NOTHING SACRED FOR THIS TRIO - 5 STARS
This is sketch comedy at its silliest, nerdiest--and raunchiest. The Vancouver trio of Darren H. Williams, Michael John Unger and Jackie Blackmore offer their own twisted takes on sacred characters from our childhood, including He-Man, Superman and Hal 9000. Not even Sylvia Plath, armless dentists, chairs, or even Body Break's Joanne McLeod and Hal Johnson are safe from The Skinny's warped sense of humour. I can't reveal too much - I don't want to spoil their jokes - but you'll lose a few pounds from their one-hour abdominal workout. Expect these Edmonton Fringe newbies to become staples in the years to come.
- Sandra Sperounes, Edmonton Journal
FRINGE: BEST OF THE FESTIVAL - 5 STARS
Like any good sketch comedy, this play begins with nipple tassels and a couple banana hammocks. The three actors that comprise “The Skinny” are both witty and funny, their stage chemistry only enhancing the comedy. If you want to see Nancy Drew and Frank Hardy finally hook up or figure out just why Luke Skywalker ended up with Leia then this is the show for you. I nevitably, some sketches are far superior to others, but what other show will allow you to see an 8-Mile-style face-off between Sylvia Plath and William S. Burroughs? Move over, Seth Green.
- Kylie Dawn Burton, VUE Weekly
NO FEAR OF A FRINGE PLANET - 4 ½ STARS
Sock garter fetishists take heed: this show is for you! And anyone else who wants to laugh themselves breathless at some rapid-fire sketches and wonderful audience interaction. Check your political correctness at the door and enjoy. The Skinny trio are only so in physicality, as their show is robust and ready to stuff you with chuckles. I’d love to list all the clever pop-culture moments this amazing trio hit on, but that would ruin some amazing setups, so just go see for yourself. I will say that you’ll never watch 2001: A Space Odyssey quite the same way again.
- Bill Stuart, Monday Magazine
THE PLANK PANEL GET THE SKINNY
What The Skinny does is not what most people would consider as sketch comedy. It’s absurd… and very physical in nature. The physicality is one of the strongest points about the show and all of the performers are quite good at it. If you’re looking for MadTV, you’re not going to get it here. And that’s a good thing. That’s not to say The Skinny doesn’t “do” pop culture references. I mean, there’s a sketch about He-Man and another with Star Wars references. These three know what’s funny about these things and how to draw the audience into the show with such pieces. And they keep you interested with some excellent writing, instead of hitting you over the head with a punch-line. I really liked the not-so-obvious ones, like The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew bit and a hilarious beat poet jam. I’m not going to tell how that one ends but it’s both tragic AND funny. This show is kinetic, frenetic and smart. Clocking in at 45 minutes, it didn’t seem nearly that long. The Skinny comes highly recommended.
- Mike Vardy & Paul McKinnon, Plank Magazine