Happy Hour in It Takes 3
This article is from 2006.
There was a buzz outside the theatre as we were waiting to go in. People had heard about these three American lads and were looking forward to seeing them. The question is would they be disappointed? Judging by the amount of laughter and applause at the end I don't think they were. But then I have to ask, had what we'd seen been new? Like all types of sketch show the gags were hit and miss. I am pleased to say that it was more hit. To start with the three performers look funny and different, which is essential for this format. The show was slow to begin with, with some old-fashioned slapstick, but then the three went off into some fresh comic territory. Their roadtrip to LA to perform as a boyband produced some very funny moments. They were at their weakest when they exploited the audience, as all comedians are. You never know if these things are set up, but certain elements seemed cheap. Their exploitation of female audience members is not funny, but embarrassing and uncomfortable in these times. One wonders if they would use a big burly man in such a way. If these guys stick to the high energy fresh material then they could go a long way. (Michael Plant)
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug (not 16), 6pm