The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham

c. P Allardyce

Astonishing daftness from chaotic Fringe debutants 

It becomes very clear early on in Raymond and Mr Timpkins' show that these are two older gentlemen with a penchant for naughty words and toilet humour. Do you like jokes about putting things in bums? If you do then this show is for you; and you'll probably like the bit about setting a firework off in a cat's anus too. Ham is exceptional in its devotion to silliness; but before committing to going along, ask yourself, honestly, if you think fart noises are funny.

The duo's Edinburgh debut is an astonishing torrent of tomfoolery and a runaway train of brazen daftness. Split into two parts, their hour opens and closes with an extensive megamix, over which the pair lip-sync and act out lyrics from popular songs. In between times there's a brief 'narrative-led' segment involving a vicar, some dynamite and a tea towel with Nigel Farage's face on it
'What have you learned?' Mr Timpkins asks at the close, giving us the answer himself: 'fuck all!' They're unlikely to get a Netflix special out of it, but who cares? Kick back and enjoy the chaos.

Pleasance Dome, until 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £10–£12.50 (£9–£11.50).

The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham

  • 3 stars

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy The legendary terpsichorean twosome make their Edinburgh Fringe debut. If it is true that every story needs plot and narrative, it is fortunate indeed that this has both, which means if you're looking for a tale, one that includes the story telling devices of plottery and narrativery, then…