The Real MacGuffins: Skitsophrenic (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

The Real MacGuffins: Skitsophrenic

Sketch comedy verging on madness

From the preposterous dance that opens this impeccably smooth sketch show, there’s a sense of fun and an appealing silliness to The Real MacGuffins that are hard to resist. They have the knack of being funny without doing much, so in a show as ably scripted and as tightly put together as this one, the laughs come thick and fast.

Entitled Skitsophrenic, a theme of madness vaguely binds things together, but the three guys can’t stop themselves branching off, whether into a stomach-churning job interview or a truly disturbing impression of our beloved monarch. Things could probably do with some tightening up in the middle – a Christmas Carol-based routine goes on a bit too long – but it all comes together in a surprisingly moving operatic ending.

The threesome aren’t afraid to leaven their sometimes clever humour with knob gags and crudity, but they do focus a little too much on gay sex and closet queens, themes that pall when you’ve seen them several times. Even when the show threatens to descend into madness itself, as the trio work out their personal feuds in front of the audience, it’s still held together by superb deliveries, a sure sense of timing and a tremendous confidence and generosity.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 16), 4.30pm, £9–£11 (£8–£9.50).

Edinburgh 2011 trailer SKITSOPHRENIC

The Real MacGuffins: Skitsophrenic

  • 3 stars

Following 2010's sell out debut show, the boys return to the Pleasance Courtyard with a brand new hour of hilarious sketches, directed by Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh, Spymonkey).'One of the most original and riotous shows of the festival … a relentless display of wit and creativity' ★★★★★ ( 'Three very…

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