House of Windsor (3 stars)

This article is from 2007

House of Windsor

Regal sketches with crowning glories to come

With last year’s debut as the Future, Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas received some rave reviews and an awards nomination before ending the summer being ensnared by one of the country’s powerhouse comedy PR companies. This year that soaring promise will inevitably crumble away into a dusty nothingness, then? Well, happily no. The pair have added Simon Bird to their writing and performing team to morph into the House of Windsor and this addition is a welcome one, upping the surreal silliness and often bubbling rage which accompanies modern, westernised living.

Similar to last year, their sketches are sourced from vastly original compartments of the comedic brain and blissfully spill out onto the stage. And, far more crucially, there is a pleasing abundance of amusing limb gestures. The performances weren’t as tight as they would have wished, but with such talent on board, there’s no reason to doubt that the slickness won’t fall into place over the month. And when it does, the sketches about hibernating bears, a trio of blokeish pals wondering whether they should keep the baby they’ve somehow inherited and Tim Henman stalking the Murray brothers will surely assert their true regal status.

Underbelly, 0870 745 3083, until 26 Aug (not 14), 5.10pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

The House of Windsor

  • 3 stars

The two Footlights guys who made an impressive debut at last year's Fringe return with some regal shenanigans, some better than others but packed with promise. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.