REVIEW ‌ Buffoons: Never Gonna Give 

Never Gonna Give is foul-mouthed sketch comedy at its best

Cover Your Ears, Kids…
…As we delve into the intricacies of Buffoons

Buffoons’ latest, Never Gonna Give, is funny. Very, very funny. Although one of a writer’s primary objectives is to stay away from claims of how it’s difficult to write about the subject at hand, sometimes that statement is just unavoidable. It is indeed difficult to elaborate on how the show is funny without ruining surprises for upcoming audiences. But let’s try.
Charlie Sanders, Eugene Cordero, and Bobby Moynihan establish their buffoon status through physical comedy and slapstick, including lots of poking and slapping each other, yet they display nuance and intelligence throughout their sketches.
While men observing pubic hair on an envelope may not sound like subtle humor, it actually is. Their sketches have the audience rolling at the crass humor and appreciating the finer details and themes of the sketches. Hype men, mentally challenged comedians, Bernie Mac, vaudevillians, and electrocution blend with delicate nods to Sandman Sims and racism, empty-headed gullibility, and gluttony. And it’s all insanely fun.
Sanders’ red-faced fury (especially as the eloquent Charles Potamus, who’s vying to be the world’s fattest man), Cordero’s endearing giggling, and Moynihan’s expressiveness help showcase their highly individualized talents and distinct personalities. Their total commitment to characterizations, some of which are outrageous and others more understated, show fine detail. Even their straight-man and background roles are done with much humor and distinctiveness.
Never Gonna Give is screamingly funny. It’s the sketch comedy answer to UCB TourCo’s improv (in fact, Cordero and Moynihan are currently also performing in the TourCo show). Check them out at their last remaining show, and get a taste of yet another distinct variety of first-rate comedy featured at Piccolo Fringe.

Buffoons: Never Gonna Give • Piccolo Spoleto’s Piccolo Fringe • (1 hour) • $15 • June 6 and 7 at 9:30 p.m. • Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. • 554-6060


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