Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler

Article by Rebecca Gordon | 30 Aug 2009

‘Almost award-winning’ Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler rework their 2008 if.comedy award nominated show with an extra pinch of kookiness, bestowing upon the audience a sketchy slew of nonsense. With no apparent thread, this year’s Double Down Hearts sees the idiosyncratic pair zip from one inane skit to the next, vaguely referring to the main event; a re-enactment of last year’s play. While this never really comes to fruition, Schaal and Braunohler are a distracting force, transporting us unawares into their juvenile stream of consciousness. Not for a second letting their expertly improvised, oh-so-ironically quirky façade down - save for the odd ripple of endearingly raucous laughter from Schaal - both comics take all seriousness in relating their grandparents’ involvement in the 1936 version of ‘The Terminator’ or faking impressive feats of origami for front-row audience members. But, beneath the dorky surrealism and shouty repartee bubbles a highly developed partnership, perhaps best demonstrated by Schaal’s doe-eyed advances on comedy partner Braunohler. If, to begin with, the duo’s whimsy eccentricity jars with the unfamiliar audience member, be sure that this comedy coupling will grow on you like a pair of pre-school buddies.