ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
While Fringe usually has it all — music, drama, magic, and dance, comedy is a big draw. That appears to be the key logic behind Daisy Productions’ sketch comedy revue “LOL LOL Land.” Producer Kelly Taylor had an explanation for the show, and what audiences could expect.
“The world is crazy,” she noted. “Instead of trying to keep up with the hectic mess, you could travel to an enchanted place where people sing about life’s struggles and dance all their cares away. But even then your feet would tire before your Netflix and chillin’ body lost it’s voice from belting the high D’s. So here’s your solution: a comedy show with no rules and great laughs that you don’t have to work for.”
Sufficiently intrigued, Freeline Media reached out to Kelly to learn more.
Freeline Media: Lol is pretty common on social media today. Does your show use it in the traditional way, or does it have a deeper meaning?
Kelly Taylor: Well we figured a lot of people would be laughing out loud at our show, because it’s a comedy. But nowadays people will happily say Lol instead of laughing. So we’re aiming for that.
FM: Define the difference between a comedy show with no rules, and one with rules.
Kelly: By definition, comedy is a professional entertainment, consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh. But a comedy show could be many different things from sketch, stand up, improv, to a farce, pantomime, situation comedy to an informal sitcom. Once you break it down, you will be able to break down the rules of comedy. Improv I believe to be the most freeing of all comedy. However, there will always be one rule always in place, that’s accepting an offer and building your scene bit by bit. Maybe there aren’t many rules, but there are guidelines for sure to follow, or a format. Listening in comedy is huge! It gives you your next beat most of the time. A comedy show with no rules, I think would be a show like “Late Night,” or a sketch, maybe even stand up where it’s structure, but there aren’t any rules to follow, other then do you think it’s funny? I think when you’re learning comedy, there are a ton a rules. Then you throw them all out the window and have fun!
FM: Tell us about the origins of this show.
Kelly: I scouted out some of the best comedians in the Toronto comedy community to form a troupe that could work together to create a show that has something for everyone. We all got together several times a week for four months improvising scenes/premises and writing sketches for this show.
FM: How large is your cast, and what can audiences expect from them.
Kelly: The cast consists of four actors. Everyone brings something different to the table. Holly and Candace both have a background in music theater, so that was helpful in creating a couple of music-themed sketches which allows them to show off not only their comedic ability, but their killer vocals as well.
FM: After Fringe, what’s in the future for Daisy Productions.
Kelly: Orlando Fringe is just the beginning of “LOL LOL Land.” After this run we hope to take the show to other festivals such as Fringe as well as Sketch Fest.
“LOL LOL Land” is being performed in the Brown Venue at the following times:
* May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
* May 20 at 1 p.m.
* May 21 at 8:30 p.m.
* May 23 at 10:45 p.m.
* May 24 at 8:45 p.m.
* May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
To order tickets, log on to Orlando Fringe.
Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the book “Koby’s New Home”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.