Pajama Men – Just the Two of Each of Us
With a string of awards to their name and sold out shows across the globe, American duo Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, along with musical scene-setter Kevin Hume, are bringing their bare-bones performance style and absurd physical comedy back to the capital for what might be their best show yet.
The plot is a ridiculous hodgepodge in which a hapless king, Mark the Only, becomes immortal to save the world from a terrible beast that rises once every 700 years. Cartoon-like characters abound: two grizzled old Texan cops holler into a truth-telling sinkhole, valley girl Nadine struggles with a prosthetic arm, and then there’s Franz (a hilariously bug-eyed turn from Allen), whose biggest problem is that life’s too easy.
The show crackles with energy: scenes change on a dime and the story jumps forward and backwards in time. There are some hilarious one-liners too. In the form of deadpan puns or the kind of beautiful stoned logic perfected by Steven Wright and Mitch Hedberg (‘I don’t know whether my back is sore or the rest of me just feels really good’).
The pair perform everything themselves, from a souped-up motorcycle to a sensitive horse and a spider with infinity signs for eyes. There’s even a hilarious and uncanny depiction of one of those grab-a-toy claw arcade machines. Such is the prowess and invention of their comedic gymnastics that after five minutes you hardly notice the lack of props.
Basically, if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing two goofballs act out a scene in which a grieving wizard is comforted by a tactile horse, this is the show for you. As madcap and inventive as ever, Pajama Men are certainly not sleeping on their success. Chaplin would approve, I’m sure.
See the Pajama Men in London
The consistently excellent Gits and Shiggles team champion the character comedy scene in this monthly showcase of comics who just aren't quite themselves. May's line-up include sublime US physical duo the Pajama Men, ace character comic/improviser Pippa Evans, Steve Furst (best known for his character creation Lenny Beige), fast-paced sketch duo Thunderbards, Paul Flannery, Ollie Izod, Simon Lukacs and Lola-Rose Maxwell.Read more
Superb American physical comedy duo the Pajama Men back in London, with a seemingly out-of-nowhere new show. Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen are the PJ Men, and the pair play every single role in their nonsensical adventure-story shows, seamlessly moving from one character to another.Read more