BEASTS: Live DVD (4 stars)

This article is from 2015


Credit: Ben Carpenter

Sketch silliness with more bread products than your average show

Gay pirates, disgruntled ducks and too many baguettes to count. BEASTS are on a mission to make a DVD of their live show in a bid to impress moviemakers across the pond. Their aim is to impress a hot-shot movie producer and make it big in America, but (naturally) things don’t quite go to plan.

There’s a bit of confusion between Moby Dick and Free Willy, a devastatingly funny battle scene between gay pirates and a pitch for a new show (Naked Chef) that doesn’t quite make it off the ground but certainly lets the audience see more than they bargained for.

The high point was an interlude to promote the joys of bread, with some uncannily insightful observations on the trusty carbohydrate really hitting the mark. ‘Throw an onion at a duck and you'd get crucified!’ Think about it: they’re right. Fast, funny and energetic, BEASTS are never short of laughs and after an hour of gags, sketches and utter silliness, it's a wonder the audience could stand at the end. Absolutely worth an hour of your life, even if you do come out aching with laughter and covered in breadcrumbs.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 18), 4.45pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).


  • 4 stars

DAA Management Big time sketch heroes BEASTS are returning to Edinburgh to film a live DVD of their best ever show. Audience needed, also camera. Total sell-out 2013 and 2014. Book now to avoid lifelong regret. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Directed by Tom Parry (Pappy's). 'Unforgettably nutty' ★★★★ (Times). 'Delightfully…