-form and not wedging part of his act into a three minute window. (He does, if the website is to be believed, quite literally perform on street corners and dodge the attention of suspicious police cars.) To his credit, he saw the yellow light and immediately wound down, not wanting to push his luck into the red light zone.

Laid back vaudeville parlor tricks, dressed up in homeless person fashion (will perform magic for food). Only you can know if such a thing would appeal to you. There's plenty of online resources to help you decide...

His website -

His show page

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