How Do I Get Up There? (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

How Do I Get Up There?

Trio of goons are irresistible lords of the douche

A certain Mr C Shore sells sale signs down by the sea shore, in one sketch from this trio. Elsewhere, a police officer can only communicate with the accused through the medium of Les Mis-style histrionics. Both premises should give a rough idea where the How Do I Get Up There? crew’s brand of comedy registers on the ‘pure nonsense’ barometer.

Besides intricate wordplay and bellowed singing, there’s also prop-based gooning around (a bag of rice as love interest, a pink balloon for a face etc) and physical theatre (human wheelbarrows, a large-boned man being lifted and so on). In the hands of lesser talents, these absurd snippets would be achingly hard to watch, but boosted by a strand of affectionate cruelty, Chris Forbes, James Kirk and Kevin Mains prove to be irresistible lords of the douche.

Kirk’s baffled deadpan is exemplary; Mains’ offstage sports commentary is satisfyingly over-enthusiastic, and Forbes’ audible interior monologue a dark highlight in an otherwise pretty safe-for-aunties show. Even live slip-ups are well recovered, evidence that they can go off-script and still be trusted to find laughs there.

Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 25 Aug (not 12), 4pm, £10 (£9).

How Do I Get Up There?

  • 4 stars

How Do I Get Up There?/ The Assembly Rooms. Stars of BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, Chris Forbes, James Kirk and Kevin Mains are Scotland's most exciting live sketch group. The critically acclaimed trio finally perform their highly anticipated first ever full run at the Fringe. 'Excellent comic actors … arresting ideas and…