Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

The Smothers Brothers Grimm

Comedy Suitcase

Created by Scrimshaw & Weinhagen

Producer's website

Kids show (12 and under), Comedy, Satire, Literary adaptation

For ages 2+

Examiner calls our show "a triumph of heartfelt humor."

City Pages' Ed Huyck notices the humanity within all our mirth City Pages

Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune calls our show "clever" & "inventive" Star Tribune

Listed as a Best Bet in City Pages
CBS MN guide to Fringe listed us in What to Watch
Vita.MN called our show a Best Bet

Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen - creators of the top selling show of the 2009 Minnesota Fringe, The Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping Platypus- return to the festival with an all ages show about comedy, death and fairy tales… but mostly death.

Ten year-old Milton is a full-fledged comedy geek. His grandfather raised him on the greats; Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers. Now Grandpa is dead. Tomorrow is his funeral. As Milton gets ready for bed, his family tries to comfort him with platitudes and cheery bedtime stories. Determined to honor his Grandpa's memory, Milton takes these stories in a decidedly different direction...

Join Comedy Suitcase as they rewrite Grimm's original folktales in the signature style of 20th Century comedy masters. Finally, a dark comedy for the whole family!

Written and performed by Joshua English Scrimshaw, Levi Weinhagen, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster .

With Andrew Moy as Milton.

Directed by Jim Robinson.

Live Accompaniment by Scott Keever.

Joshua English Scrimshaw
Role: Producer/Writer/Actor
Joshua English Scrimshaw is an actor, writer and producer, not to mention a "clever and inventive voice in comedy theater" (Star Tribune). A Fringe Festival veteran, Joshua has co-created many critically acclaimed shows, including Look Ma No Pants, From Here to Maternity and The Harty Boys in the Case of the Limping Platypus. In addition to producing his own work, Joshua has performed and/or collaborated with a wide variety of Twin Cities' theater companies including Bedlam Theater, John Munger's Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Theater in the Round, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Off Leash Area, Cheap Theater, Lili's Burlesque Revue and Hardcover Theater. Joshua made his television writing debut last fall on the new syndicated sketch comedy show M@d About and is currently a teaching artist with Bedlam Theater’s CRAZY program (Cedar Riverside Acting Zone for Youth).

Levi Weinhagen
Role: Producer/Writer/Actor
Levi Weinhagen is the proud father of a clever but possibly nuts five year-old daughter. He has written for and performed with several theater companies in the Twin Cities including: the Brave New Workshop, The Ministry of Cultural Warfare, HUGE Theater, Bridge productions, Pick A Line. He is a founding member of the improv sensation Sir Laffs-A-Lot and His Merry Jokesters. Levi was the guest editor of the online magazine Minnesota Playlist in May and June. To find out about all things levi check out leviweinhagen.com.

Shanan Custer
Role: Writer/Actor
Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop and has written and performed in many Twin Cities comedy hits such as 2 Sugars, Room for Cream (Fresh Ink Series, Illusion Theater, Minneapolis), Pride and Plot of Pointlessness, From Here to Maternity (Top Ten selling show in 2007 MN Fringe Festival), We Gotta Bingo and Tony n’ Timothy’s Wedding with Actors Theater of Minnesota, Johnny Bocca’s Sex Farce for Swingin’ Lovers and the London After Midnight series with Hardcover Theater and Mary Loves Joseph: A Wonderful Love Story with PickALine Productions, of which she is a founding member. Shanan was last seen at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud in Boys Next Door, at the History Theater in Dudley: Rigged for Laughter and Park Square Theater in Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Eric Webster
Role: Writer/Actor
Eric Webster has been working in theater, television, radio and comedy for 20 years. Most recently, as "Faruk" in Heaven at the Guthrie Theater Joe Dowling studio, his performance was reviewed as; "Another Stand-out performance by Eric Webster. Onstage, Webster provides not just the spark but the fuel for much of the action in a stunning turn as a man desperate to find a shred of former life still intact." In 2010 he received the "Best Actor in a Musical 2010" from Lavender Magazine for his role as Stone in City of Angels. Other highlights of his stage work includes The Pavillion, Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire, London After Midnight, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Johnny Bocca's Sex Farce for Swingin Lovers. He is also the founder of "PickALine Productions", which most recently turned out Mary Loves Joseph; A Wonderful Love Story at Mixed Blood Theater.

Andrew Moy
Role: Actor
Andrew Moy is super excited to be in his first show with Comedy Suitcase. He was recently seen in Jesus Christ Superstar at Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Andrew’s other shows include A Christmas Carol (Guthrie) for the past 3 years, Baseball Saved Us (Mixed Bood), Bridge to Terabithia (Lyric Arts), Willy Wonka (Stages), The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Children Theater Company) and Goodnight Andy!(Fringe Festival 2009). When he’s not performing on stage, he loves to sing and produce interactive computer games. Andrew is also an accomplished magician, so be careful if he asks to borrow a dollar bill.

Jim Robinson
Role: Director
Jim Robinson is an alum of the Brave New Workshop and the Off-Beat Comedy Club on board the Disney Magic. He was last seen at the Bryant-Lake Bowl with Joshua Will in the sketch comedy bonanza Danger: Will/Robinson. Jim is co-founder and co-producer with Table Salt Productions where he has written and performed in, among others, Love After Hours (with Dennis Curley) and Spiked! Other endeavors include Results Not Typical with Julie Grover and Brian Beatty for the Minnesota Fringe; Pride and Plot of Pointlessness (with Shanan Custer and Dennis Curley) for Hang Kitty Productions; Whistling Past the Graveyard with Found Money Productions; Adventures in Mating with Joking Envelope; and At Christmas with Mick Sterling Productions. Jim is also in Brain Game, a weekly improvised game show at HUGE Theater through Table Salt Productions. When he's not on stage Jim teaches psychology at the University of St. Catherine and St. Thomas University. Jim hails from Riverside, California.

Scott Keever
Role: Live Accompanist
Scott Keever is a composer, guitarist, keyboardist, arranger and producer. He has written, arranged and performed music for theatre (Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Blue Umbrella Productions), live comedy (Brave New Workshop, Idiot Box), podcasts (LBS. Productions), radio (KFAI News Program " 90.3FM) and film (Killing Joke Productions, YAFI Underground). He has also been involved in a number of live music projects, ranging from Motown/funk to jazz to Irish/Celtic, though his main focus is on Solo Guitar, both Acoustic and Electronic Looping.

He recently finished his first solo album, “Salieri’s Revenge”, which showcases his interest in guitar looping, electronica, world music and film scoring. Scott also performs with Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), a Twin Cities group that specializes in dance folk music from the Balkan and Eastern European regions. OBI are winners of the 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship Award for Musicianship.

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Good night Andrew (again) and Grandpa et
by Suzanne Sharrock Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Better late than never - now I have time for reviews. Andrew was perfect, as was the script and the cast - mixing together sadnes, humor, and a little of everything. Andrew (the boy) was even better in last year's show "Good Night, Andrew", but this was a "do not miss".

Would give 500 kitties if I could
by Anna Weggel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is my favorite show I've ever seen in the Fringe. While describing this show to friends twice over the last day I have cried - that's how great I thought it was. Thank you to the whole cast for creating a show that had such a profound impact on your audience. If it remounts, I will be in the front row hardly blinking to make sure not to miss a moment!

Grimm Modernized
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Original Brothers Grimm stories get updated from ancient to retro with help from Laurel and Hardy, Lucy and Desi, etc. A clever concept very well executed.

Funny an thoughtful
by Will Weisert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A lighthearted show with a serious underpinning. The cast deftly moves through a script peppered with adaptations of vaudevillian and early television comedy. The script is superb, the bits are played to perfection, and the staging is crisp. A delightful and surprisingly uplifting show.

by Adrianna Kristenzie Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Really enjoyed this show! I've never seen the Smothers Brothers, but the rest of the classic comedy parodies were wonderful. I thought the Sleeping Beauty Silent movie parody at the end was really well done.

Laughed so hard I had a hot flash
by Michele Jansen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was robbed from being in the Encore. I laughed so hard I cried. It touched on so many great comedy greats from Laurel and Hardy to Bob Newman. Funnier than Brain Fighters (which was really funny) and way, way funnier than Angelina Jolie is a Zionist Whore. Quot ably funny. Would see it again in a heartbeat. Did I say it was funny?

BEST of the Fringe!
by Chris Kemp Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
We've seen 10 (including four that got encores) and this was the best! Sharp writing putting together both a nice storyline while paying homage to classic comedians over the last 100 years. The performances were across the board outstanding. The humor was accessible whether you know the comedians or not, though there were more laughs for you if you knew them. This was a sweet story expertly told. Watch for their remount and go see it if you missed it.

very funny
by cynthia miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was funny, funny, funny. I wasn't much of a television watcher as a child, so I didn't understand some of the references. The acting was great, especially impressive was the child character, Andrew Moy.

Great Job
by Mike Jacobs Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A boy who's grandfather's funeral is tomorrow, rather than dealing with his grief, decides to assure that his grandfather's legacy is correctly remembered. His grandfather was a comedian. OK, this could be funny; but how do you blend all the emotions obviously in play with comedy, especially with slapstick. You need great writers, and an even greater cast. This one had me laughing from the start. You did it. I hope we see this one again somewhere.

Funny, Heartfelt
by Laurel Hansen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I felt like I missed a few of the references because they were older popular culture references. It wasn't terribly profound, but it made us laugh. Enjoyable show.

A blast from TV's past
by Hazen Markoe Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
On the eve of his grandfather's funeral, a young boy prefers to remember him through their shared love of classic comedy, much to the bewilderment of his parents in this often hilarious show. Many of the bits such as a Laurel and Hardy version of Hansel and Gretel and a silent film version of Sleeping Beauty are top notch. Young Andrew Moy deserves special praise as the young boy who helps keep the show grounded. Definitely a fun show.

Inexplicably Asian Child
by Jess Pants Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a lot of fun! Great physical comedy, a clever take on many familiar bedtime stories. Thoroughly enjoyable, and you'll be sad if you miss it.

"No More Inflammatory Comedy Topics"
by Nancy Donoval Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Any show with the above line in it gets my vote. Funny, silly and surprisingly heartfelt, I had a blast at this show. I grew up watching all the comedy icons lovingly shoehorned into these folk tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and the mash-ups were delightful. Some tickled my funny bone more than others (Laurel and Hardy as Hansel and Gretel was a favorite while I wish the Bob Newhart one had fully embraced the long pauses that made those phone calls sing) but all were charming, inventive and thoroughly ridiculous. The use of the rubber chicken says it all and the final moments, in the words of baby bear, were just right.

Make 'Em Laugh
by David Brown Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Using bedtime stories, parents are trying to put a little boy to sleep who has just lost his grandfather. The boy remmbers his grandfather through wacky variations of standard bedtime fare. An interesting premise and a pretty well-written script. The humor and storyline were a bit uneven at times, but overall the show was enjoyable and did not overstay its welcome.

Great Ending
by ian felton Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The show was well-written. The story itself had meaning and tied the vingettes together. However, without being intimately familiar with all of the classic comedians, I felt slightly detached from some of them. This is no fault of the writing or acting, but something to be aware of if you haven't been exposed to Abbot and Costello, Lucille Ball and the other comedic masters that are paid homage to in this lovely show.

The story itself is very accessible and the actors all do a great job. Keep your spirits up to the end and the final act will reward you nicely.

Fine Not Fabulous
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
There are some genuinely funny moments in this production (Laurel and Hardy / Hansel and Gretal in particular), but overall it is uneven and forced in spots. Again, maybe my expectations are too high, though I think that's reasonable given what else they are capable of. It's mostly kid-friendly, but do any of them know who Bob Newhart or Lucy and Desi are?

I was told I would get teary eyed...
by Sara Lahti Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Through the fun and laughs this show has a strong plot. Dealing with death for the first time as a young child can be a very confusing emotional rollercoaster. This show is a touching way of introducing and dealing with grief. Andrew performance alone was worth the ticket. And yup I did get teary eyed... But I just did my eye make-up so I had to hold back the flow of tears.

Great Show Worth Your Time
by Emily Antin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a show worthily of your time. Funny, smart, and well put together. From the very opening scene you are laughing. It is fantastic! Well acted, well staged, and well produced.

Hooray for Physical Comedy!
by Kara Greshwalk Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Josh Scrimshaw, you never disappoint. Please, please do more shows, and always incorporate your amazing physical comedy. In terms of writing, the jokes were very well-written and clever. As long as you know what they are referencing in the comic bits, the jokes land that much MORE. That said, the strongest pieces were the ones that incorporated physical comedy and slapstick, which is so challenging to execute, and the capable cast handled every pratfall beautifully. It's a true art form that isn't done often enough, which makes this show really stand out from the crowd. Highly recommended, and bring your family.

This is the kids show to see
by Gregory Abbott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Sleeping Beauty was worth the price of admission alone. Was a clever concept with some very talented comedians.

Best of 2011?
by Brenda Cornelius Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
For me, this was the best of the lot for ensemble comedy this year - a great cast, a tight script, and a rubber chicken. I hesitate to use the word sweet when describing the show but I think it can't be avoided - there's an underlying tenderness to the presentation which I think opens our hearts, making the myriad of funny bits that much funnier.

Cute, Funny, Endearing!!
by Cody Sorensen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Loved it and thought that this was an all around crowd pleasing show. Great actors! Awesome story telling. Fun and imaginative. Children and adults can definately appreciate this show. There is a wonderful tear jerking scene at the end that makes the show a complete experience. I felt that if the Guthrie made a Fringe show this is what it would be.

Charming and Wonderful!
by Rachael Flanery Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I hope this sweet sophisticated show finds a longer life outside of Fringe. The script was charming and tightly written with huge laughs and some truly touching moments (I was embarassed how emotional I got). The transitions and pacing were wonderfully directed and each actor gave a polished and uniquely fun performance.

A clever Funny... slapstick +
by Mary K Weinhagen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The show was a delight! The 7 yr. old grandson and I were laughing and arguing all the way home over which of us loved it more (when he wasn't plotting his own 'banana peel' pranks!). Perfect cast for a delight-filled show.

Great cast, fun concept
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
One of many shows this year exploring the fairy tale genre, this one is worth checking out. A boy reminisces about the stories told to him by his late grandfather, an aficionado of classic TV comedies from the 50's and 60's. He spices up his usual bedtime stories by combining them with the great TV comics, such as Laurel & Hardy/Hansel & Gretel, Lucille Ball/Rapunzel, etc. A clever take on the stories we grew up with, fun for kids and adults.

Hilarious and Wonderful
by Dennis Kelner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was a joy and a pleasure to go see. It had me laughing and smiling from the moment it started till the very end. The actors did a phenomenal job. Each one was talented in their own way and did great working together. This play was wonderfully written out and I truly got a kick out of this performance! It is a great show for families and adults. I hope to see more wonderful work from this company in the future.

Cute and Funny
by George Adams Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Tongue in cheek fun. It started out a bid "iffy", but settled in and really had me laughing and smiling. Nicely done.

TV tales
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Childhood fairy tales told through 50's-60's TV characters as a boy, Milton, deals with the loss of his grandfather. Some of the impressions are close, some not so, but a great adventure nonetheless. Well worth seeing.

Clever and a terrific cast
by Greg Stevens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A well written and thought out play! Some segments work better than others(Laurel and Hardy and Sleeping Beauty were standouts but Ricky and Lucy skit fell a little short) but overall a very witty and clever show with terrific performances!

Best re-telling of fairy tales ever!
by Lisse Regehr Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I got such a kick out of this play and all the re-tellings of fairy tales through the guise of different comedians...so fun! The young boy in the play did an excellent job of keeping up the pace of the play and hanging with the big guys. I was very impressed with him. It definitely helps the humor is you know the comedians that are being referenced, but even if you don't, I think you'll still get a big kick out of it. I highly recommend people checking this one out - it's funny and heart warming. Such a great way to spend an hour of your life!

What Comedy Should Be
by Sophie Kerman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
There are a lot of debates in this show about what is funny and what is not.

The answer: this is very, very funny.

(And yes, the adults will be laughing for much different reasons than the kids.)

They Never Disappoint!
by Jen Rand Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Josh Scrimshaw, Shanan Custer, and Eric Webster never fail to make me laugh, and they certainly didn't this time! The chemistry of the whole cast was as spot on as the comic timing. Thanks for the jokes we continued to repeat again and again after leaving the theater - definitely a show I'll be quoting long after Fringe has past!

Smart, NO sophisticated comedy
by Rick Treece Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A clever script that fuses slapstick & substance. Scrimshaw and Weinhagen live up to their reputations, but special kudos to Shana Custer and Andrew Moy, who deliver polished performances far beyond the usual level of (even professional) sketch comedy.

If I had kids...
by Courtney McLean Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
... I would make Comedy Suitcase babysit for me. I found myself at the edge of my seat, partly because I couldn't hear the star kid some of the time (though he was adorbs times ten), but mostly because I was just completely sucked in by this adorable story. Such a sweet premise and the homages to the comedic icons of years gone by were just wonderfully executed. Two favorite elements: Joshua Scrimshaw as drunk Uncle Billy (what that his name?) and the ending- which I'm not going to give away, but all my laughter gave way to tears, it was such a touching button to a truly wonderful show.

Make em laugh
by Cato Brutus Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Smothers Brothers Grimm is a great tribute to comedy acts of yesteryear, and the framework between various segments is both funny in its own right and poignant as well. We saw the show early on, but it's already in my top five.

by Mary Linn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a fun loving show. This show had everything I could expect in a fringe show and even more. I couldn't stop laughing. My favorite parts were the sleeping beauty and Uncle Billy sequence. The inexplicably Asian kid who played Milton was spot on. Well done. I definitely would see it again if I get a chance.

by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I knew this would be funny, of course. But what I wasn't expecting was the poignancy and heart in the piece. An inspired melding of fairy tales and retro comedy. Just brilliant!

Great physical comedy + a kid
by Patricia Lindgren Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
My 11-yr old boy tween decided this was his new best show at the Fringe. Joshua Scrimshaw is the best physical comedian I have seen live and this script showed off his talents well. Including one where he crawls down another actor using him as a pole. Loved the reprises of old school comedy duos like Laurel & Hardy.

Season II?
by Richard Shields Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show provides laughs. Mixing TV and children's stories worked for this production. Well written, with a grand cast. We would love a season two!

The intereaction between child and parents did seem to be more TV fantasy family in context and not reality based - but this is comedy and that relationship provided laughs.

Delightful Show
by Laurie Swenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is such a clever, creative show, and I'm so glad I had the chance to see it. I loved the performances. So many different reasons to laugh!

A New King in Town
by dean seal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
There's a new King O' The Fringe. The breast-fed Joshua Scrimshaw has a wonderful show with a great cast. Very funny, very physical. As a fan of Scrimshaw Pratfalls, one is not disappointed. The Kid is so very good he probably won't work with these people again. He is totally in the moment, understands what a set-up is, and holds the stage in the spotlight.
The Laurel and Hardy doing the Lady Gaga choreography is worth the price of admission, and it's all gravy after that.
A funny cast and a very funny show.

Comedy upon comedy
by Marcia Avner Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Well done! Watch this emerging young star! Those who know the kings and queens of American comedy will especially enjoy the references.

So much better than I was expecting
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
And I was expecting it to be pretty funny, given the level of talent involved. I thought this was going to be a series of comedic set pieces with a child's bedtime as an incidental framing device. It turned out to be something quite different: a funny, poignant heartwarming story about a delightfully quirky family coming to terms with the death of the family patriarch. The comic set pieces embedded in the story are hilarious Easter eggs that keep the audience laughing so hard they don't notice the challenging themes that are flying past, like the nature of love and loss and the meaning of humor itself. 
  While this is certainly a family friendly show, the 2+ designation is not appropriate. Kids younger than 9 or 10 are simply not going to get the humor, and may end up  imitating some behaviors that aren't nearly so funny out of context. 

Another Fine Comedy Suitcase Production
by Josh Carson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Joshua and Levi are an incredible team that continue to raise the bar with each and every show. Big, big laughs and an amazing cast across the board, including show-stealer Andrew Moy.

This show seemed to be an obvious labor of love, because in addition to the laughs that are guaranteed when you see these names on the poster, there's quite a bit of heart that may have even made my eyes leak. But not cry. Cause I don't do that.

Past and Present
by Molly Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Bright, clever, and funny, this show pays homage to so many brilliant comedic artists through modern brilliant comedic artists. It was obvious the actors knew and loved the show and that they had fun with it. The audience had fun watching it and everyone remained engaged.

My only concerns were that some of the actors weren't quite loud enough at times, so a few lines were lost to me and the costume choice for the inexplicably Asian child was slightly bewildering. PJ pants and tee shirt would have worked fine for his character and saved him the hassle of trying to manipulate his movement around the nightshirt.

Beyond that, a wonderful show, leaving me with many one-liners to giggle at throughout the rest of the festival.

by Rachael Davies Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show literally made me laugh and cry. We're talking slap my knee laugh out loud, and tear up to the point where a tear rolled onto my cheek. The cast was fantastic, not a weak link in the bunch. This show was so enjoyable I recommend it to everyone kids and adults alike!

by Knittin Mama Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I really wanted to like this show, but didn't. The pacing is uneven and drags at times. The homages to the comics of yesteryear are okay, but their sections keep too many disjointed bits at the expense of moving the action forward. Also, even though it is advertised for kids 2+, there is no way it could hold the attention of kids that young. It really helps if you know the comic references.

Outdoes Sondheim's Into the Woods
by Charles Ellenbogen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Charming and funny. Great and versatile cast. All ages will be "laughing for different reasons." Highly recommended.

Everything I can think of has "smart" in
by Matilda ZombieQueen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A good show overall, though the segments are not all equally strong. The "silent movie" at the end was brilliant and more than made up for a slow spot or two.

Ah the banana peel gag.
by Amy Bonifas Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The show took off at a bit of a stutter but hit its stride early on. The young actor is quite talented and was a pleasure to watch. My favorite scene was the silent comedy which was just brilliant. Lucy scene disappointing as I find the Lucy/Ethel pairing is far funnier than the Lucy/Ricky dynamic. Otherwise excellent homage to classic comedy.

Clever and Delightful
by Jennifer Braxton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A great way to start my Fringe. Varied but funny throughout. The cast was excellent, particularly the young Andrew Moy. See it!

Don't You Watch Mythbusters?
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Smothers Brothers Grimm is a wonderful tale for the whole family. Retelling classic fairy tales through classic comedians had everyone in the show laughing as a young boy learns to come to terms not only with his grandfather's death, but with dealing with his parents' reaction as well. The various segments are delightfully different, and the homages are spot-on. There are jokes just for the adults cleverly hidden in jokes for the kids, and a great time was had by all. The only people who shouldn't see this are those who object strenously to turning names into verbs - those who've seen it will understand.

Genius, comic genius.
by Tristan Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The first show I was was entitled: “The Smothers Brother Grimm,” the name alone got me in the door, but then when I realized it was a Scrimshaw show I was double excited. And my hopes and expectations of greatness were fulfilled! The show, paying homage to many great comics and styles of comedy, including “I love Lucy,” “Loral and Hardy,” and of course “The Smothers Brothers,” was hysterical. That and the acting was good, the woman doing the Lucile Ball impression did a brilliant job. The small inexplicably Asian kid did particularly well for an actor his age. Over all I laugh, I learned and it was heart warming five out of five guys.

Go See This Show
by Glenn Stender Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I laughed all the way through. A perfect mix of physical and verbal humor. Like everyone keeps saying, great for any age.

by Robert Zabel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Smothers Bros. Grimm is fun for kids ages 4-104+ - especially folks who love Laurel and Hardy, Lucy and Desi, Bob Newhart, and Grimm's fairy tales. Sharp writing, spot-on imitations, and great live music, too.

Love, Death, Comedy and Fairy Tales
by Mary Kay Zabel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
They really did get it all into this show. The nods to classic comedy are hilarious - and spot on. The fairy tales are ...dare I say?...charming....and this stellar cast is a joy to watch. Thanks Stan and Ollie - 'another fine show you've gotten us into'!

Grimm and Bear It
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
A pleasant, light, slight bon-bon of a show, telling some classic fairy tales by way of a variety of past comedians like Laurel and Hardy. Some of it works and some doesn't, as is true of the modern day framing device holding the skits together. A safe filler.

ROFL (if I had been in an aisle seat)
by Natalie Nowytski Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Hilarious, lighthearted, clever...everything great comedy should be. There were moments when it was hard to tell if the line was scripted or ad-libbed, which made the show that much more fun. Top-notch delivery, from the writing to the acting to the music! Had me laughing the whole way—even at references that were beyond me. Note: Visit the bathroom before viewing.

Clever fun
by Kristi Lawless Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fractured fairy tales indeed. This was really fun, and I liked how one storyline was interwoven with the fairy tale twists. Loved it!

Son Of Scrimshaw
by Jimmy Desimone Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you like comedy, and like good acting, and a story line, then you will like this. There are a lot of shows to see at the Fringe - too many these days really - so if you want a sure bet go to this, and feel free to bring the kids. And the grandparents. My only quibble with it is the elevation of the Smothers Brothers to the level of Laurel and Hardy and Lucille Ball. It is subjective for sure. I would have preferred Wheeler and Wolsey, or the Ritz Brothers. Ritz Brothers Grimm would have been too hip for the room, I guess.

The Button Down Mind of Comedy Suitcase
by Nancy Paul Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I really liked this show. I just finished reading "And the Kicker Is..." (which is interviews with comedy writers). Having come off of that book, this show made me smile, laugh out loud, and nod in approval. Levi and Josh make the funny. The only thing I was missing was an eight-to-twelve year old sitting next to me laughting along. Note to self: bring neice and nephew the next time around.

the night of the living scrimshaw, pt 1
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
a little bit erratic, but the funny stuff was *really* funny. best were the laurel and hardy hansel and gretel and the mime sleeping beauty, with the bob newhart three bears not far behind (although if you don't know newhart's standup work it might be less effective). i wouldn't put this at the top of my "must-see" list, but i'd certainly try to get to it before the fringe ends.

Make us Laug!
by Fan of Theater Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a fun and laughable show. It brought memories of all the comedy shows I watch with my dad when I was young. This is a great show for all ages. Also thanks for letting the chicken take a final bow with all the cast.

Comic Faerie Tales
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Telling the tales of the Brothers Grimm through the comedy eyes of Lucy and Desi, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, and -of course- the Smothers Brothers is really funny. Why has no one thought of this before? Add in a poignant story of a family going through the death of a grandfather who was a devotee of the great comics of yesteryear and you have a truly memorable show.

Like many shows this year, I didn't know what to expect. The title caught my eye. But after I sat down, I was treated to a comedy revue in the vein of those I used to love when I was a kid, growing up in the 70s.

The young actor playing the boy whose grandfather has passed, and who has followed in his grandfather's love of classic comedy, was brilliant! I really think he has a bright future ahead of him.

We even get a short synopsis (re: "rant") of Joshua Scrimshaw's now famous treatise on the term "smart comedy". It worked perfectly in this venue.

Really fun, funny, well-written, and excellently acted.

Tuck back in my busted gut!
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My fav so far at the Fringe. A delightful melding of vaudeville comics and fairytales, wrapped in the death of a relative. This Scrimshaw brought the laughs!

Everything it could be
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Nostalgia for the geezers (like me) and lots of fun fracture fairy tales told by a charming kid and brilliant execution with dead on Dezi and Lucy and Stan and Ollie - well OK Tom and Dick a little off. And it is so funny. The program itself is hilarious. Grandparents, Parents Children please take each other to this wonderful show.

Clever, Inventive and Fun
by Sheila Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A self aware comedy with a heart, a great cast and fun series of twisted fairy tales told by a boy whose grandfather has just died who passed along his love of the funny. we recommend!

Iconic Comedians Reimagined
by Bill Fricke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was my first ever Fringe show, and one w/ one of the celebrated Scrimshaw Brothers. As a student of comedy, this was a great homage to the silent, slapstick and "clever" comedians of the past generation, while reimagining them in fairy tale settings. Very inventive slapstick and a nice take on Bob Newhart, trying to talk to Momma Bear as a 911 operator. Well worth seeing, especially if you grew up with these people on your television or in film. nice work!

Smart Comedy
by Jim Howitt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Lots of laughs, excellent physical comedy. It's very much an homage to comedy from the vaudeville era to the 70s...lots of irony and pratfalls with very little cynicism. The actors were all great and there's just enough plot to move the story from one fairy tale to the next.

by Naomi Kritzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this show, and so did my kids (7 and 10). I was particularly impressed by Andrew Moy's performance, and Hansel and Gretel as interpreted by Laurel and Hardy was fantastic.

Silly, Fun, Often Clever
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A show for the young and young at heart. Five talented actors and an offstage pianist combine for a delightful romp through warped fairies tales as told by famous comedians. As a bonus, there's even a moral to the story.

Even though it's a large venue, I wouldn't be surprised if this show started selling out.

Bring the kids
by Alan Farnham Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Then take a nap.

Great script, great physical comedy
by Steve Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Loved it. Everyone's fantastic in this well conceived, funny show.

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Friday, 8/55:30 p.m.This performance is audio described
Sunday, 8/75:30 p.m. 
Thursday, 8/117:00 p.m. 
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Sunday, 8/142:30 p.m. 

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330 21st Ave. S, Main Floor

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