Paul Blinov and Amy Shostak in Gossamer Obsessions. Photo by Meryl Smith Lawton.
Paul Blinov and Amy Shostak in Gossamer Obsessions. Photo by Meryl Smith Lawton.

For a show that has already been performing out on the Fringe circuit, Gossamer Obsession felt under-rehearsed. Or maybe it was just an off night for Paul Blinov and Amy Shostak.

It is difficult to tell if the sketch comedy in Gossamer Obsessions is meant to be ironic, but what started out as having a potentially Monty Python-esque vibe quickly became a subjectively funny series of sketches and a small amount of improv.

A painfully cruel argument between father and daughter, the story of an Alaskan King Crab living in an unusual symbiotic relationship, and an overly long ode to a burrito are just some of the sketches the duo have conjured from their odd personas.

The funniest skit has to do with craft beer (a perfect fit for Vancouver audiences) and an answer to the age-old question of why it takes so bloody long to change a keg.

Blinov and Shostak seemed to struggle at times on opening night which definitely didn’t help. As one of the most widely recommended shows by other Fringe artists, unfortunately on the night we saw it Gossamer Obsessions didn’t quite live up to that hype.

Gossamer Obsessions continues at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information. hype.