AntiGraham (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


The sketch crew Graham on the right tracks to produce a jaw dropping Fringe set

Not sure what sketch crew Graham did to have a negative applied to this year’s almost-eponymous show title, but the positive outweighs any genuine downsides to this sprightly hour. You may recognise the quartet from their School of Comedy days and with them all in their early 20s, time is clearly on their side for them all to develop further and one day produce a jaw dropping Fringe set.

This year, their routines are built around a main narrative of a young lad called Paddy seemingly abandoned by his mother and left to fend for himself as badgers threaten to take over the world. Does time travel exist and can catastrophe be averted before it’s too late? This main thrust is actually the weakest bit of the show, as they absolutely tear through some excellent bits about awkwardness on the Tube, misreading signs and a dinner party sketch which revealed how sexuality is viewed differently through the ages. To their hearty credit, the Graham lot don’t believe in hanging about and each standalone sketch gets in and out before you know it.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 4.35pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).


  • 3 stars

Graham. After their acclaimed freshman show Graham Rex, Graham return to the Fringe with brand new sketches in AntiGraham. When bloodthirsty badgers stage a coup d'etat, four friends find themselves trapped in an underground bunker, with only their dreams and memories for comfort. This meline revolution is tearing society…