Two Episodes of MASH
Potentially great sketches simmer to nothing
This article is from 2008.
Their publicity photo brings to mind the sellotaped surrealist madness of early noughties Noble and Silver while their onstage relationship might, with a wildly imaginative leap mind, make you think of Terry and June had they been members of Monty Python rather than Neighbourhood Watch. Despite a promising start, it turns out that Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan’s collective moniker is the most fascinating thing about them.
Sweetly daft sketches about a groomed falcon and a human cannonball gone astray make for fun watching and hint at something great but it’s not too long before the pair have resorted to the tired format of namedropping slightly off-kilter ‘celebrities’ (Kriss Akabusi’s reputation seems to be alive and kicking at this year’s Fringe) and hoping that the mere act of mentioning those folk has an inherent comedic quality. With a bit more work, these two could make beautiful sketch music together, but for now the consistency of writing is letting them down.
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