“One Man, Two Guvnors” premiered at the Omaha Community Playhouse on Friday night, ably directed by Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek. It captures the best of British comedy in a story about Francis, a guy who becomes a “minder” (assistant) to two men, his problems juggling their demands and his interactions with some colorful characters (He’s pretty colorful himself.)

I laughed. A lot, sometimes to the point of pain. And loved it.

You will too, if:

» You’ve followed Steve Krambeck on the Playhouse stage. He portrayed the title ogre earlier this year in “Shrek the Musical,” and he’s also had featured roles in “The Producers” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among other shows. This one nearly eclipses all the others: Playing the fool, he’s slick, sly, quick on his feet and extremely likable, even though his character is something of a shyster. He’s a master at pratfalls and funny faces and makes the role his own.

» You’ve never seen Krambeck on the Playhouse stage. What are you waiting for?

» You appreciate a supporting cast that’s every bit as special as the lead actor. Veterans Bill Hutson and Cork Ramer each get to display their comedy skills: Hutson as a doddering waiter (think Tim Conway’s Old Man on “The Carol Burnett Show”) and Ramer as a dad who wants to marry his daughter off to a gangster for monetary reasons (he’s great at befuddled, frazzled and mournful). Chris Shonka strikes all the right notes as Stanley Stubbers, one of Francis’ bosses, and Cathy Hirsch is a stitch playing the fedora-wearing twin of the gangster. Hats off to the rest of the gang: Jon Shaw as a somewhat obnoxious actor, Erik Quam as his dad, Brennan Thomas as a chef, Victoria Stark as a sexy and jaded accountant, Roz Parr as the not-so-bright girl who wants to marry and Jennifer Gilg, Olivia Howard and Marcus Benzel in various roles. Everybody shines.

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» You enjoy sight gags, word play and surprises. “One Man, Two Guvnors” reminded me of “The Benny Hill Show,” “Fawlty Towers” and other British craziness, as well as vaudeville. Richard Bean’s script is based on “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, a 1700s play in the tradition of the Italian commedia dell’arte. Basically, that means anything can happen, and it does. You might just find yourself in the thick of the action. The show is set in 1963, opening the door both for topical jokes and running gags (some involving The Beatles) and nods to outlandish things you might find in the new millennium.

» You don’t mind some mild off-color humor (a wine bottle is involved at one point). There are a few vulgarities, but many of them are nearly muttered under Francis’ breath in frustration. Nothing goes so far that it’s truly offensive.

» You’re up for a little traditional British skiffle-style music. A band featuring banjo, guitar, drums, a bass and even a washboard offers commentary on the story throughout. The music director is Adam Sherrard, who has written some beautiful and evocative music for the Rose Theater in the past few seasons. Scenes featuring music also hold some surprises.

» You like lots of vivid color. Designers embraced the carnival-like elements of the story. Matthew D. Hamel used rich turquoise and red squares on walls for his sets and the same bright color scheme for each location: a street in Brighton, the English city in which the show is set; a home’s interior. Lindsay Pape’s costumes fit the scenes perfectly, and they’re really fun. (My favorite is a dress with a big yellow fabric flower petal as its skirt; the funniest is Stanley’s skinny striped pants.)

» You can overlook a few line flubs, missteps and sound glitches such as those on Thursday’s preview night. They’re hardly worth considering, because they probably will be gone before you see it.

» You’re looking for an antidote to a bad day at work, a challenging day as a parent, a depressing day watching the news or just general malaise. There’s no way your mood won’t improve at this show.