WitTank (2 stars)

This article is from 2012


Disappointing show from the recently televised comedy trio

The comedy troupe of three return to the Fringe after a bout at the Beeb with more of their quick and quicker-fire sketch show fare. Occupying the ground between enthusiastic amateurs and reliable professionals, WitTank tick all the boxes with a show that incorporates everything up to and including the obligatory audience participation section and a number of ‘gaffes’ that prompt the performers to laugh at themselves (or their own jokes).

The show moves fast enough not to outstay its welcome, just. And the spirited performances do go some way to winning over any uncertain viewers, despite most of the material being mediocre to awful. For the most part, the short-short vignettes come across like snippets of improv (though they aren’t), while the longer sketches feel like rejected routines from a better show. All that said, there are one or two decent moments, one involving a debonair yeti, another a sleazy Latin lover, both of which are returned to more than once during the course of this disappointing show.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 6.20pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

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