Five thoughts on...Yori Yori Love Chat with Luisa and Pat
Andrew Mickel6 August 2013
The noisiest comics in the business team up...
Chat, chat, chat: if there’s one thing you can rely on Pat Monahan and Luisa Omielan to do, it’s to have a chinwag. It was therefore something of a surprise that they were planning to do an hour together with skits and sketches, because frankly, after the gossiping and the hugging, where would there be the time? Well, never fear: the show’s formatting is essentially a climbing frame to let them clamber all over.
And they really are a hell of a pair together. Monahan’s always been a kid brother who’s had too much sugar - well, here’s his sassy big sister. The two play fight and horse around; the risk would be that this would alienate the audience, but when you’re getting a hug then it’s hard not to feel like this is fun for everyone.
In theory the show is about love, but the times the hour doesn’t work is when the structure sticks too slavishly to the theme and they don’t get a chance to be themselves. A sketch on When Harry Met Sally is about as timely as a joke on royal toe-sucking and doesn’t although their personalities to shine through; the show’s concluding dating conceit is bordering on the same.
But this is ultimately a show about the audience, and - when as is the case in the bulk of the hour - the focus is on them, this is a great chance to see what is probably the best audience interaction on the Free Fringe.
If you can’t see them at their main shows - indeed, even if you can - this is a worthwhile 5pm diversion. Get stuck in fast, it’s gone by the 10th...
Yori Yori is at the Free Sisters at 5pm until August 10th.
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