What do Prince Harry, corgis and a Cialis advertisement have in common?
Literally nothing, but comedian and web engineer Mark Vigeant brought it all together for his show at Theatre 99 called “Let’s Make A Website!” With images projected onto a screen on stage for all to see, he created and launched a website inspired by suggestions from audience members in a performance that was mostly scripted with a little improvisation.
At the start of his show, Vigeant asked for the name of a person who has been in the news lately to feature on the site. When someone suggested Donald Trump, the comedian said he’s already made that website.
“This is not an improv show, so I can say ‘no,’ ” Vigeant playfully responded.
He is in character throughout the performance: a clichéd computer geek with long hair and a makeshift beer belly, guzzling Diet Mountain Dew. While this persona isn’t particularly unique, the concept behind “Let’s Make a Website!” is.
After help from the audience, Vigeant coded and created a website about Prince Harry trying to save the corgis. It can be found at http://princeharrysavescorgis.life/. The audience was into it, laughing and shouting during the show. Vigeant’s responses were quick, clever and hilarious. Most impressively, he mastered the very difficult act of not having any awkward silent moments (besides the intentional ones).
His mix of spontaneity and preparedness landed well on the ornery crowd. Those who seemed to enjoy themselves the most were groups of buddies who had taken advantage of Theatre 99’s bar.
A playful Vigeant made the performance accessible and easy for everyone to understand, even those who admitted to know nothing about the internet or computers.
“I appreciate your enthusiasm,” Vigeant said to a patron who continued to offer suggestions when they were no longer being accepted. “But you don’t have to shout anymore.”
The show has a narrative arc with a fast-paced and fun atmosphere. Vigeant has created an enjoyable and silly adult-themed show that makes HTML cool again.
Reviewer Brianna Kirkham is a Goldring Arts Journalist at Syracuse University.