You can tell a comedian is devoted to his work when you can see the sweat glistening on his face. And the men of Frankenmatt sure were glowing by the end of their set on Friday night.

(A quick Frankenmatt user guide: Frank Caeti is the short, stocky one. Matt Craig is tall and seems to have a birthmark on his arm.)

Although we accidentally arrived to their show at Theatre 99 a few minutes late (Sorry, guys), we caught on quickly. The show was formulated around a phrase given by an audience member. She wanted them to talk about a Godzillionare. And they sort of did; they got the first part of the word, each taking multiple turns playing the giant lizard. They also spent a lot of time trying to convince people to get involved in a pyramid scheme involving vitamin supplements.

For the most part, the men were able to transition pretty seamlessly to new ideas and characters, or back to old ones. There were a few occasions when one of the guys would get thrown off by the other’s new direction, and eventually, the sketch would peter out. But Caeti and Craig are experienced enough to recognize when they should give it up, and they moved on pretty quickly when things started to fail. At one point Donald Trump appeared out of nowhere and treated Craig like a young, attractive woman, even though it was obvious that this wasn’t what Craig was planning to be. But he adapted as quickly as possible, and the scene (luckily) didn’t last very long.

Frankenmatt are a physical duo. There were kicks and leaps and even a point when Caeti crawled into a floor space and spent some of the next five minutes screaming. Once Craig dropped to the floor in order let his fingers portray the tiny people that Godzilla was terrorizing. The pair were also able to prove that in some cases, you don’t need words. You just need the right facial expression to tell the joke for you.

Interestingly, some of the best moments were when either Frank or Matt was left onstage alone and left to develop the character they created for just a little bit longer. Watching Craig dressing a cute animal in a Ranger Rick inspired outfit or Caeti admiring his nails were my favorite jokes of the night.


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