Sheeps: Wembley Previews (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

*4sheeps: Wembley Previews

A heady mixture of the silly and the cerebral at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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).

Sheeps: Wembley Previews

  • 4 stars

The Invisible Dot Ltd Funny trio Sheeps preview their forthcoming Wembley show. 'Just turn up, sit back and laugh' ★★★★★ (Edinburgh Festival Magazine). 'Something quite different and very exciting indeed' ★★★★ (Independent). 'One of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’ ★★★★ (Time Out). 'It is, by some…