Real MacGuffins Come Again (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Real Macguffins

credit: Idil Sukan

Magnificent hats and oddball songs

Dan, Matt and Jim AKA sketch trio Real MacGuffins are back for another hour-long pick ‘n’ mix of sweet, heart-warming goodness. With little more than a keyboard, bargain basement costume tat and bags of enthusiasm and energy, they tackle skits involving a diverse range of characters. Some of the rolling cast are more memorable than others, but it'd take a jaw of girder not to be tickled by a prim minister and his wife organising 'Club 18-30' or the Victorian class system reimagined, overseen by a magnificently behatted Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

There's much to enjoy here: the twisty wordplay, double entendres and versatility of the lads, the palpable, sweaty thrill of their own tomfoolery. Talented singers of oddball songs, the group are also deft at rehashing and mashing up scenes to comic effect, while their camaraderie and equally warm manner and collusion with the audience are happy things to watch.

Randomness is this show's gain: stir in imagination and graft and you've got a refreshing cocktail of jolliment, shenanigans and good old-fashioned joie de vivre

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug (not 12), 5pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Real MacGuffins Come Again

  • 3 stars

Dan, Jim and Matt are back. Following highly acclaimed sell-out shows in 2010 and 2011, and a busy 2012 with TV appearances in Miranda (BBC1), Spy (SKY1), Lee Nelson's Well Funny People (BBC3) and The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (BBC2), they return fitter, stronger and fatter. Expect another hour of 'charmingly foolish…