Sad Faces Threw a Party (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Sad Faces Threw a Party

Not one of the better sketchy narrative fare on offer this August

Some people don’t do themselves many favours when adopting a name for their group or show. Sad Faces could, of course, go either way, but this reviewer was left with a decidedly unhappy visage after an hour in their fairly humdrum company. There’s no shortage of enthusiasm bashing around the threesome of Jack Bernhardt, Tobi Wilson and Tom Crowley, but in terms of quality and originality, this was not one of the better sketchy narrative fare on offer this August.

The set-up is that a birthday party is being thrown for one of the trio, but given that it’s a fairly ill-conceived bash (there’s no food, music or fun being arranged), it will be massively outdone by a gathering going on in the flat below, hosted by the ridiculously posh Jasper. Totally clueless, they turn to a lads mag which is running a feature on how to throw the perfect party (handy, that) and despite the fact they are as unladdish as it gets, they strive to follow the ludicrous advice.

The overall effect is all a bit sub-Pappy’s as they trip along to their less than glorious conclusion with a series of obvious gags and laboured routines: the Tom Selleck, John Travolta and Steve Guttenberg stuff really shouldn’t have made it past the first edit.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 4.30pm, £8–£10.50 (£7–£9.50).

Sad Faces Threw a Party

  • 2 stars

Sketch trio throwing a birthday party where things, unsurprisingly, don't go as planned.