Just These Please: Suitable
- Brian Donaldson
- 12 August 2019
Sketch quartet invariably hit the target
The League of Gentlemen gained Fringe glory in 1997 while wearing dinner jackets as a neat comedic counterpoint to the tawdry nature of some of their output. Uniformly and equally well scrubbed-up in suits are the Just These Please foursome, who hit a decent strike-rate with their '25 fresh new sketches and songs in 55 fast minutes', but it might be something of a stretch to suggest that they'll be an all-conquering force when the big prizes are dished out.
Initially, it looks like the quartet might be operating on Royston Vasey levels of darkness when their jolly intro culminates in a dire warning about a terrorist attack in the venue, but that's as bleak as it gets (though the sketch that simply makes fun of Irish names hints at something a little less savoury going on). Inevitably, the world of social media and contemporary technology make appearances with an amusing bit on a gif-related medical condition but less successful is the song about people who abuse their phone-charging privileges.
An ill-judged routine about Edinburgh transport workers veers towards the patronising but is thankfully offset by sequences about grapes and war which feature actual jokes as punchlines rather than weakly ebbing away into the void.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 12), 12.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).