Idiots of Ants (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Idiots of Ants

Glitches mar a slick show from comedy savants

Idiots of Ants aren’t having the best of nights: their projector is on the blink and their performance feels rushed. Killer lines are mumbled through and some of their sketches fall flat with this audience who are rightly expecting something a little more polished from this lauded foursome, back after two sell-out Edinburgh runs.

But even with these deficiencies, this energetic troupe are a cut above your average Fringe sketch show. They ooze chemistry from their subversive opening scene to their several creative crowd interactions, including one in which Elliott Tiney (whose sweetly appropriate name is the subject of one too many jokes) takes the audience to dinner.

Moreover, some of their best moments are improvised. Tonight, for instance, two Idiots inflict unexpected torture on their compatriots during a computer-game sketch as punishment for not checking the projector. The fact that their gags still work without these projected images is proof of the Idiots’ natural comic abilities. Their best moments are ecstatically funny, but with fewer flashy interludes and a tighter, less self-conscious rhythm, this could be a truly euphoric hour.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 8.15pm, £9–£10 (£7.50–£8.50).

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  • 3 stars

Following two sell-out Edinburgh's, the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) return with their unique blend of fast-paced sketch-comedy. 'Sheer excellence' (Scotland on Sunday); 'Must See!' (Daily Telegraph); 'Brilliant' (Time Out).

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