MOTHER (3 stars)

This article is from 2019


Daft skits from pairing with chemistry to burn

Mother is a slick London sketch duo made up of Laura Curnick and Jack Mosedale, friends that met at an improv class, as one skit handily explains. Dressed in a Bjӧrk t-shirt (her) and Celine Dion top (him), they present a conveyor belt of characters, starting with two annoying female daytime telly presenters who blame women for … most things apparently, while flashing terrifying grins. Later a male feminist reads his poetry at an open-mic night, revealing unsavoury views on women much to the host's horror, and there's a song about getting overexcited about wearing lanyards.

It's fun, daft stuff with camp shout-outs to Cher and Donna Summer alongside lots of corpsing and chemistry between the pair. When they're not 'Mothering' it up together, Mosedale does a 'gay time travel' podcast called The Hole Seekers and Curnick is an actor – good training for their scene about a performer interfering in a Chekhov translation.

Although some scenes don't quite take off, the one about surreal London train station names offers a flashback to Alan Partridge's horse-racing commentary, and the finale is fabulous: Mosedale is too shy to belt out those butch, Cheapside market trader cries, but gives it his simpering best shot.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 14), 10.15pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).


  • 3 stars

MOTHER Comedy Low-brow, high-camp sketch comedy duo MOTHER make their Fringe debut with an unapologetically hilarious hour of trashy treasure. From tactless HR Managers to the high glamour of Jane McDonald, get yourself some pink fizz and settle down for a night in with Mother. Go on. You deserve it. An 'inspired slice of…