Late Night Gimp Fight! (3 stars)

This article is from 2011

Late Night Gimp Fight!

Photography | Idil Sukan

Fast-paced sketches are more smutty than obscene

Turn up to a show like this at such a late hour and you should know what you’re letting yourself in for. Despite the establishment whiff that hangs around an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, if you can’t stomach jokes about bumming, incest and the Ku Klux Klan, this isn’t the show for you.

On the other hand, for those who thrive on such things this might seem surprisingly tame: the Gimps make a big song and dance about being weird and dangerous (literally, to the tune of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’) but often seem scared to delve too far into taboo territory, preferring instead to raise a gasp by skirting its edges. The pace is in keeping with the attention span of the average drunk as sketches range in length from short to very short indeed, while video interludes between each skit where the gimps invade classic film scenes and music videos are amusing, if formulaic.

There’s an occasional sense of too much build-up for too little pay-off, but the speed and slickness do much to camouflage that, and the five are at their best when showing how well they do clever, choreographed musical comedy, a typically smutty spoof on the musical Chicago’s ‘Cell Block Tango’ being a real highlight.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 20), 10.30pm, £9.50–£12 (£8–£10.50).

Danny Boy

Late Night Gimp Fight

Very off-the-wall sketches and songs in a fabulous late-night show.

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