We all know the show must go on, but can you pull off sketch comedy without one cast member? Brilliant troupe Skippy's Rangers managed Friday night when one of their quartet, The Road To Avonlea's Jonathan Crombie, ended up in hospital.What was supposed to be a two-hour show got scaled back to 50 minutes, but it was filled with some of the strongest material seen on the Tim Sims stage in years.
Skippy's delivers beautifully crafted, old-fashioned comedy that plays up the members' strengths. Bob Martin's good at getting inside slightly bewildered characters, like his bookworm who subs for a radio sports announcer, or his sinister blind-date-from-hell. Paul O'Sullivan plays the goofy card with comic genius, and the wild-eyed Lisa Lambert writes lyrics and delivers songs like no one else in the city. Her satiric ditty about the war - wanna rhyme with Baghdad? - and the closing number about audience participation are comedy classics.
Sketch isn't as popular as it was before. And many sketch troupes deliver good premises that fizzle fast. Let's hope the Rangers regroup again soon - with Crombie, who's doing fine and made Saturday's late-night set.