Moon (4 stars)

This article is from 2018


credit: Steve Ullathorne

Eerie but finely honed boiler-suited comedy

Moon are no ordinary sketch duo. Maybe it's something to do with their provincial upbringings, but they now exist in an infinitely strange and totally wonderful little world. They begin by inviting us to order a curry with them, the doctored menu allowing for the first of the more straight observations in the show.

Describing themselves as 'immersive', Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin are tinkering with the sketch format, using the audience a touch but also pushing the boundaries of the space, both heading off into the crowd and also leaving the room completely for a while. The skits blend slickly but eerily into each other– usually by twisting a noise from one to the next, which elicits a laugh before they've even started. But it's not all about the gimmick, and not one segment ends with a lame punchline.

There's an other-worldly quality too here; maybe it's the sinister, stark white boiler-suits they sport: after all, we all know the bad things that can happen when guys wear that item of clothing. If that wasn't enough to fit into an hour they throw in a bunch of highbrow references, though not to the point of inaccessibility. Magical stuff.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 9.30pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£9).


  • 4 stars

Comedy sketch double act by Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin.