Good Kids: On Tap
Neither observational nor character talents are on show in this dismal hour
The hen party at the front certainly thought this was a scream. Perhaps that was owing to the two bottles of wine they brought in five minutes after it started, or maybe they were among those few close enough to catch the mumbling of our two boys on stage. To make matters worse, the duo spent most of the show mainly sitting down on a low stage in front of unraked seating, so even lip-reading wouldn't have helped.
The set-up is that we're in a pub, meeting characters who wander in and out, with accents that move slightly round the M42 to distinguish them. Character comedy not only needs more than just a vague approximation of mannerisms but also tight observational scripts, and On Tap has neither. There was one tiny flash of quality with a routine about provincial terrorism opportunities, but even that was undermined by a weak start.
Some of the biggest early laughs were from their intro, singing The Beautiful South's 'Old Red Eyes is Back' in full, presumably from people unfamiliar with it. This sort of weakness would be excusable if this was their Fringe debut, but it's far from it, and they even ran a good ten minutes short. Thankfully.
Underbelly Med Quad, until 29 Aug (not 16), 9.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).