Anna & Katy
Inventive, anarchic, satirical sketches
This article is from 2009.
Previously seen at the Fringe under the collective moniker of Penny Spubb, Anna Crilly and Katy Wix return under their own names after successful individual stints on TV in Lead Balloon (Crilly) and Not Going Out (Wix). While the show’s title may be simplicity itself, attempting to evoke the sheer joyful lunacy of the hour on offer is not. Pythonesque is a term widely overused in the comedy world but one that has rarely been more apt. Like Cleese and co, the pair combine the anarchic with the satiric as they set about lampooning everything from Middle England to working class misogyny in a series of skits that lurch wildly from the surreal to the bizarre. Terry Gilliam’s animation has been replaced by little video clips that serve the dual purpose of amusing us and allowing them space for costume changes.
Like all sketch shows, it’s a hit and miss affair, but the latter are few with the show hurtling along at such a pace there is little time to reflect on those that don’t work so well. At it’s best, utterly hilarious. At it’s worst, just wildly inventive.