Max and Ivan – The Reunion
An unstoppably buoyant duo with ultimately infectious gusto and stage presence
This article is from 2013.
In Max and Ivan’s sketch parody of a college reunion the duo deliver a kind of bugs-bunny-baseball show, playing a whole host of roles at the same time in this quick-fire performance. The sketches revolve largely around hyper-allergic bumbler, Brian – will he snuff it before getting together with his childhood sweetheart? As the love story unfolds we meet a cornucopia of characters, including a randy geography teacher, a pair of tetchy ex-bandmates, a smarmy Scandinavian love rival and a vodka-swilling old dame.
Like herring vodka, some of the characters in this sketch are an acquired taste. There’s too much emphasis on Brian the saccharine sycophant, and the show begins to drag from the middle, with the same characters recurring, often bringing the same gags with them. Towards the end the show feels strained, and you want to toss Brian a peanut and have done with it.
That said, there are some decent quips in here and the on-stage chemistry between the pair keeps the show afloat, Max and Ivan are an unstoppably buoyant duo – their gusto and stage presence is ultimately infectious.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 13), 8.20pm, £9–£12.50 (£8–£10).