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