Giraffe: Sketchy Comedy (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Giraffe: Sketchy Comedy

credit: Simon Fowler

Trio find joy in domestic strife sketches

There’s a strong endency among contemporary sketch groups to plunder heavily from popular culture. How many times have you seen a sketch about Harry Potter or Twilight? Well, don’t worry, because threesome Giraffe have got skits about both. As well as Star Trek, Sesame Street, Frankenstein’s monster and James Bond (though admittedly, the excellent impersonation of Pierce Brosnan makes this weak sketch tolerable). Think about classic sketches of our times and most are created out of details culled from the oddities of society or individual quirks rather than some celebrity being lampooned.

Where the trio have much more joy is in the examples of domestic strife such as the woman being uncomfortable with her brother-in-law mooching around the house (and with very good reason) while there’s fun to be had as Mary and Joseph attend relationship counselling (less popular culture that, and more a historical analysis). And there’s an enjoyable running gag in which lovers of musical theatre are assaulted and killed by a masked marauder.

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Giraffe: Sketchy Comedy

  • 3 stars

GIRAFFE Comedy. Giraffe Comedy presents a brand new sketch show. Ali James, George Kemp and John Oakes fire through a volley of satirical and surreal material. The trio's energetic, fast-paced show rockets along with recognisable characters and recurring favourites. This 50 minute shindig skips seamlessly from sketch to…