Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask) (2 stars)

Largely-poor material takes us back to the mid-70s

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This article is from 2010.

Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask)

It could have been a trick of the light, but did foursome Bad Bread just follow up the word ‘queries’ with a limp wrist gesture? Twice? At least not all of their largely-poor material takes us back to the mid-70s as they perform sketches introduced by a kiddie voiceover asking life’s big questions, such as ‘where do babies come from?’ and ‘what will I be when I grow up?’ with almost all of them tediously featuring a ‘spin’ on a historical/literary tale: Henry VIII seeking an internet date/Winnie the Pooh in prison/Christian Bale being angry.

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This article is from 2010.

Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn't Care to Ask)

  • 2 stars

After a sell-out at the 2009 festival, Bad Bread return to deliver more fast-paced, original sketch comedy, in their continual attempts to answer all the questions you've never dared to ask. Ever wondered what career options a potato has? How Henry VIII finds his wives? Or how Jesus would fare on 'Mastermind'? We explore…

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1. Alice23 Aug 2010, 6:23pm5 stars Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask) Report

I have to say, I really disagreed with your reviewers comments. I stumbled across the show by accident, and I'm delighted I did. I laughed throughout and even had tears in my eyes at moments (Tennis Chess and Juggling Hitler particularly). It was the best sketch show I've seen at the Fringe this year and I have been recommending it to all my friends. Sometimes I think reviewers lose touch with reality!

2. TraceyAnn23 Aug 2010, 7:57pm4 stars Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask) Report

I agree with Alice. Okay, it wasn't the best show of the Fringe, but it certainly wasn't as bad as the original reviewer is making out. But everyone is entitled to their opinion.

3. BenHobb23 Aug 2010, 8:25pm5 stars Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask) Report

Yeah, absolute nonsense! The show was great, very funny and imaginative. I think this reviewer missed the point!

4. BenHobb28 Aug 2010, 7:37pm5 stars Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask) Report

ooh...just seen they got a much better review in Three Weeks. That's more like it!

5. Simes28 Aug 2010, 10:55pm Report

We selected this show by iPhone and I'm glad we did. All three of us wished that "Uni" shows we had already seen had been of this high standard. Although the original reviewer stated that this was a return to the 1970's, he/she has missed the point that it's been quite a while since we saw such new clever material c.f. Fry/Laurie/Atkinson. It takes a ceratin type of mind to write really clever comedy and it was great to see a departure from some slightly self indulgent shows experienced this year.

6. Cathryn28 Aug 2010, 10:58pm5 stars Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Life (But Didn’t Care to Ask) Report

I went to see this show by chance. Boy am I glad I did! Having seen the self-indulged garbage from Cambridge Footlights last year, (there is an hour of my life I won't get back) I was a bit sceptical... but this show delivered humour, well thought out sketches, great actors and professionalism! From Spermio & Julie-egg (simply priceless) to Jesus on Mastermind, this show was well thought out and deserved more praise than was given by original reviewer...(one can only presume they were having a bad day)! When I went to see it, everyone was laughing - everyone seem to leave feeling happy and mutters of "that was clever"...and ....."very funny, brilliant" etc undertones were audible as we moved upstairs, so I think Bad Bread should be proud - I will definitely go and see them again at the Fringe or anywhere else! And I might even wear a ruff!!!! :)

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