God's Pottery (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.

God's Pottery

Comics for Jesus have a spat

God’s Pottery return after last year’s Eddies newcomer nominated outing in which they raised over £100 for LaVert, a child who had cancer; or at least said he did. This year Gideon Lamb and Jeremiah Smallchild have upped the stakes and settled on saving the whole world. So convincing is the pair’s parody of enthusiastic singing Christians, that some parts of the show are genuinely toe-curling. The pudding bowl haircuts and ‘Virginity Rocks!’ T-shirts teamed with Jesus sandals are perfectly pitched, their fervently ecclesiastical masks never slip and overall the show and its songs are meticulously constructed.

The duo move, applying Jesus balm, through nine ‘problem’ areas of the world that they have previously pinpointed including such troublesome hot spots as ‘adoption,’ ‘Africa’ and ‘women.’ Of course, there is friction in their relationship and their irritations with each other topple over into a bit of a spat, but their reconciliation is touchingly played out in the highlight of the show through a multimedia duet where Jeremiah has taken himself ‘outside’ (shown on screen) to walk off his anger. Ultimately, though, their offering is enjoyable rather than belly-achingly funny. (Marissa Burgess)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 15, 22), 6.40pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).

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