What happens when two arch rivals, a comic book hero and a super villain, are double-booked for a convention? The answer is explored in Comic Conned, performed by stand-up stalwarts Geoff Setty and Danny Stinson. Each adopt a character and try to one-up each other to make the best presentation possible while having to be in the same room together.
It is an entertaining collaboration of quips and egos that is at its best when the action is varied, and when the audience is heavily involved and interacted with. It is a show that appears to be developing as the run ensues, and is probably more suited to a quieter venue as the noises of a functioning café and patrons hovering around the entrance may work better for a stand-up gig than the distraction and diminishment it causes for a show with potential like this.
Setty and Stinson do, as expected, show great chemistry and devotion to the cause: the awkwardness and history of these two characters forced to keep the convention running strong. It would be interesting to see where these two performers can take their fun and quirky concept and present it in a different environment with more of a stage to play upon.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.