Present and correct (2*)

2013-08-23Ruth’s 2* review:

Sketch comedy from a group of young uns.  I’m afraid this was weak.  They seemed very nice, very sweet, they’d obviously put a bit of effort in.  But for me it consistently failed to hit the funny.  I thought there was a bit of potential in their jokes about universities having lunch and explaining science to someone… but… yeah.

Ian’s Review: 2*

A fairly weak sketch show.  The basic themes for the sketches were mostly pretty weak schoolboy humour, and although the delivery was confident it lacked flair and timing.

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Birthday Girls 2053 (3.5*)

Ruth’s 3.5* review:

The Birthday Girls (previously part of Lady Garden) live in 2053 in a time when comedy has been banned. They perform underground comedy, standing up to the man. I enjoyed the sketches enough, they were reasonably funny and well delivered. The nun sketch was hilarious. I thought I’d probably give this a solid three, but as an overall piece it was very well crafted. The story was coherent and consistent, and the callbacks were quietly interwoven throughout and nicely done. I imagine it will get better as they settle into the run too.

Idiots of Ants ANThology (4.5*)

Ruth’s Review

I have been following Idiots of Ants for a number of years now and I was sad they were not doing a full Fringe run this time.  Just a few night with a ‘best of’ show.  As ever it was excellent, Idiots of Ants are such a slick act.  Very funny.  Easily the best sketch act I have seen.  Shame it wasn’t new material but was glad to see the wii fencing sketch again (and sorry they didn’t include the swingers party).

Ian’s Review

I agree with Ruth completely – I love IoA and it was great to see some material I haven’t seen for a couple of years (I saw last year’s show twice).  They continue to go from strenght to strength.  I only hope they will be back next year for a full run with a new show!

The Chris and Paul Show (4*)

Chris and Paul performed a series of largely silent sketches which tended to be based around their mischievous and child-like personas.

These guys were extremely likable and it worked very very well. The approach felt fresh and different and was often very funny.

I loved the balloons, I loved the cookies, I loved the spelling bee, I loved the fire… and they got me on stage which was scary scary.

Really good. Liked it.

Ladystache (2*)

These girls were so nice, so likeable, and they had clearly put a bit of effort into their act. Sadly it wasn’t funny though.

Thing is, it wasn’t offensive or inappropriate or completely off the mark. It just didn’t really have anything much funny in it. I don’t really know what to make of a bunch of entirely neutral sketches, I’ve not seen anything like it before.

One of the girls had some great accents and facial expressions, and the other did an excellent Bjork impression.

Otherwise… well… erm…

Wit Tank (3.5*)

Ian’s review…

Wit Tank are a sketch comedy troupe that Ruth has seen a couple of times before.  They did a fairly good job of entertaining, and I was consistently smiling throughout. There were a couple of really good laughs too.

They seem like nice guys and are fun to watch, but it feels like the insights they build their sketches around are a bit on the superficial side. Much of the material would be really good if your friends came up with it in the pub, but I expect slightly more from my sketch comedy.  I nearly gave this 3*, but I did enjoy it and there were a couple of memorable jokes so they edged the extra half!

Ruth’s review…

Well this is the third year I have been to see WitTank and they’ve upgraded from the Caves to the Pleasance. A good sign. And fair play, they are still young lads and when first we saw them they were a really very reasonable sketch group. I see myself as a fair judge of up-and-coming comedy and I’ve had my eye on them. Certainly they were a cut above the other stuff at their venue, which was impressive given their tender ages, and it felt like they were almost there. Problem is, still feels like they are almost there. Their stuff is amusing, I was certainly happy to watch it, but I was hoping they would step it up a notch.

The Silky Pair: Happy to help (3*)

Silky Pair have set up a pop up Fringe shop and want to sell you sketches and songs, but they are forced to give them away for free.

A couple of good sketches (a hip hop style song and a fitness video) but overall a little bit ‘forced’ or perhaps over-acted.

Nice girls though, likeable, I was quite happy to watch it.