Jape Presents: The Grapes of Khan is a great sketch comedy show. As I walk in, I’m not having the greatest day; so I’m a little reluctant to let my guard down at first. However, I really can’t help but laugh out loud (including a bit of laugh-clapping) for the rest of the show.
I really enjoy that they know exactly when to end a joke, with the exception of maybe a couple skits. Once the joke is made, they move on instead of trying to milk it for all they can.
I appreciate that they are not relying on easy humour, not a lot of slapstick or crudeness. Also not solely driven by pop culture, which is more commonly occurring these days.
The Grapes of Khan is not overly complex or deep. And it is sketch comedy at the end of the day, but it requires the comedians to earn our laughs. And I certainly think that they do.
Near the end there are a couple self-referential skits which bring the whole show together. Instead of a bunch of short independent skits, we end up with some substance, well, as much as you can have in a sketch comedy show!
Jape Presents: The Grapes of Khan is playing at Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George St.)
Thu, July 14 6:00 PM
Sat, July 16 7:00 PM
Sun, July 17 4:00 PM
All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only).
Advance tickets are $11, available online at www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062, in person at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street