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Weaving laughs: This duo has gained worldwide success with their comedy show

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New Mexico natives Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez make up the comedy duo The Pajama Men. They will perform a handful of shows around the state. (Courtesy of Wes Naman)

New Mexico natives Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez make up the comedy duo The Pajama Men. They will perform a handful of shows around the state. (Courtesy of Wes Naman)

Oh, the life of globe-trotting performers. London one week. Sydney the next.

Yet, what do Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez look forward to when coming back home to Albuquerque? It’s the three “C’s.”

“Coffee, Claritin and Comedy,” Chavez says. “I just recently gave up drinking lattes. Can you imagine all those calories. It’s back to the drip coffee for me.”

All kidding aside, Allen and Chavez are back in the Duke City preparing for some hometown shows.

The duo are known as The Pajama Men and have experienced worldwide success with their show, “Just the Two of Each of Us.”

Allen says the show is a story of a procrastinating king who has the power to save humanity.

Chavez jumps in to say, “we play a ton of characters and start with unrelated sketches.”

“It’s like a sketch comedy show,” Chavez says. “We weave the stories together. Most of the time we’re doing silly things.”

The duo, who are La Cueva and University of New Mexico alums, started writing the show in London about a year ago. After completing the piece, the duo flew back to Albuquerque and opened the play.

Then the pair spent the majority of their time traveling around the world premiering the show.

“The show has come a long way since we opened it in Albuquerque,” Chavez says. “We’ve tweaked it a lot and added things to it. It’s become a fuller piece of work.”

They will perform the 70-minute show in Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Allen says audiences should be prepared for some improvisation in the play.

“We’ve added a lot of it,” Allen says. “That’s the way we work a lot. We feed off of each other and the vibes that we get from each other.”

As far as doing some hometown gigs, Allen and Chavez are excited to perform a more complete show.

“New Mexico is our home and we’ve been so supported from the start,” Chavez says. “It’s going to be amazing to have the opportunity to get back on stage.”

The Pajama Men also will do a benefit show at the Cell Theatre, 700 First NW, at 7 p.m. April 28. Information can be found at fusionnm.org or 766-9412.


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