This delightful duo of medieval charlatans are on an episodic journey of absurdity in their quest to entertain.
This wild ride is jampacked with fantastically funny sketches that are witty, satirical and simply daft. The laughs are plenty when watching a kids history show that brings Stalin (or Joey S.) to the little ones, or a pair of connoisseurs who may have taken modern art a step too far. The creativity on display is seriously impressive, stupid, but impressive. There is a sketch in this show for everyone.
And it’s not purely displays of wildness, but relatable scenes that take interactions we are all too familiar with and skewing them in the funniest way possible. When the two are off stage getting prepared for their next instalment of insanity, the sound system plays announcements from a classist airline and trainlines that don’t exactly do what they say on the tin.
The pair together are just wonderful. They ooze natural charisma and bounce off each other with impeccable ease and skilful timing. Their character work is up there with the very best, complete with an impressive array of accents from across the British Isles. These hyperbolic versions of everyday people are frankly hysterical; it’s absurdist gold that manages to stay just within the parameters of possibility (except for the argumentative corpse). It’s silly and it’s outlandish and these two are not afraid to break the fourth wall. They’re not just daft clowns, throwing stuff out there and seeing what lands, but they are wordsmiths and phenomenal physical comedians that have meticulously created a sensational show.
The ‘Shame’ brothers have not come to Edinburgh to make any bold political statements or to preach any messages of self-improvement, but they are here to give you a wonderful hour of pure escapism and rambunctious laughter. If you want an evening of enjoyably dumb jokes, these are your guys.
22:25 at Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29)
August 23 – 28