Neil Kuefler donned the role of Jesse and certainly did him justice. From the sounds of it, Jesse seems to be a pretty average guy, he sells computers by day, goes to school as a linguistics student by night. He has a nice accountant girlfriend named Victoria and in five years he hopes to be employed (don’t we all!). So I was skeptical that this show would be very interesting at all. However, the cast threw together one of the best improv shows I’ve seen.
The story began in Apple CompuTech Electronics where the entire cast sang about how great a guy Jesse Davis is. We were then introduced to his beautiful, successful girlfriend, Victoria, played by the lovely Brianne Jang. She was waiting for him alone at the Olive Garden late at night. Here the hilarious Jason Hardwick became a nosey French waiter, and David Johnston and Nathania Louise Bernabe become Chantel and Shantel who were hash-tag obsessed party girls who convinced Victoria to quit waiting for her boyfriend. Later, we see Neil (Jesse) selling computers to a myriad of customers. Nathania then became his overbearing, accent using crazy boss man.
One of the best scenes is when Jesse gets his wisdom teeth pulled and starts to have a hallucinogenic dream. His idol Peter Forsberg, the retired Swedish hockey icon, appears in his dream and tells him that even though Victoria and he have been broken up for a couple years, that she still loves him. The audience was killing themselves laughing at this scene. Part of the fun was that Jason Hardwick, who played Peter Forsberg, used a completely ridiculous Swedish accent that Neil had to struggle to decipher. Jason even stops the scene a couple times: first, to ask the audience if anyone was Swedish (no one said anything, and he smiled and said good, giving himself permission to continues using the crazy accent) and secondly, to check in with the real Jesse Davis to ask if he was doing a good job playing his idol. This was an extremely funny moment of the show that no one in that audience will forget anytime soon.
“The 11 O’Clock Number” is never the same twice and it is a extremely excellent way to laugh off the stresses of the week. Come on out every Friday night, it’s only $15 and it is well worth it!
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