Jigsaw - Jiggle It
A tight little sketchy bundle
This article is from 2013.
From their entrance – charging onto the stage pursued by an unseen threat – to their exit 50 minutes later, Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema barely pause to catch breath while delivering a rapid-fire series of sketches that consistently hit the target marked ‘funny bone’.
The explanation for their dramatic entrance is revealed at the end (featuring an equally spectacular departure), and this framing device is developed during the hour, giving the show a solid structure on which to hang their sketches, some of which are wholly unrelated to this hidden terror. There are also several jokes that are repeatedly referred to, in particular a school bullying incident that involves a bit of amusing, though not embarrassing, audience participation; these also serve to pull the show together into a nice, tight little bundle.
The sketches themselves range from the mundane to the really quite strange: there’s a splendidly weird one in which Nat pretends to be Dan’s four baby daughters simultaneously. Whatever the nature of the sketches, they’re well-conceived and benefit from strong writing and perfectly pitched delivery.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 4.45pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10).