Kieran and Joe: Friends of Steel
Mercurial chemistry in pair's solidly entertaining double act
This article is from 2012.
This masterclass in friendship is more of a lesson in intimidation as Kieran Hodgson and Joe Parham put the living fear into a front row which could be plucked from and experimented on at any moment. Now ploughing on as a trimmed-down double act (yes, they’re minus an extra Joe these days), Kieran plays the role of naïve buffoon while Joe is the permanently on-edge moaner for whom nothing is ever quite right. As they explore the ‘six golden rules of friendship’ through various scenarios such as Friends of Steel, the ante is well and truly upped on audience participation.
The pair’s mercurial chemistry (there’s a splendid bit about them finishing off each other’s sentences) and choreographed blundering is a real joy at first but isn’t quite enough to maintain total interest through to their sing-song finale. Identically dressed (think a less hirsute 118 118 duo than the felonious Reservoir Dogs), the twosome lead us through the trials and tribulations of being pals with sketches involving an invisible chum, the holiday from hell and some R’n’B silliness.
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