Clever Peter

This article is from 2009

Clever Peter

Rude sketch troupe sticking eggs into the appropriate baskets

Despite a widely praised debut, the thrusting chaps of sketch troupe Clever Peter are back at the Fringe with greater ambition, tighter writing and less sexual gratuity, if not crudity. Dental torture and primate anal rape are the abiding memories of their 2008 offering.

And though this year opens more naturalistically, with a man on the phone attempting to fix a problem with his credit card, expect 25 more frantic, inventive sketches woven around another knockabout tale. ‘We want to show as many different worlds, scenarios, characters and funny things as possible in one hour,’ Will Hartley enthuses. ‘We want them leaving and saying “How did they do that, that was amazing!”’

Regardless, they might still go to shameful lengths to publicise themselves. ‘Last year we walked down the Royal Mile in silver hotpants with pictures of our own faces on our groins,’ he admits. ‘We’ll happily pimp ourselves out to shift tickets.’

Looking ahead, they’ve recorded a radio pilot on spec ‘to send out after Edinburgh if anyone’s interested. But we wanted to really focus on the Fringe and not put our eggs in loads of different baskets. “Put all your eggs in one basket”: that’s what they say, isn’t it?’

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 9–30 Aug (not 18), 8.10pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews until 8 Aug, £5.

Clever Peter

After a sell-out Edinburgh debut in 2008, this award-winning sketch troupe return with a brand-new hour of their exciting, fast-paced comedy. 'Python meets 'The League of Gentlemen'' - ★★★★ (The List). 'Pretty much top of the class' - ★★★★ (Scotsman)

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