Chris Wilson (left) and Peter Carlone get ready to release comedy superpowers.
Peter n' Chris call themselves a sketch troupe, but most of their shows are full-length plays. They're comedies, mind you, but still longish works with one narrative that loops around and toys with structure, character and point of view.
"That's sort of become the Peter n' Chris style," says Peter Carlone, from Vancouver.
"A lot of it came from our theatre training at the University of Victoria," pipes in Chris Wilson, who just moved to Toronto from out west.
"We did movement classes and got to riff on audience perspective, slow and fast motion."
Those theatrical touches add special zing to shows like Peter N' Chris And The Mystery Of The Hungry Heart Motel - a spoof of the Hardy Boy mysteries - and the surreal Peter N' Chris Save The World, both of which played the Toronto Fringe.
Now they're back at the Toronto Sketch Fest with Peter N' Chris Explore Their Bodies, which they promise won't be X-rated.
"The only suggestive thing about the show is the title," says Carlone. "We try to avoid lowest-common-denominator humour."
Instead, they're using Game Of Thrones, The Lord Of The Rings and The Chronicles Of Narnia as inspirations for the show, which chronicles what happens when Chris is feeling sick and Peter tries to make him better.
"I'm wearing a housecoat cuz I'm sick, but once we establish this medieval world, it becomes a fantastical flowing robe," says Wilson in an exaggerated high-toned accent that shows off his thespian training.
When I mention that their best work takes you back to that sense of childhood play - just kids making shit up - Carlone laughs.
"One of the unspoken ideas of Peter n' Chris is that they're either going on all these adventures or they're messing around in their living room," he says. "You can decide which it is. It's like a Calvin and Hobbes thing."
While the duo has branched out into other genres - they've recently written for The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio - they're interested in creating more online content and hope to eventually land a TV series.
"We'd love to end up with a Comedy Network show," says Wilson.
"Yes," says Carlone. "Then it'll all be over. We won't have to work again."