Pick Me Up
Slightly lacking sketch fare
This article is from 2013.
This sketch-based comedy features a familiar series of quick-fire, hit-and-miss, random vignettes performed with gusto, here by a cast of four game young chaps. There are sketches involving a playful attempt at GBH on a commuter train, a criminal mastermind rewinding through the scene of a crime to reveal the bits we missed and a king dispensing justice to a flasher by having his extremities removed one-by-one. Plus there’s a masked and cloaked villain repeating the mistake of marrying, having kids and losing his family to another man – oh, and a skit on the Super Mario Bros. Although there is some scenario/character repetition, for the most part the sketches neither gel nor contrast well with one another. Lacking structure and any kind of thematic or tonal unity, Pick Me Up feels unfocused and ill-conceived. There’s little to distinguish it as sketch comedy, and it suffers in comparison to other, more cleverly conceived shows working in the same format.
Still, it does have its moments. Most notably, several amusing appearances by a malign wasp that performs like a super-pissed character out of a Quentin Tarantino film.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, 556 5375, until 25 Aug (not 13), 7.40pm, £8–£10 (£6–£8).