Sheeps: Wembley Previews
A heady mixture of the silly and the cerebral at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Watch too much sketch comedy and it can start to feel like a tired format. Until, that is, you watch a group that does something so original and so thoroughly hilarious that your faith is once more restored. Sheeps are that group. If the conceit of this show – they’re not really ‘doing’ Edinburgh, just previewing a Wembley show – sounds, well, conceited, bear with them. At this rate it’ll be a priceless irony in three years’ time.
This is one of those shows that’s so brilliantly put together that, as a reviewer, you hardly dare describe it for fear of spoiling it. Suffice to say that these three know comedy, and, without being the slightest bit elitist or in-jokey about it, they take apart comedy performance and sketch troupe dynamics to cheek-aching effect. Most unusually of all, they do the ‘behind-the-scenes-with-the-sketch-group’ thing without the usual bad acting and naffness.
Like all the best sketch comedians, they make the most of the three very different anatomies at their disposal, and concoct a heady mixture of the silly and the cerebral that has pockets of eccentric laughter breaking out in odd corners of the audience almost constantly. Go see – these guys are practically perspiring ideas.
Bedlam Theatre, 629 0430, until 24 Aug (not 11), 9.15pm, £10.50 (£9).