Unlike many long-form improv shows, there’s no prescribed theme or style to The Bear Pack. Instead, Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie take the bare minimum of audience suggestions – a location, plus an object for “bonus points”, basically – and weave a far-fetched adventure story on the fly. They’re both excellent at this sort of improvisation, and confident enough in their partner’s ability as well as their own that they can (and do) throw curve-balls once in a while. When those pitches are invariably caught, resolved, and incorporated into the scene, it’s immensely satisfying. Each of the performers is happy to take the lead for long stretches, allowing their partner to take a back seat.

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