The Listies: Ickypedia (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

The Listies: Ickypedia

credit: Andrew Wutke

Fart gags and messy fun from the dynamic duo

It's just as well Matt and Rich have arrived at the Fringe armed with toilet paper guns, because as always with these two, the toilet humour comes thick and fast.

In a bid to broaden our minds, Rich has brought along a dictionary – but much to his disapproval, Matt hasn't done his homework, keeps farting and, shock horror, has made up his own words instead. Cue lots of inventive word play, plugging the gaps in the English language with new inventions such as 'Spewtiful' and 'Fartle' (you'll have to see the show to find out what they mean).

In the best tradition of comedy duos, Rich is the straight man to Matt's relentless silliness and ineptitude. Both win a place in our hearts – Matt for his boundless enthusiasm and love of body rolling, Rich because he has to put up with him.

Squeals of delight from little ones accompany each burst of silly string from a can or fake wind from a bottom; grown-ups chortle at the less obvious gags – but much of the time we're all laughing at the same thing during this hour of ridiculous mayhem.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 18 Aug, 1.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

The Listies: Ickypedia

  • 4 stars

The Listies ★★★★★ (Fest). ★★★★★ (List). ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ★★★★★ ( ★★★★★ ( ****½ (Age). Australia's kidult comedians are back with a new show filled with trademark bottom-waggling anarchy! Based on The Listies best-smelling book, Ickypedia aims to answer all of life's unimportant…