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The talented Todd Heughens and Molly O'Leary certainly have a blast onstage together in their two-person, sketch comedy offering, which includes some music. However, most of their pieces belabor punchlines, giving this revue the choppy rhythm of a work in development rather than a sharp, witty cavalcade of laughs. Intermittent video pieces that share the same sluggish pacing don't enliven the downtime between sketches as much as they should. Director-choreographer Karl Warden has this duo following tried-and-true dance moves well, but like the whole show, none of the steps is really inspired. Now there are clear high points, such as their penultimate go as an aging lounge act couple who — between complaining about their tranny son and lesbian daughter — break into hilarious versions of contemporary club favorites. But what really salvages the night is how absolutely likable these performers are, how much we applaud their desire to fight middle-age ennui with the sheer power of jazz hands and fart jokes. Heh Heh. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Thurs., 8 p.m; through February 26. www.plays411.net/thetoddandmollyshow

Thursdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 22. Continues through Feb. 26, 2009

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