Potted Potter, a Harry Potter parody, heads to Irvine, CA, this weekend

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I had the chance to check out the funny show by Dan and Jeff called Potted Potter last night. It’s a Harry Potter parody that pokes fun of the popular book, and also pop-culture. It is taking place for a limited time at the Irvine Barclay Theatre from Thursday, November 14 to Saturday, November 16, 2013.

The two-man show takes all the Harry Potter books and condense them into a 70-minute show that includes a game of Quidditch with the actual audience. Dan plays the idiotic friend who is new to the Harry Potter universe and is tasked with portraying all of the characters, sans Harry Potter. Jeff plays the Potter fan who gets to portray the main protagonist. What happens next is a funny dynamic between two polarizing performers as Dan butchers many performances in a comedic way while Jeff gets mad. I brought my friend who hates Harry Potter and he enjoyed the show. That should at least tell you something.

The highlight of the evening was the Quidditch match that required audience members to participate by knocking a giant beach ball into the rival team’s goal. The audience was split into two different teams, Slytherin and Gryffindor (we were team Gryffindor). As the match started, the giant beach ball was going nowhere because it kept getting knocked back and forth, until one member from our team decided to cheat by walking towards enemy territory so that he can put the ball into the rival’s goal. We missed, and Slytherin wasn’t having any of that, so they had one of their own walk right underneath our goal, and succeeded in scoring. That’s what we get for being on team Gryffindor.

The duo pokes a lot of fun at pop culture, and if you’ve ever watched Aladdin at Disney’s California Adventure, Dan pretty much embodies Genie with his improv skills as he makes fun of audience members and the audience as a whole. Be prepared to be bombarded with jokes after jokes, most of them enjoyable and funny. And since this is a family-friendly show, you can bring your kids (the show can still be edgy though).

Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner started the show as street performers, and the show has been improving throughout the years from its original 5-minute long show.

You can buy tickets (Adults $45.00; Children $35.00) at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA, online at www.thebarclay.org, or by calling 949.854.4646.

Also, don’t forget to check out our interview with Dan and Jeff from over a year ago.

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