Two roommates try to come up with character ideas for a comedy show. Alex Ateah and Taylor Rivers direct and star in “Alex and Taylor Come Up With Characters,” a homemade video of rapid-fire silliness. Two friends follow each around the house ad-libbing absurd characters (an old lady who’s suddenly hot, a woman who just figured out what electricity is, et al). Props materialize out of nowhere (Mickey Mouse hats, green screen capes), off-screen laughing leads into on-screen character breaks. It’s hilariously hyperactive — by the end, both performers are fully out of breath — and calls to mind teenage sleepovers and simpler times. We previously featured Ateah as a writer/actor in last year’s quarantine portrait, “wasting time at the end of the world,” about a lonely comedian preparing for a virtual comedy set. -KA.
Directed by and starring Alex Ateah and Taylor Rivers.