Vest of Friends
Highs and Lows
but Toronto's Vest of Friends a breath of fresh, funky air
by Caitlin Murphy
The evening’s last troupe, Toronto’s Vest of Friends, thus arrived like a breath of fresh, funky air.
The three member Lady Business kicked off the evening well. Their material, mostly rooted in comedy of contrasts – a rapping nun, a 6 year-old mafia boss, trailer trash economy experts – quickly got the audience onboard. Their writing is considered and well-developed; one of the most original sketches – featuring seamen’s wives pining by the shore for the return of their husbands’ ship – with a bit more spit-and-polish, could be brilliant. Frustratingly though, the ladies are often rather staid in their delivery; busting out their business with more brio would immediately up their game.
For a form that can appear so casual and cool, footloose and fancy free, sketch comedy requires at base a whole lot of discipline, commitment and focus. As with people who ‘wanna be in a band,’ often those drawn to doing sketch are compelled by reasons that can actually be at odds with those drawn to watching it.