Laurence and Gus (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

The winners of the inaugural Dubble Act award have not allowed a Fringe absence to dent their enthusiasm for larking around with form and content and any prospective comedy coupling should be sent along at regular intervals to look and learn. Next in Line is a simple premise exquisitely executed. Like some kind of global relay race, one character appears in successive sketches passing the baton on to another character who passes the baton on to another and so on. Among the many figures are a contract killer back in the game, a divorced idiot trying to cope with life on his own, and Mark Knopfler’s son. Who happens to be rubbish at the guitar.

When the going threatens to get too repetitive, they step outside of the show for a spot of infectious po-mo banter. In a Fringe rammed with shows and venues which will have you twitching with discomfort and sweatily praying for the hour to chime, the pure enjoyment that Laurence Howarth and Gus Brown provide is a rare beast indeed. (Brian Donaldson)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14), 5pm, £9-£10 (£8-£9).

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