Sisters: On Demand (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Sisters: On Demand

A tech-based sketch show skirting around the dark side

Sisters are a male sketch duo who are doing it for themselves. If you came along to see two female comics then apparently you're part of the problem, and presumably didn't look at the flyer properly. It's a nice silly gag to start with and sets out their stall for the messing around with expectations that's to come.

Having performed their Fringe debut last year, this time around they've decided to shake it up a bit and make some money by giving us sketches on demand, or 'Sketchflix'. Getting the audience to pick the next skit only really means that they still perform their six routines, just in a different order. That said the 'on demand' framing device is only one of the innovations they've employed. There are other gags that break through the traditional sketch format involving a remote control and replica robots of themselves.

Where Sisters' particular skill lies is in deriving much of the humour from the extended narrative within a sketch resulting in the ramping up of conflict, awkwardness or ridiculousness within. Often this might also feature a confused audience member on stage. The fact that their humour is somewhat on the dark side only serves to emphasise that awkwardness, and it's an interesting and effective dynamic. There were a few times when the energy dropped but overall this is an intriguing and inventive hour.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 8.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).