Lusty Mannequins: Uncommonwealth (4 stars)

Lusty Mannequins: Uncommonwealth

credit: Dahlia Katz

Canadian sketch group brings easy laughter across the pond

When a group of comedians appear in near complete darkness, save for an eerie red glow enveloping the stage, with 'Mad World' by Gary Jules playing in the background, it could really go either way. With Lusty Mannequins, it could not go much better.

The first sketch throws you straight in, as the two women discuss the benefits of shouting into their male counterparts' crotch areas to unload the overbearing effects of the patriarchy. They are obviously very comfortable around each other, and that very necessary camaraderie comes through more strongly as the hour progresses. Even if you're trying to avoid overly political comedy this festival season, Uncommonwealth manages to strike a good balance between approaching current topics such as the #MeToo and anti-vaxer movements, and presenting scenes as nonsensically funny as a dog high on magic mushroom chocolate.

Lusty Mannequins are incredibly talented, and not just because their sketches are rehearsed to perfection. One particular number, filled with improvisation drawn from audience interaction, will thoroughly convince you that they can truly do it all. A treat.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 25 Aug, 3pm, £9–10 (£8–9).

Lusty Mannequins: Uncommonwealth

  • 4 stars

Lusty Mannequins This 'sure to sell out act' (NOW Magazine) has four veteran performers with over 60 years combined comedy experience. Alastair Forbes, Ashley Comeau, Karen Parker and Connor Thompson are alumni of The Second City (the same comedy institution that birthed Tina Fey and Steve Carell). Equal parts…

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