The Real MacGuffins (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

The Real MacGuffins

Deliciously daft sketches

Double act Jim and Dan... no wait, there’s a third member, the put-upon (and aptly named) Matt. And therein lies the dynamic for the threesome’s sketch show.

The opening ‘this isn’t the show yet’ type skit establishes the hierarchy with Matt nestling at the bottom and as they continue through their hour, it’s peppered with self-reflexive comments such as asking each other ‘is that your estate agent voice?’ mid-sketch. It’s a familiar technique and one that works in the main, though some of the sketches lack punch, like the internally–worn mobile phones routine.

But when they do get it right there are some truly inventive moments: a Chekovian love triangle featuring potatoes and a limp handshake competition are deliciously daft. Plus there’s no faulting their execution as the acting is as slick as their matching suit jackets as they transform into weird shopkeepers and sexed-up tea ladies.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 10.45pm, £9–£11 (£7.50–£9.50).

The Real MacGuffins

  • 3 stars

Join sketch trio Dan March, Jim Millard and Matt Sheahan (aka The Real MacGuffins, Time Out Critics' Choice) as they climb the world's tallest mountain (in Hackney). See eerie shopkeepers, mentalist neighbours, terrible agents and something that should never be done with fonts; directed by Cal McCrystal ('Mighty Boosh'…