Luke and Harry's Dot Dot Dot
- Brian Donaldson
- 24 August 2012
This article is from 2012.
Shock tactics sideline the sketch laughs
When you are just two guys doing a series of sketches with no props or a set to speak of, those routines live or collapse on the quality of writing with weight of performance coming a close second. Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas managed it to gloriously surreal effect when they debuted as The Future, but here Harry Carr and Luke Davies do their damndest but ultimately fall a bit short.
They have certainly been brave with their choice of subject matter kept fairly narrow (a fair number of their sketches revolve around an icky scenario involving family members) but unsurprisingly, this tunnel vision succeeds in delivering the goods on, maybe, a couple of occasions.
The pair certainly paint it black with routines about a bathing grandfather, a mother attempting to tell her confused son about ‘the change’, and a father and daughter indulging in a weird seduction, but shocks alone simply aren’t enough. And their tactic of slapping the stage while saying ‘touchdown’ at the end of each bit goes from endearing to irritating rather swiftly, especially when the gesture follows yet another lame vignette.
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