Casual Violence Presents: House of Nostril (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Casual Violence Presents: House of Nostril

credit: Sam Franklyn

Gang with a real nose for sketch comedy

The House of Nostril transforms a sweaty Pleasance box into a crumbly family pile, home to a dastardly clan and filled with creepy denizens. In a series of linked sketches, the members of Casual Violence embody generations of the Nostril family and those who serve them. From the cruel patriarch to the shouty chef, the characters are fully formed, with even the backdrop managing to acquire a personality by the end of the hour. The chimney sweeps, who come from the Bob 'Oskins school of cockerney, are particularly weird, macabre and hilarious. Live musical accompaniment from a deadpan Ben Champion keeps the production zipping along and not a second is allowed to pass without the boys finding a comedy moment. With great amounts of wit and energy, and very much silliness, they are reminiscent of We Are Klang's irreverent mayhem. Building on the success of the last few years, House of Nostril capitalises on the Casual Violence skill at exposing the darker side of life and coalesces into a wickedly funny show (with some oddly touching moments). This is superlative sketch comedy.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 3.45pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£9).

Casual Violence Presents: House of Nostril

  • 4 stars

Casual Violence! Comedy. Award-winning sketch terrors 'creative, strange, brilliantly performed stuff' (Kate Copstick, Scotsman) and double Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality nominees (2011 and 2012) present the rise and fall and fall and fall and fall and fall and rise and fall of the most villainous bloodline in…