- Brian Donaldson
- 5 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Duo's ingenuity and chemistry remain intact, but they fail to better last year’s acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut
There’s nothing quite like that difficult second album syndrome to separate out the men from the boys and the women from the girls. And while Thünderbards’ Seconds (pretty clever, eh?), the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed debut, is far from a disaster, it doesn’t quite match the majesty of their 2013 show.
The chemistry between Glenn Moore (the tall speccy one) and Matt Stevens (the tall non-speccy one) as well as their broad ingenuity are certainly still intact. But there’s one scientific analysis that can be undertaken to determine whether they are as good as last year: count up the number of sketches that are great now compared to then and you’ll find your answer right there.
For Seconds, they have adopted the old time-travelling motif (McNeil and Pamphilon made that work better in this very room a few years back) in order to shoehorn sketches in about estate agents, librarians, Rosa Parks and Seal. Ostensibly they are all family members of the duo (though, the latter two might not be), but there’s no plot-driven necessity for that to be so. But the biggest mystery of all remains unanswered: why put an umlaut over the ‘u’ in your name if you then don’t pronounce it yourself?
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