Kiosk of Champions

This article is from 2009

Kiosk of Champions

Lo-fi, no-budget sketch fun that’s big on imagination

The words ‘Horne’ and ‘Corden’ have struck terror into those preaching good things about young comedy in this country. But Stuart Goldsmith, the Scottish National Busking Champion of 2001, sees some positives oozing out of this pus-riddled BBC3 disaster. ‘I think it’s shown how difficult it is to do good sketches and I hope people would watch their show and develop a new found respect for sketch comedy.’

Last year, Goldsmith teamed up with Richard Sandling (the film obsessive who has performed three Fringe shows about his love of VHS over DVD) for an hour of unflashy, chatty routines which would have offended very few but satisfied the many.

There were no silly wigs, no daft props and as for stage lighting: you should find yourself grateful the whole thing wasn’t conducted in the pitch black. ‘I have an aversion to carrying props around because I’ve been a street performer and was used to lugging around lots of gear. The more we write material the more we liked ad hoc performing and relying on people’s imagination. We briefly discussed the use of a paperclip in this year’s show but a final decision has yet to be taken.’ It really is the little things that can make such a big difference.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 9–30 Aug (not 19), 3.45pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50). Previews until 8 Aug, £5.

Kiosk of Champions 2: Kiosk of Champions!

  • 2 stars

Richard Sandling and Stuart Goldsmith, 'supremely funny oddballs' (Time Out), sequelise their award-winning 2008 extravaganza. Lo-fi sketches, competent banter, Peloponnesian dancing. 'Funny, fresh, positively Pythonic' (Scotsman). 'Expect big laughs' (Guardian).

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