Live talk show “Cocktail Hour” works hard to make its
banter look easy
T. Coleman and D’Arcy Erokan
Devon T. Coleman and D’Arcy Erokan deliver in their show Cocktail Hour
an improvisational freewheeling talk show featuring some of their sketch
comedy peers that doesn’t aim to improvise scenes but rather improvise
the banter that fuels talk shows.
Seen November 20 at the People’s Improv Theater, to which they will
return in December, the duo have an excellent counterpoint going, with
Erokan playing it spacey [as a character like Phoebe from “Friends“]
although with the things she says, that’s clearly not her real
personality, and Coleman as the sharper wit.
Cocktail Hour is a lot more thought out than it looks. The banter is of
a style not really seen in commercial-driven talk shows anymore [i.e.
once upon a time, perhaps the Dick Cavett and Michael Douglas talk shows
had this kind of freedom].
The guests in turn had plenty of room to breathe – Eric Zuckerman came
bearing the present of cotton balls for the show’s one year anniversary
(a la the traditional anniversary gifts like paper, cotton, leather,
wood and later precious stones and metals); Noah Weisberg told of his
recent success in landing a Broadway role; and Andres du Bouchet
delivered some well-thought-out conceptual stand-up – like robot
stand-up: “How fat is your mom? So fat we are unable to assist her.”
The evening concluded with Zuckerman’s gift tossed around the stage, and
as Coleman picked them up, he noted, “Look what I’m doing!” getting a
groan from the audience, but nonetheless an amused one.