Thünderbards (4 stars)

This article is from 2013


Giving the sketch show a really good name

There’s barely a dud moment in this fantastic debut hour from Matt Stevens and Glenn Moore as they whizz through a bunch of scenes held together by their undercurrent squabbling and subtle power games. With each claiming to be the cool one of the pair (they are, of course, as uncool as one another), they set off on their ‘book of stories’ with scenes of a messy break-up, two spies meeting in Berlin (‘the Paris of Europe’), with Stevens hellbent at all times on changing their name to The Bears Upstairs.

The Tube pickpocket and the composer of Sound of Music being given a hard time by the film’s producer are equally as memorable, and after their brilliantly performed and hysterically written historical exhibition scene, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to hear the phrase ‘Hampton Court Palace’ in the future without doubling up.

Thünderbards (seemingly with a silent umlaut) are at the forefront of a new drive to make the sketch show vital again and there is a real invention and cunning behind their work.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug, 1.30pm, £7–£8 (£6–£7).


  • 4 stars

Thunderbards Comedy. Strapping sketch comedians Matt Stevens and Glenn Moore (So You Think You're Funny? 2012 finalist and Chortle Student Comedy Award 2011 runner-up) emerge, blinking into the Edinburgh sunlight with their hotly-tipped Fringe debut. Book tickets now and expect a torrent of tight sketches, witty…