Peter n' Chris and the Tale of Two Cities

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Peter n’ Chris and the Tale of Two Cities

The award-winning comedy duo is performing in one more show Wednesday night after a successful run at the 2013 Sketch Comedy Festival.

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Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson of the comedy duo Peter n’ Chris.

The Winter Beach Show (with Peter n’ Chris and Friends)
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
March 20, 9:30 p.m.
$10

By the end of last weekend another Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival had come and gone, with more than 50 comedians and sketch troupes from across North America making Toronto a funnier place to be. Among the highlights was Vancouver-based comedy duo Peter n’ Chris, two real-life friends named Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson who have been dominating Fringe Festivals everywhere they go with Best of the Fest and Audience Choice awards.

Although SketchFest is over, Carlone and Wilson have decided to round up some of their funniest friends to put on one last sketch show while they’re all still in Toronto. Wednesday night, Carlone and Wilson will share the Comedy Bar stage with Ashley Comeau, Devon Hyland, Sam Mullins, Colin Munch, and Connor Thompson for the Winter Beach Show. The show will include live sketches, songs, and physical comedy from all seven performers, including at least three short sketches from Peter n’ Chris.

After that performance, Carlone will return to his home in Vancouver, while Wilson remains in Toronto, where he recently moved. It’s quite the separation for the comedy duo that met at the University of Victoria’s acting school in 2005 and has been performing together ever since. But according to the two comedians, this isn’t the end for Peter n’ Chris. They still have goals for the future, including one day performing at the massive Edinburgh Fringe Festival, landing their own TV show, and continuing their annual summer tours of the North American Fringe Festivals.

Toronto will be one of those summer Fringe stops this year, and if you missed their latest show at Sketchfest, you’ll be able to catch it again in July. It’s called Peter n’ Chris Explore Their Bodies, wherein Peter and Chris venture inside Wilson’s body, Magic School Bus–style, to overcome his hypochondria and Carlone’s daddy issues. And we recommend that you make a point of going: the very physical, narrative-driven performance, which includes references to everything from Game of Thrones to The Hunger Games, is a worthy follow-up to last year’s Fringe hit Peter n’ Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel (which can be viewed in full here).

Unlike most sketch troupes, which usually perform a number of short, unrelated sketches during each show, Peter n’ Chris opt to create one full-length performance that follows the same narrative from start to finish. “There are still some sketch elements to it. Every scene has a little game going on that could make it stand alone, but we just wove it into a whole story. So if you’re not liking that particularly game or that scene, that’s fine, because we’re still building the story. And if you don’t like the story, well, you don’t like Peter n’ Chris,” deadpans Carlone.

“That’s okay, not everybody can. But I always take offence,” says Wilson.

When they can’t be in the same city, they spend a lot of time on Skype to stay in touch and even rehearse their material. “We actually used Skype when we were both in Vancouver anyway, because we live at opposite ends of the city and we’re lazy,” jokes Wilson. “Because then you can just hang up and you’re at home—you don’t have to travel back.”

Carlone seems equally convinced that being divided between Vancouver and Toronto won’t hinder their progress. “Most of the work we do happens on our big summer tour, so that’s when we do most of our writing and rehearsing for our shows,” he says.

This is actually good news for Toronto’s comedy scene—not only will we continue to get our regular dose of Peter n’ Chris at the annual Sketchfest and Fringe Festival, but now we can expect to see Wilson popping up in Toronto comedy venues on a more regular basis.

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