One of the hottest North American acts around, the absurd and unpredictable tag-team duo of Isaac Kessler & Ken Hall take you on a bizarre ride of undefinably funny comedy. Tired of talking heads? So are we. 2-MAN NO-SHOW debut their brand of madcap-absurdity at Play the Fool Festival for an experimental theatrical journey that puts YOU in the director's seat! Known for their signature hyperphysical, hilarious and fourth-wall-breaking "ClownProv" style, they wow audiences and win hearts wherever they go.

Manifested by Ken Hall and Isaac Kessler

Toronto, Ontario

45 mins | Ages 18A | Adult language and subject matter


Ken Hall is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, award winning public speaker and keynote speaker and a Canadian Comedy Award winner (Best Breakout Artist) and multiple CCA award nominee, including most recently, Comedic Artist of the Year. Ken plays the lovable Herb and provides motion capture as the body of Pogo in Netflix's THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and has appeared in numerous film and television roles including two seasons as, Jeff The Grey, on TBS’s hit series PEOPLE OF EARTH and has appeared as a guest on CONAN. Ken is also one-half of the critically acclaimed, comedic clownprov duo, 2-MAN NO-SHOW, with his comedic soulmate, Isaac Kessler, and has had the pleasure to work for CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. Ken currently performs as a cast member of IMPROV BRUNCH at The Second City and recently completed a successful run in Canadian Stage's Shakespeare adaptation of 'AS YOU LIKE IT' for the Dream in High Park series and a two person re-telling of SNOW WHITE for Young People's Theatre for which he was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual. Ken teaches Public Speaking at The Second City - a course he created and developed, as well as Clownprov at Bad Dog Theatre. Ken co-created & co-instructs a 6 week course on creative play, aptly named, Brunch!, at Sweet Action Theatre as well as Speakeasy - a course that combines public speaking and play theory and teaches improv at The Social Capital Theatre. Ken was awarded the Frank McAnulty Award for Faculty Instructor of the Year 2019 at The Second City.

Isaac Kessler has been performing, writing, jewishing, directing, basketballing, teaching, loving, fighting, and producing comedy for over 18 years. He is an internationally-acclaimed and multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee (2012/14/15/19), nominated as Best Male Improviser in 2015. He is one half of the award-winning ClownProv juggernaut 2-MAN NO-SHOW alongside his comedic soulmate Ken Hall. In the summer of 2022, Isaac debuted 1-MAN NO-SHOW, his first ever solo show. It received rave reviews and standing ovations at the Toronto Fringe, and won the Artists Pick Award at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the largest theatre festival in North America. He is also an award-winning director of five solo clown shows with more in development. Isaac possesses some TV credits and features in a bunch of funny national commercials like the beer one where he performed on camera for 4 and a half hours straight. For the past 12 years, Isaac’s training has focused on Clown, Mask, Idiot Work, Bouffon, and LeCoq-based Physical Theatre with world-renowned instructors Philippe Gaulier (mentor of Sacha Baron Cohen), Paola Coletto, John Gilkey, Dr. Brown (Philip Burgers), PUSH Theater, and Aitor Basauri of Spymonkey fame. He has performed with the ground-breaking Wet The Hippo Collective by Cirque du Soleil’s John Gilkey, and Dean Evan’s visionary Bouffon troupe Mil Grus (Producer’s Award - Hollywood Fringe/Fringe Encore Series - NYC’s SOHO Playhouse).

Isaac co-created & co-instructs “BRUNCH!” - a six week course on creative play, at Sweet Action Theatre. Follow him on TikTok → @djmenorah. He went viral once.

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This is a mask friendly performance. Masking will be optional for the audience while seated in the performance space.

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