Checkley and Bush's Comedy Riot
Madcap comedy and music mashed with sly observation
This article is from 2012.
Two friends navigate a comic misunderstanding while awaiting rescue from a breakdown recovery man. A menacing trainee marriage counsellor displays her love of books by Martina Cole. With song parodies, Olympics on stage, exaggerated dancing and an ode to Marks and Sparks, it’s quickly apparent that Laura Checkley and Victoria Bush are assured performers; their repartee is natural and unforced, and an infectious giddy humour warms the room up immediately.
Some glorious turns of phrase are tucked in there, and they swing between different personae with ease. There’s excellent material in places, but other pieces drag and skew the overall pace. But, it’s silly and feelgood and makes one want to storm the stage and throw some shapes along with them. And while I didn’t have so much fun that I forgot my name, as suggested, it was a lot of fun. If madcap and music mashed with sly, sometimes uncomfortable, observation blows your hair back, then this one goes out to you.
The Caves, 556 5375, until 26 Aug (not 14), 8.55pm, £7–£8 (£6–£7).