The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham
- Craig Angus
- 16 August 2018
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).