Late Night Gimp Fight (1 star)

This article is from 2012

Late Night Gimp Fight

Risible, regrettable and rotten sketch comedy

Where to begin? Firstly, perhaps the lads behind Late Night Gimp Fight deserve some praise for sheer audacity. Not sure who thought they would regularly cram people into a venue the size of Pleasance Forth but it’s barely half-full on a night when not even the Olympics could be blamed.

Opening with a series of projected negative press quotes from 2011, you feel certain that they’ll confound the critics with some barnstorming material. If getting hold of footage of famous movies and iconic pop videos (‘Thriller’, ‘Vogue’) into which a Gimp is inserted à la Zelig is deemed cutting edge these days, then we’re all thoroughly doomed.

‘Now time for an inevitably weaker punchline’ also flashes up in massive letters, which seems to suggest that the sketches are of a varying quality when dire seems to be the default setting. Still, if your idea of a strong punchline is someone having a bottle inserted into their anus, then you might have a whale of a time. Actually that might make the routine sound hugely offensive when dull and pointless are more appropriate adjectives. One scene perhaps sums up the Gimps’ failings: there’s a nice opening to a Scooby-Doo sketch which fuses the actors’ running with the animation behind them but once they open their mouths to give us the dialogue that’s presumably been sweated over for months, it all goes to pot.

As for the sequence when a front row guy is dragged up to be serenaded with accusations of paedophilia, the mind utterly boggles at the sheer invention at play here. In the Gimps’ opening tune, they promise that the audience will feel ‘dirty and used’. Bored and desperate for an hour’s comedy that hasn’t had its brains kicked out is more like it.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 10pm, £12.50–£14 (£11–£12.50).

Late Night Gimp Fight

Very off-the-wall sketches and songs in a fabulous late-night show.