Clever Peter (4 stars)

This article is from 2008

Clever Peter

It's the League of Pythons!

Sketch shows are generally hit and miss affairs, but Clever Peter's unswerving ability to hit the target would put Phil Taylor to shame. Don't let the inclusion of libidinous gorillas and plastic penises fool you into thinking their brand of humour isn't sophisticated: here are three performers of exceptional talent. Given the venue's sweltering heat, they may come to regret choosing their trademark of colourful jumpers. However, the energy – and the jokes – never let up as one brilliant gag follows another. With sketches that include a terrifyingly over-affectionate father-in-law and a possessed Enid Blyton, it's madcap yet dark, a little Monty Python meets The League of Gentlemen.

Voiceovers feature prominently, from a snooker-style commentary on a bad first date to two sexually frustrated office workers' inner monologues. Both Richard Bond and Edward Eales-White are excellent, but the Terry Jones-esque William Hartley, with his extraordinary facial expressions and uncanny ability to impersonate Russell Crowe, really stands out as a possible star of the future.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12 & 19), 10pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50).

Clever Peter

  • 4 stars

A sketch show with a high hit-rate from three exceptionally talented performers. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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