Guilt and Shame: Going Straight (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Guilt and Shame: Going Straight

A pacy and gleefully silly character show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A mildly cheesy story about friendship and learning to love yourself is at the heart of this pacy and gleefully silly character show. But it’s more than that: Gabe and Rob have a point to make about sexuality, machismo and intolerance, although they’re not going to ram it down our throats, as it were. Simulated fellatio (of which there is much) can often be a sign of more cheap laughs and faux-shock tedium to come, but here it’s not relied upon to carry the show – rather, these guys are working damn hard to make every aspect of this performance funny, from the well-timed sound effects to the OTT physical stuff, to the wordplay and celebrity piss-takes, to the audience interaction.

Unlike the one that features in their narrative (which takes the teachings of a certain blue-jeaned, beige-jacketed petrolhead controversy-courter as its central tenets) the church of Guilt and Shame’s lampoonery is a broad one – neither gay cliché nor macho cliché is safe from their ridicule. There’s a lot of high camp on the Fringe, and a lot of comedies about ‘issues’ too. Both are hard to pitch just right, so this show is refreshing in its ability to make you think while keeping the funnies rolling.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug (not 13), 9.30pm, £10 (£9).

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight

  • 3 stars

Guilt & Shame present another wild, narrative-based sketch comedy show.