The Blanks' Big Break
- Jen Bowden
- 6 August 2012
This article is from 2012
A capella comedy from the Scrubs quartet, with some non-musical filler thrown in
George, Paul, Sam and Philip are best known as nervy lawyer Ted’s all male a capella quartet from the TV series Scrubs. Now billed as The Blanks, in their Fringe debut they don’t let you forget it. Combining stand-up, sketches and frankly impressive singing, they frequently riff on their celebrity and include a cover of the Scrubs theme tune (Lazlo Bain’s ‘Superman’), which was by far one of the highlights of the night.
The Blanks are at their best when singing; humour bursts from subtle additions to their song and dance routines but the sketches are over-scripted and slow. A random plot featuring an unsuspecting talent agent, a roll of toilet paper and a space cruise ship breaks up the music, but is little more than filler for the real comedic power of the group.
Songs pack the punches here and nothing escapes unscathed. The Who, Flipper and A-ha are all on the receiving end of an a capella makeover and a custom made dance routine. The real power comes in the finish, where it’s worth stamping your feet for a pop-themed encore that stole the show.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 27 August, 9:30pm, £12--£14 (£9.50--£12).