Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad
A quickfire hour of multi-layered sketch fun
This article is from 2015.
There's always room for old formats done very well, and Massive Dad provide just that: tight, energetic sketches where not a moment is wasted. At one point, tongues firmly in cheeks, they discuss the po-faced dramatic and pyrotechnical ambitions embodied in the show's title. But for all that joking, they really have stepped up to the challenge of following up a successful debut.
Massive Dad version 2.0 features relatively few longish sketches, but the ideas are good enough to go the distance in those bigger scenes, momentum being maintained with each twist, turn and re-invention. The material is many-layered but fun: three posh twits who've formed a production company funded by the bank of mum and dad pitch a 70s cop show with a feminist twist; three women in a job interview become increasingly distracted from the matter at hand, a fact revealed by their interior monologues.
With knowing cracks at everything from twee Scandinavian folk bands to the NSA, this hour feels of-the-moment without being heavy-handedly so, and the whole spectrum from slapstick to wordiness is well utilised. Attention to detail may not be the most glamorous comedic quality, but it really makes a difference. Combined with Massive Dad’s boundless, relaxed energy, it helps make this hour fly by.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 18), 6.50pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50).