Bob Wiltfong and Matt Oberg present smart but light material in PIT
Contemporary,” their show at People’s Improv Theater, Bob Wiltfong and
Matt Oberg present a breezy and smart but slight collection of
minimalist skits without a lot of set dressing or costume.
The duo take
unexpected turns, jumping quickly from straight-on send-ups of Pat
O’Brien, Al Pacino, Christopher Lloyd and movie preview voice-over
artists to pieces mining their personalities, like impressions of each
other’s fathers. They layer on information with each line much in the
way a good improv group does in scenes.
The sketches in the
show seem very geared to SNL-type premises, but with a bluer edge, as in
an intervention sketch that begins with a little audience interaction.
In a brief 40 to 45
minues, Wilftong and Oberg also pack in a few video or photo bits, like
a take on the Oscar show recently deceased tribute film that appears
every year, as well as the preview voice-over guy sketch.
Wiltfong and Oberg
save the best sketch in their repetoire for last … a duo of Christian
improvisers (and former Christian boy band members) obsessed with
chastity … sort of.
The running trait
of all the duo’s material is a studied intelligence made to look
effortless and light. Wiltfong and Oberg aren’t aiming to have you
rolling in the aisles, but they get you with their absurdities.
“Bob & Matt: Adult
Contemporary” ran at People’s Improv Theater on Saturday nights in May.