City Theatre Company

Through September 7
Various times

Ready to laugh so hard it hurts?

The modern-day Abbott and Costello—aka the comedy duo The Pajama Men—are set to make their Pittsburgh debut, and make audiences LOL. The pair’s brand new show, Just the Two of Each of Us, runs August 27th through September 7th on City Theatre Company’s Mainstage.

Delivering a distinctive style of humor that has garnered comparisons to groundbreaking comedy sensations such as Abbott and Costello, Monty Python and “South Park,” the award-winning team appears as part of the theatre’s City Events special presentation.

The world-renowned double act is known for their unique style of comedy that incorporates elements of stand-up, sketch and improv, along with outlandish and familiar characters, intricate story threads and surreal and macabre themes. Promising a “riotous, theatrical evening of smart comedy” the show is punctuated by fast-paced physical comedy theatre, wild character switches and sidesplitting jokes not typically found in most stand-up clubs.

Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, aka The Pajama Men, met in Albuquerque, NM at La Cueva High School during the early 1990s, when they auditioned for the school’s improv team. Imagine mohawk-clad teenagers teaming up with the class clown. Using their bland suburban surroundings as a blank canvas for their creativity, a vast ocean of bizarre imaginary worlds took root, including the creation of ridiculous voices and extended soap operas between characters. Soon, the duo’s authentic comic voice emerged, characterized by partially-improvised, multi-character, narrative-sketch comedy material.

Allen and Chavez went gone on to write nine shows together, taking the laughs on the road, and nabbing awards such as the London Times‘ “Double Act of the Year.” In 2004, they were nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have performed around the globe, including the Fringe Festival circuit in Canada, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and more. In 2010, The Pajama Men enjoyed a sold-out run in London, where they became The Soho Theatre’s highest-selling act ever.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...