Hanna Nes, Contributor
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down in Players’ Theatre on Friday for Bring Your Own Juice’s annual show as I had never seen student written sketch comedy before. Boy, was I impressed! Proudly proclaiming themselves to be “McGill’s best and only sketch comedy troupe”, the cast and crew of BYOJ’s show put on a ridiculously funny show that left the audience in absolute stitches.
The press preview was a showcase of 5 of their most well-rehearsed original sketches, each of which was widely different from the next. Topics included running into one’s ex at Chili’s, ghosts of parties past and a family dinner turned sour by one young man pining after his own mother.
BYOJ’s ability to write sketches with quirky premises and sharp punchlines is impressive, especially taking in the fact that this show was put together in less than a month. A sketch about a hypochondriac suffering from various cinematic illnesses such as “Pacifist American Psycho” prompted much laughter from the audience.
Standouts in the cast included Cole Otto whose performance as Eddie in one sketch was brilliantly creepy and hilarious, while William Carmichael as his brother Big Todd brought the perfect dumb jock/surfer dude attitude to his role.
Nancy Ferranti was a riot as the Ghost of Chad, a well-meaning frat bro still looking for buddies to party in the afterlife with. She delivered her one-liners with ease while bro-ing around the stage in a snapback. Cast members did an efficient and professional job changing sets, matched with simple but effective costume changes. The music accompanying each sketch was perfectly paired with the plots, especially the goofy Chili’s tunes.
BYOJ runs in Players’ Theatre in SSMU March 16th, 17th at 8 pm, and 18th at 7 pm. Tickets are 6$ for students, and 10$ for general admission.