PO PO MO CO present Recreation & Leisure delivers an hour of more than a dozen outrageous, baffling, grotesque, and over-the-top if not impossible to define sketches.
The Queer Post-post Modern Comedy (PO PO MO CO) troupe exists to address three major questions. What is Art? What is Comedy? What is…Art? They also exist probably to confuse you. Certainly, to make you laugh. Any pretense to academic seriousness discarded and set aside.
PO PO MO CO is essentially a variety act, a neo-vaudeville buffet of absurdist physical comedy, musical numbers, and character comedy. If there is a common theme that links one unpredictable piece to the other, it is a queer counterculture. Each sketch only takes a few minutes, but all are delivered with spirited good-natured enthusiasm that never feels serious or proselytizing.
Some memorable moments were the most passive-aggressive and cringe-worthy drunk speech by a best man (played by a woman) to the bride and groom; and a particularly hilarious skewering of motherhood, where two grotesque babies let on what is really going on at home.
Opening to a packed and very receptive audience, guffaws and roars of laughter were non-stop. If you are not easily offended and willing to keep an open mind, then PO PO MO CO might easily be one of the funniest hours you have at Fringe.
Christian G. is an international man of mystery; lover of books, cats and the performing arts; moonlighting as a finance professional by day.
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