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Comedy Review: Drysdale & Gausas

Sophie Elkus |
October 20, 2011 | 3:56 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter


Image courtesy of LA Weekly.
Image courtesy of LA Weekly.
The Drysdale and Gausas comedy show, held in “The Hudson” at Comedy Central Stage, provided an hour-long break from reality and an invitation into the cheeky and sharp-witted minds of Rebecca Drysdale and Christina Gausas.

The duo is no stranger to both improv comedy and television. Rebecca Drysdale has appeared on HBO and “The Second City,” and Christina Gausas counts 30 Rock and the Late Night with Conan O’Brien among other shows as past experience. Labeled as one of New York Magazine’s “10 Funniest New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of,” Gausas proved her comedic talent throughout the show.

During their skits, either Drysdale or Gausas usually took a male role while the other embraced a female character with a feminine approach. They complimented each other and fed from their partner’s lines and opportunities for jokes. The women were clearly a team, yet the entire show was unrehearsed, an element that made it all the more impressive.

Each skit began seamlessly after the last, flowing from scene to scene with ease and a momentary dim of the lights. Their ability to shift from character to character, whether male or female, young or old, seemed practiced and perfected yet carried an impromptu and spontaneous spirit that only a true professional could maintain. Whether impersonating a self-conscious middle aged women during her swimsuit shopping endeavor, or an young male preteen struggling through adolescence, the women so flawlessly adapted each persona that it was easy to forget who they were as a performer and almost jarring to make the abrupt mental switch from character to character.

Similar to many other comedians, the duo relied heavily on humor that was saucy and crude at times, which did them no favors by temporarily detracting from the audience’s ability to pinpoint their own originality and quick wit. Thankfully, their humor stayed relatively clean with few exceptions, a welcome change from the material of most comedians. This was especially impressive as the women had little time to come up with their responses.

Drysdale and Gausas were relaxed and spoke freely. They fed off of the energy and laughter of the audience, often trying to fight back a smile and chuckle of their own. Since each skit was unrehearsed, Drysdale and Gausas surprised each other with some lines.

This made the show a constant guessing game and playful attempt to outdo each other, and watching their energized efforts to spit back a witty response was almost as entertaining as the material itself. Their freedom to constantly change the subject of the skit kept them amused during their own show, which made it seem like the comedians were having as much fun as the audience.

During some skits, either woman abruptly changed the subject by beginning a new line in a different tone of voice as a new character, which threw her partner for a loop and erupted the audience in laughter. It was clear that there is nowhere else Drysdale and Gausas would rather be than under the stage lights.

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