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Show reviews by Ben Thietje

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 5 kitties
It's insane to give this anything less than 5 kitties. You won't see anything better at this year's festival.

The Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping Platypus
My Fam Will Eat This Show Up! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 5 kitties
I'm going back a second time and I'll be bringing my parents along. They love Arnie Roos and platypuses, so...better luck next time, Spermalot.

Comedy Go!
They Both Have Beards Now by Ben Thietje
Rating: 5 kitties
"45 minutes of improv?" I said to myself, "There's just no way". Well there is a way. And it's an awesome way. Mike and Joe did it! They really, really did it! I'm so happy.

An Intimate Evening With Fotis Part III
Who Knew Reading Could Be So Cool? by Ben Thietje
Rating: 5 kitties
People were laughing and cheering and crying and then laughing again. Even the way he drinks water is fascinating!

Squawk
Penguins Are Hot by Ben Thietje
Rating: 5 kitties
There's a little too much bunraku in this year's festival, but please...don't let that stop you from seeing this awesome show. It's about as solid as shows get at the Fringe Festival.

Buyer's Remorse
Moulds + Landman = I Laugh by Ben Thietje
Rating: 5 kitties
The postcard is the only thing I didn't like about this show.

Auntie Dorris' You May Not Wanna Know but I'm Gonna Tell You Anyway A-thon
She's Not Really 80 by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
This show was very fun. Weird? Um...yes. But still very fun. It's nice to see people appreciating this type of zany humor. These two are great!

The Curse of Yig
Snakes On A Stage! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
Tim Uren is awesome. Amy Schweickhardt is also awesome. Snakes, however, are not cool with me at all. Ish.

Something Witchy
Slow Creep by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
It took a little while to get going, but when it finally did, I was adequately creeped out.

This Show Will Change Your Life!
Florence's Review Changed My Life! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
This show was great. Scotty and Dave had the audience eating out of the palm of their hand from the beginning to the end. It's really fun to watch these pros work. Aaron is right, this is not ground-breaking. But why does it need to be? I guess if you're name is David Mann, you're not allowed to relax and just have a bit of fun..?

Slow Jobs: Servicing America for $12 an Hour
Jobs! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
Solid storytelling. I laughed a lot and even clapped several times.

Like a Virgin
I Like the Word "Cheeky" by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
This was my first time seeing Jimmy Hogg perform and I was not disappointed. He's a very funny guy and a fun personality on stage. If you said "Ben, should I see this show?" I would say "Yes, complete stranger. You should."

Untitled Duet with Houseplant
He's So Tall! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 4 kitties
As odd as I found it at times, the amazing amount of heart, personality, and inventiveness of Noah Bremer eventually won me over. The houseplant, however, needs coaching.

WORD
They Spin on Their Heads! by Ben Thietje
Rating: 3 kitties
This show was clunky at times, but holy crap was the dance cool. The crazy hip-hop sections at the beginning and end is what this show needs more of. Wow!

Thin Mint
Weird Beyond Their Years by Ben Thietje
Rating: 3 kitties
These kids are crazy-cool. It's not as good as Audish (maybe my favorite show from 2008), but it still had plenty of awesome crazy to keep me entertained. Bakery Theatre Company...don't you ever die.

That Chair Was My Wife
Well, I've Never Seen THAT Before. by Ben Thietje
Rating: 2 kitties
He raped a chair.