Wi­chita com­edy duo Kyle and Monte re­turn for third year of hol­i­day hi­lar­ity

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Arts & Culture - BY DAVID BURKE

To hear Kyle Ve­spes­tad and Monte Riegel Wheeler tell it, they both have on-stage char­ac­ters, con­ve­niently named

“Kyle” and “Monte.”

“Some may say our worst qual­i­ties are also very funny,” Wheeler ex­plains. “Kyle is kind of a love­able dope, and Monte is an ar­ro­gant jack­ass. One’s su­per-se­ri­ous, one’s su­per-goofy and fun. We just make that dy­namic of op­po­sites that has worked for so many comedic duos in the past work for us.

“We just have a re­ally great time with that vol­ley­ball game, that ten­nis match,” he added.

The duo, who met 21 years ago when they were both cast in the beauty con­test send-up “Pageant” at Cabaret Old Town, have be­come Wi­chita theater reg­u­lars, most of­ten at Roxy’s Down­town, the Cabaret Old Town suc­ces­sor.

For the third year, they’re stag­ing “The Kyle & Monte Christ­mas Mu­si­cal” at Roxy’s, be­gin­ning this week­end and con­tin­u­ing through Dec. 23.

The Christ­mas spe­cial got its start at a Cabaret Old Town Christ­mas show, when the two sang med­leys of “hol­i­day songs strung to­gether in a re­ally hi­lar­i­ous and some­times ab­surd way,” Wheeler said.

When John Ham­mer took

over Roxy’s two years ago, he asked if the two could make a full stage show out of it. Although the show changes from year to year, the same spirit re­mains.

“Our whole goal is to …” Wheeler be­gan.

“Make peo­ple laugh …” Ve­spes­tad added.

“And re­ally share with them a lot of fun hol­i­day mu­sic,” Wheeler con­tin­ued.

The two are as­sisted on stage by Sam Warner and

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Kyle Ve­spes­tad, left, and Monte Riegel Wheeler re­turn for “The Kyle & Monte Christ­mas Mu­si­cal” be­gin­ning this week­end.

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