Minor Delays (3 stars)

This article is from 2014


Well-constructed Fringe show from young act specializing in stripped-back sketch comedy

A recent past of endless student revues is evident with the on-stage ease and well-honed timing of former Cambridge Footlighters Harry Michell (last seen in 2013’s breakneck costume-change belter Dressing Down) and Abi Tedder plus their Leeds Tealights counterpart Joe Barnes.

Their confidence in stripping sketch comedy back to basics – no props, no costumes, not even any looking at each other as they sit or stand, facing forward, in a row at the centre of the stage – is well-placed, as they have the verbose wit, acting skills and professionalism to carry it off. The only adornment is the presence on stage of a cellist and violinist, whose interludes perk up the briefest of blackouts between each skit; it’s a nice touch, giving Minor Delays a real polished feel.

A very British middle-class brand of social awkwardness features heavily, along with a darker edge in the shape of several sketches about death. As a very new trio, they perform incredibly well together, and this results in a well-constructed show with no dud sketches, albeit there’s nothing absolutely uproarious either. A fine example of its genre and certainly a masterclass in the unexpected twist, but probably not in the very top flight of Fringe sketch comedy.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug (not 11), 3pm, £8-£10 (£6-£8).

Minor Delays

  • 3 stars

A slick hour of sulky sketches from brand new comedic dream-team, including presidents of last year's Cambridge Footlights and Leeds Tealights. Previous praise includes: 'If you're choosing one show to represent the breakneck-paced sketch genre, make it this one!' ★★★★ (List). 'A real highlight of this Fringe's comedy…