Mixed Doubles (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Mixed Doubles

Young foursome present pop culture sketches with mixed results

’Aaand, that’s why kittens love twine’, simpers one particularly dreary Scottish folk musician, coming to the end of another whimsical, truly insipid ballad, as an imaginary guest on Later… With Jools Holland. Game of Thrones, Benny Hill and The Apprentice also provide telly-inspired material for this young foursome to play around with, with varying results.

The hits outweigh the misses though, and when the punchlines sometimes fall flat, there’s always another ludicrous accent/ flimsy prop/ office stereotype waiting in the wings to distract the audience swiftly away from any baffled silences.

Relationships and dating make up a good chunk of the subject matter (crap first dates, the awkwardness of introducing new boyfriends to friends, unromantic modern vocabulary etc), as do household name celebrities du jour (their crowd-pleasing Andy Murray flatlines at any attempt to summon any emotions; while Ryan Gosling outsmarms everyone with his over-confident ways).

As a two-boy, two-girl team of performers, they all pull equal weight, and have effervescence and energy to spare – it’s just some of their less sparkling material that unfortunately lags behind occasionally.

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Mixed Doubles

  • 2 stars

Since forming in 2012, Mixed Doubles have emerged as one of the most exciting comedy collectives on the British circuit. Fresh faced, quick witted, and brimming with light-hearted, good-natured energy, this is their debut at the Festival. In February, the gang scooped The Dave Comedy Festival People's Choice Award in the…