No Pants Thursday (1 star)

This article is from 2011.

No Pants Thursday

Massively underwhelming with air of painful youth theatre production

Sketches that go nowhere, no punchlines, lame scenarios. And all in their underwear. No Pants Thursday’s sketch show massively underwhelms with a misplaced enthusiasm bringing to mind a meticulously rehearsed but ultimately painful youth theatre production. A cautionary tale to future Fringe performers: delivering unfunny material in underpants doesn’t make it any less so. It only serves to raise the embarrassment factor for all concerned.

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No Pants Thursday

  • 1 star

No Pants Thursday (NPT) is a four-man Irish comedy group, which has arisen from the comedy hotbed of Trinity College, Dublin. In this, their debut Edinburgh Fringe show, they hark back to their boy-band success in the 1990s, NPT take to the road for a comeback tour. This time, less songs, more sketches. The all style, no…


1. David O'Doherty fan21 Aug 2011, 5:37pm Report

While hardly cutting edge, the No Pants Thursday show had something for everyone, and pants or no pants, the night I attended the packed audience laughed for a full hour - and that's a good night out by any standards. The diverse collection of sketches moved along at a flying pace - though one or two pieces would have benefited from a slower pace which allowed the audience react. In the mix, some pieces were funnier than others, one not funny at all and one very funny indeed - though I suspect the audience would find it hard to agree which was which (OK, my neighbour thought the politically incorrect IRA sketch so hilarious he went back a second night). My own favourite was the 'difficult' employee continually undermining his bosses attempt to censure him. All the performers were competent and watchable - one had the stage presence that makes everything he does hilarious - and the singing was (almost) too good for a boy band. Unpretentious fun.

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