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Shantz Theatre

Mike & Matt

Location + schedule

U of M Rarig Center Thrust
330 21st Ave. S, Main Floor

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Friday 8/65:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/710:00 p.m.  
Monday 8/97:00 p.m.  
Thursday 8/127:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/152:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 16+
Solo, Comedy, Family, Relationships

Written by Mike Fotis & Matt Fotis
From Columbia, MO

Overall rating


"Very funny." - Star Tribune

"A riff on life experiences with much self-effacing charm and good energy. Straightforward and refreshingly simple. Natural and funny." - Minnesota Examiner

Brothers. Stories. Failure. An evening with a little bit of all three featuring Mike and Matt Fotis. Join the brothers Fotis as they explore family, responsibility and growing up Fotis.

Fringe festival favorites and Fotis brothers Mike and Matt are joining forces for a storytelling extravaganza. Fans of Mike's wildly successful An Intimate Evening with Fotis storytelling powerhouse need not fret, for Mike is back...and fans of Shantz Theatre's unique brand of comedy are sure to be in for a treat with Matt's return to Minnesota. And you never really know just what might happen when a pair of Fotis (Foti/Fotis's/Fotises/etc) take the stage.

One sits. One stands. The world will never be the same.

What's being said about the Fotis boys?

"Matt Fotis is brilliant." - Nuvo

"Mike Fotis, a Brave New Workshop regular who stamped his Fringe identity through the schizo duo Ferrari McSpeedy, moves more while seated than many dance companies do on their feet. The movement comes through wit, pacing, expression and inflection – all honed through years of high-level comic craftsmanship." - Pioneer Press

Their shows have been recommended by The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Nuvo, KC Stage, MetroMix, The Red Eye, and You read that right,

This show is part of the Rockstar Storytellers Fringe Passport 2 series. For more information, visit

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Mike Fotis
Role: Writer/Performer
Mike Fotis is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop as well as a highly successful Fringe performer. He has appeared in the Punk Rock Trilogy with Ferrari McSpeedy, and has been a Fringe favorite in recent years with his wildly entertaining and popular storytelling show An Intimate Evening with Fotis.

Matt Fotis
Role: Writer/Performer
Matt Fotis is an award winning playwright and solo performer. He's returning to the Fringe after a three year absence and is glad to be bringing Shantz Theatre back to Minneapolis.

User reviews

by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Funny and strangely true stories told by two brothers that obviously have a great chemistry together. They have a great gift for comedy. Very enjoyable

They are Very Good
by Liz Floyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Compared to so many other shows there is a lot more action and other things to catch. Personally I am missing most of my childhood memories. So it is neat to see brothers that can share their stories very well on stage, but then it stirs an inner conflict within me. A persons enjoyment of this show is of course a personal opinion as all of the reviews from anyone may be.

by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I was first introduced to Mike Fotis in his "Intimate Evening" format, which requires only a table, chair, and a binder with a story in it. He's a master of the form, and I was glad to see him return to it, albeit breifly, at the top of MIKE & MATT.

After that, we basically met the brothers, and got to hear some crazy true (?) stories from their childhood. It was simple, easy, and very enjoyable.

Matt ended the night with a more serious and more structured bit of storytelling which was compelling if at times limited by its own style. But still, definitely an enjoyable time, and a fascinating insight into what makes Fotii Fotii.

I guess you had to be there
by Kathy Douglass Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I felt like I was on a blind date with Adam Sandler and David Spades’ less talented brothers. I kept praying for my phone to ring and have it be Mo Rocca or David Sedaris offering me an escape.
Maybe if I were a guest at the Fotis Family Thanksgiving, or a member of the Fotis family itself I would have enjoyed these “funny to the family only” stories. But I was as interested in their tales of lego’s, camping, bathtub antics and their family truckster as I was in the guy sitting behind me. It was like somebody tells you the hysterical thing that happened last Christmas and you don’t laugh and then they say “I guess you had to be there.” Yeah, Fotis’s. I guess you had to be there…living your life…growing up with you wacky, wacky guys to want to reminisce.
I was going to go with 2 kitties, so the third kitty is just for the last story. The rest of the show was only 2 kitty worthy.

Pete and Repeat
by Ronald Laudner Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Just because you're Fotis doesn't give you license to ramble on about stories when you were a kid... frankly stories just like we all had. They are somwhat meaningless dribble that have to beg for laughs. And reading stories from a book loudly doesn't make them funnier!

Double the Fotis, Double the Fun
by Ashley Schweitzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
There's something in the genes. Although Mike & Matt have very different story telling styles, they share a high strung hilarity that slays me. I've never left a Mike Fotis show disappointed, and if you have we shouldn't be friends.

Good, Solid Storytelling
by Tim Voss Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
One story from each of the Brothers Fotis. Matt was endearing. Mike was a bit wild. Good fun.

Air Sitar
by Knits Giggles Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The brothers Fotis have different styles but both are equally effective. I could personally relate more to Matt's story, but Mike's was still very funny.

Great spoken word production
by Andrew Lechner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
With the format and content of the show, it's kinda like what you'd expect if Spalding Gray and Sara Silverman had two kids together.

Both stories were really compelling, especially Matt's, as he describes a situation that I'll probably find myself in not too long from now.

If it was on TV, I'd watch it a second time.

An Evening with the Fotis Bro's
by Ernest Briggs Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I can't really say too much other than, I am always blown away by Mikes ability to sit and simply tell stories and make me laugh, I had no idea his brother was just as funny, with his own delivery and storytelling manner, I highly recomend this show for everyone, laughs for everyone, two fotis brothers make for an an hour of funny story telling and interesting self realizations!

Funny Fotis
by John Bornes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Lots of funny stuff here from the Fotis brothers. Matt's story was very charming and funny and Mike's energy and in your face style is always very funny. Definetly recommend this one.

by Alan Cloud Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fringers are well accquainted with Mike Fotis & his exuberant telling of outlandish stories. Now meet his sedate, Seinfeldian younger brother Matt!
Both brothers are fine story tellers. Matt kicked off their hour with a hilarious running story of pregnancy, from the moment they learned "they" were pregnant (Matt really hates that!), to the delivery. Then Mike came in with an abbreviated "Intimate Evening with Fotis" delivery with his usual fervor. All in all, it was a fine show & shouldn't be missed

twice the fotis fun
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
this show deserves more overall kitties and bigger audiences. matt is a fine storyteller with a funny story to tell, and his use of cups and glasses to differentiate the various characters in a crowded dining scene is brilliant. my only disappointment was that the two-year-old "baby sotis" didn't toddle onstage for a curtain call. mike is great, so much incredible narrative energy that if he didn't sit at the table and read - tried to act it out instead - he'd probably implode. try to squeeze this one in if you can.

Two Fotiseseses (Fotii?), Two Stories
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Humor and storytelling ability must be a principle component of Fotis genes. Matt told a story (with many tangents) about becoming a dad, Mike told a story about a car trip back to MN from Illinois. Funny stuff!

Stop Playing Air Sitar
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Mike and Matt Sotis… er, Fotis… each tell a story about embarrassing yet important incidents in their lives. Matt's story, about his wife having his first child, is tender and very funny. Mike's story, about hitting a deer while returning to Minneapolis, is in the same style as his one person shows of yore: He sits behind a table and reads emotionally (though no bass). The brothers are each amusing in their own way. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Longer reviews with pictures at Baron Dave's LiveJournal and snarky comments on Facebook.

Of Course You'll Laugh
by Judith Martin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I learned several years ago that a Fotis sitting at a table reading could be hilarious.... turns out that a Fotis moving around, not reading his stuff, is also funny. These stories are very different: Mike's is his usual not-quite-grown up schtick; Matt's is about coming to grip with adult responsibilities. They add up to an hour of very good humor.

good story telling
by Clark Kinser Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I can't think of much to add that the other reviews haven't already said.
Definately some laughs to be had here.
When I saw it, the rest of the audience seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Storytelling Runs in the Family
by Melissa Beukema Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I enjoyed both Matt & Mike's stories although their styles are quite different.

As usual, Mike cleverly brought his humorous take on the everyday to the table.

I was especially engaged by Matt's story given his use of the stage and building of suspense by moving back and forth in chronology.

I would love to meet their parents! It would also be interesting to see them try telling a story together/blend their different styles.

Fun and down to earth.
by Heather Meyer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Fun, non-pretentious storytelling from both Mike and Matt.

Mike sat down. Matt stood-up. When Matt performs as the characters in his story, it's kind of like he is channeling Adam Sandler.

And maybe he is.

Three kitties.

Wonderful storytelling
by Sarah Holmberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I knew going in that I would love Mike's section, finding him hilarious (visit his blog! So funny!) in general, and in this show specifically. I wasn't sure what to expect from Matt, but I found him charming and just as funny, though with a completely different energy on stage. The dinner scene in Matt's story was particularly well done.

Wandering tales
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Two tellers, two unrelated stories. They engage and entertain, but not especially memorable. The second story, by Matt, about Baby Sotis, was the more complete tale.

Matt Rocks, Mike sits.
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Really two shows on one bill. Matt - the younger and less well known does a fine stand up that is touching, funny, poignant and topical. He gets 4 kitties. Mike the famous and very skilled one does not show up his brother, and abandoning his improv skills, sits behind a table for an "Evening with Fotis" style stress voiced reading of a rant from a loose leaf notebook. He gets 2 kitties for being lazy and only mildly amusing. 3 kitties is the average.

Funny Enough
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I can relate more to Mike's story than to Matt's.
3 Kittens because this is becoming a cut-throat year for awesome shows at the Fringe.
See Speech!

Another great story from Mike Fotis
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was my seventh show today, so I could have easily been storied-out, but I adored Mike's story, as always. I think I would have enjoyed Matt's tale more if it had been first (and edited a bit more). Mike's engaging, energetic delivery and incredible writing skills make him a hard act to follow. It would have been fun to have seen them on stage together for a story, too.

Funny, but...
by Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Mike's half was really funny- he's a great storyteller, and he pulled a lot of material out of one not-that-interesting situation, so bravo. Matt was more physical but prone to comedic tangents that often distracted rather than added to his story. The two stories seemed to have no connection to each other, which is too bad. A little more cohesion as a performance would have gone a long way.

Hey Mikey he likes it!
by evelyn blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
One would never know that Mike Fotis has two shows in the fringe by the abundance of energy he had tonight! Where I have a soft spot for Mike Fotis, I must say that talent does run high in his family, I thought Matt Fotis held his own next to his locally famous brother! Pure fun, and a great end to my evening tonight!

Mike and Matt Sotis made me laugh.
by Scott Linke Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Mike made me laugh harder even though he didn't memorize his story again... He is a phenomenal story teller, never ceases to make me nearly wet myself. Matt was there too, he was kinda funny.

An Intimate Evening with Fotii
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great fun from this talented family! Having just come from Pizza Luce, we found Matt's story of visiting with his folks to be particularly ironic as well as well-done.

More Mike, less Matt
by Dave Larson Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I loved the Mike Fotis half - he brings a nervous energy to his stories, which are about goofy nothing incidents blown all out of proportion. The Matt Fotis half - meh. It's a stereotypical story about becoming a father, and it's performed in a low key and kind of dull way. If you like Mike, go with an Ultra Pass or Rush Pass.

Talented brothers
by Nick Vetter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
There are plenty of laughs in this two-part show. Although they are brothers, these fellows have very different styles. Matt's delivery is more planned, and he weaves together his narrative successfully through several discontiguous transitions. Mike's presentation is more of a fasten-the-seatbelts, step-on-the-gas laugh fest. A very enjoyable show!

very funny family
by Michelle Walter Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I liked Matt's half better, but they were both very funny.

Go! See! Laugh!
by Kelly McGrath Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show was great. The whole thing was funny with substance. Mike's story in particular struck a note with me as I'm currently planning a road trip, hopefully with a better ending than his...

I wish the show had been more of half and half. I enjoyed Matt's performance, but I kept wondering when Mike was going to come on stage.

I'm just happy to be alive...
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
... so that I could see this show.

Brothers Matt & Mike have such contrasting styles as storytellers that it's actually a little discordant when they switch-off midway through the show. But there's also something charming and a little bit true about that -- a brotherly divide that somehow makes up a whole.

That's actually a pretty good description of this show: Charming and true. And also funny. And heartwarming.

I've been getting a healthy dose of laughs during this Fringe Festival, and I'm happy to report that Mike & Matt supply far more than their fair share. Any show that can leave you chuckling and quoting your favorite lines hours later is well worth your time.

Mike & Matt is well worth your time.

by m. freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Brothers Mike and Matt each present a monologue about a moment in life that offers a significant insight into their personas.

The second piece is more compelling, however lacks the spontaneity of the first, which does a beautiful job of lampooning the author's parents, to the point of dragging on a bit.

Good, and I laughed quite a lot, however there are more impressive works at the festival.

A lot of potential, but...
by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Matt drags Mike down.

Dynamic Dou...
by Chase McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I saw Mike Fotis back in 2008 in one of his solo shows and when I saw that not only he, but his brother Matt, would be doing a show this year, I had to be there. These guys are hilarious story tellers. Matt started the show off with a great story about his first adventure in fatherhood. I loved Matt's deliverance of the whole thing. His awkwardness on stage made the story even more enjoyable. My only complaint is not being able to hear him at times and I was relatively close to the stage. Mike was up next and as usual, he delivered his story sitting down reading from a binder. It...was...hysterical! Nuff said...go see this show!

The Brothers Do It Again
by Karen Aguirre Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Wonderful storytelling that causes great belly laughs while touching the heart! So glad I got to see their opening night. Highly recommend and I wouldn't mind seeing this one again!!!