- Arusa Qureshi
- 22 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Boundless energy and fast-paced gags keep this hour motoring
When was the last time you heard Usher's 2004 hit banger 'Yeah'? Well, strap yourself in because you're going to hear it maybe 100 times at Business Casual's debut Fringe show. The American sketch trio take pride in their daft and childish brand of humour, with fast-paced gags and slapstick elements keeping the audience on their toes consistently for an hour.
Repetition is key to what Business Casual do, with each over-exaggerated return and callback to previously played-out jokes having the opposite effect to what you'd perhaps expect. Seeing the trio awkwardly hitting the 'woah' for the 20th time is as funny as the first, as is each reference to empty cans of Tennent's and each nostalgic Super Mario noise. In some ways, this threesome actually morph into a quartet thanks to their tech, whose quick reactions to the shenanigans on stage and their opportune sound effects become an essential part of the show.
Not every joke lands perfectly throughout, as in the quick-fire sketch section, where each member of the gang has their turn to offer a witty one-liner in response to the often odd suggestions of the all-mighty voiceover. But they can't really be faulted for their boundless energy and harmony as a group, which is what makes this show both fun and mildly tiring to watch.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 7.05pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).