The Angry Puppy
- Claire Sawers
- 7 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Slick and slightly sick sketch silliness
Biting the crowd's ankles for one seamless hour, this foursome of jokers have created a scary but amazing collection of oddball crazy-ladies. It's from The Comedy Unit production team behind Chewin' the Fat and Rab C Nesbitt, who also brought last year's critically acclaimed The Ugly Kid with two of last year's stars, Susan Calman and Leah McRae, returning and bringing along Marj Hogarth and Kirstin Mclean. Between them they act out a string of (mostly) Glasgow-flavoured characters with a few smarmy TV exec types and common or garden weirdies thrown in.
Calman, a well-liked Stand regular, is excellent as a wide-eyed Jeanette Krankie lookalike trying to get into the posh Glenlivingston Academy, or seduce her boyfriend with her creepy 'wee green goblin' foreplay, while McRae doubles as a fighty, working class snob (with the catchphrase 'oh my actual god!'), and a girl freakishly possessive of her dad. Well-observed back-stabbing and two-faced, gobby characters make this an original, slick and very funny show.
The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 1.30pm, £8 (£7).