A Betrayal of Penguins (4 stars)

Penguin-based humour has never seemed such fun


This article is from 2009.

A Betrayal of Penguins

If you’ve been searching for the next big thing of Irish comedy, then this pair of social misfits might well do the trick. John Gallagher (‘renegade historian’) and Matthew Smyth (‘economist with nothing to lose’), take us on a breakneck adventure through friendship, love, and backstabbing in a set which simply refuses to let up over the course of its excellent 50 minutes.

A Betrayal of Penguins (fear not, a cogent explanation of the title is offered up early on) has the pair taking turns to outgag the other leading to a particularly high laugh rate. Their chemistry is apparent from the off and they are unafraid of being downright silly, though the whole penguin theme and setpieces such as the Sigmund Freud family scene sketch are handled deftly. The only potential sour note is their over-use of the all-too familiar double act motif in constantly attempting to undermine one another, but this is easily forgivable when there are such fizzing jokes and fluid stage presence on display.

SweetHeart, 0870 241 0136, until 31 Aug, 1.20pm, £7.50 (£6.50).

This article is from 2009.

A Betrayal of Penguins

  • 4 stars

Two of Ireland's finest up-and-coming comedians (John Gallagher/Matthew Smyth) take you on a hilarious adventure through life, love, betrayal. No penguins were betrayed in making of this show. 'Ireland's next great comedy partnership' (Irish Comedy Review).


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