The Carnegie Hall Show! (The National Theatre of the World) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

The Carnegie Hall Show! Prepare to laugh.  A lot. Nose snorting, thigh slapping, stomach hurting, pee your pants laughing. What is The Carnegie Hall Show!? Very funny improv comedy. And improv piano.

Matt Baram, Naomi Snieckus, Ron Pederson, Chris Gibbs and pianist Jeff Raimondo  present an hour of amazing improv. Starting with a suggestion from the audience they present a history of the greatest improvised scenes of that event or item. Of course there is no history.  They just make it up.  They’re very fast, sometimes so fast that they surprise each other – and make each other laugh. Or try to.

The second part of the show is a live 1940s radio drama, complete with commercials.

What more can I say?  It’s a different show every time.  And I guarantee, funny every time.


– The Carnegie Hall Show! is playing at Factory Theatre Mainspace – Bathurst and Adelaide.
– Fri, July 2 7:00 PM
Sat, July 3 Noon
Mon, July 5 6:45 PM
Wed, July 7 11:00 PM
Thu, July 8 9:15 PM
Sat, July 10 5:45 PM
Sun, July 11 1:45 PM
– All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only),  Online at, by Phone at 416-966-1062, in person (June 30 – July 11 only) at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street (Advance tickets are $11 ($10+$1 convenience fee), and $5 for FringeKids (no convenience fee for kids tickets).
– Several money-saving passes are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows

Photo of Matt Baram, Chris Gibbs, Ron Pederson and Naomi Snieckus by Albert Lee