Live 'Double Date' show hosts bring light
personality comedy to People's Improv Theater
Ethan Fixell and Dave Ahdoot.
The duo of Dave
Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell, who will bring their show “Double Date Us” back
to the People’s Improv Theater on January 10, have honed their onstage
personalities to complement and contrast each other in the long
tradition of classic male comedy duos.
Dave is the lounge lizard, perhaps a sweeter and more bumbling version
of one of the “Wild and Crazy Guys,” while Ethan is the earnest,
sensitive suitor. This is all perfectly highlighted in their show as
they sing a duet toward the end, rhyming Dave’s horndog lyrics with
Ethan’s caring and chivalrous lines.
But this is skipping ahead. The duo built up their act by setting out to
conduct double dates with women through MySpace and Craig’s List as
fodder for their show, and appear at colleges dispensing dating advice,
or at least a parody thereof -- including video from a recent
Philadelphia appearance in their current show. This also fuels their
show with re-enactments of incidental stories, like getting invited to a
frat party while in town.
Dave & Ethan do veer off their dating focus a little bit in the show,
also showcasing a video from Philadelphia where they run shirtless in
the cold up the Art Museum steps a la Rocky, and try to make time with
girls by asking for directions to the Rocky statue.
In this performance, seen December 20 at The PIT, Dave & Ethan lucked
out in their choice of audience members to bring up for a “date”
onstage, getting a guy who was a perfect straight man for their clowning
as they arranged him with a girl from the audience for the date.
“Dave & Ethan: Double Date Us” is a light entertainment, but deceptively
so -- one that covers the intricacies of its construction of comedic
personalities very well. Its stars still seem to be ascending the
mountain of what they can do, but in the meantime, they are amusing to