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MATTHEW’S REVIEW: GrimProv Presents @ Ottawa Fringe 2013

GrimProv Presents has a special treat for all Ottawa Fringers. 9 completely new and unique shows, each show based on a different movie or theatrical device. From James Bond to Requiem for a Dream, to a Silent Movie, one with puppets, and one that is fully the audience’s choice. Each and every show is guaranteed to be improv gold.

Should you see it?


FourThe first key to having a great improv show is to have a great improv team and GrimProv is by far one of the funniest improv teams I have ever had the chance of seeing. I have seen GrimProv before for their Requiem for a Dreamprov show and I have never had such a great time at an improv show before… Well, last night I got to see their James Bondprov and let’s just say that GrimProv keeps getting better. They brought in special guest Al Connors from Crush Improv to play the evil villain. The rest of the cast then took suggestions from the audience about their own character traits and then we got to name the show.

Our show was James Bond in Magic Fuzzy. It was brilliantly funny and witty. It’s so hard to judge an improv show, as each and everyone will be different and so rather than judge the show you have to judge the performers and three regulars are phenomenal. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so well that if one drops a beat, another picks it up within milliseconds to keep the laughs coming.

This show was gut-wrenchingly funny and if I could go and see every single show they do I would, in a heartbeat. I am definitely planning on seeing at least one more show of theirs throughout the Fringe run. If you don’t get out and see GrimProv than you are missing out on a phenomenal Fringe show and your experience will not be as good as it could be.

But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Tell me in the comments below.

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About Matthew Champ

Matthew Champ is the lead movie reviewer for Production Ottawa's Should You See It team, making sure that you know whether or not these movies or plays are worth spending your time or money on. He is also on 101.9 Dawg FM every Friday morning at 7:10 AM chatting movies with Dylan Black. You can follow him on Twitter @matthewschamp.


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