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The Pat and Tyler Show 

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The Pat and Tyler Show, Head Cheese-Fat Boss Productions, at Frankie J's MethaDome Theatre. This late-night sketch-comedy show is a lot like channel surfing--except that there's something good on most of the channels here, mimicking different kinds of TV shows with great wit and silliness. The Monty Python-esque "British Insult Theatre," a "Cereal Killers" crime show interviewing the belligerent bunny who killed kids who wouldn't share their Trix, and an infomercial for a "normal machine" promising 12 hours of happily mindless conformity all benefit from hilarious characterizations relying on familiar types and consistently funny writing.

The central program is a documentary on the road to success for Patrick Z and Tyler B, a "dynamic duo of comedy" who recollect the good old days of their early career with dry humor. Pat Zelinski and Tyler Bohne play themselves--that is, themselves having achieved comic greatness (they concede "it wasn't always limelight and fame"). They also impersonate people they've known along the way, such as a loyal neighborhood friend and two wise guys with a "who's on first?"-style routine about a rental car.

The show, written by Zelinski and Bohne with additional material by Kevin Foose, offers an eclectic hour of comedy. Danna Southard and Jennifer Koppa round out the risk-taking cast, but the show's success really rests on the chemistry between the talented titular twosome.


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