Minky: A Sketch Show
Smartly put-together hour of assured sketch comedy
Setting sail on the unforgiving waters of sketch comedy is not for the faint-hearted, but this hour sees the Minky trio of Cambridge comics Yasmin Freeman, Kyle Turakhia and Henry Wilkinson navigate an assured path. After what proves an uncharacteristically choppy first few minutes, they soon reach a respectable hit rate, covering media satire, slapstick, punnery and plenty more besides, to a decent-sized audience despite the tough pre-midday timeslot.
One particularly well-executed sketch, striking exactly the right formula of painful truth magnified until just ridiculous enough, well and truly captures the hideously awkward indignity of being on work experience. That's a far more amusing prospect than it sounds, and that the character gets funnier with each appearance rather than losing momentum is a very welcome sign indeed.
Nonetheless, not every set-up lands as successfully. One imagining JK Rowling mulling her alter ego Robert Galbraith, for example, makes for a less-than magical part of the show. So too does Batman struggling at length with constant smartphone alerts (that's a less amusing prospect than it sounds). But this is a minor quibble of a smartly put-together show underpinned by strong and justifiably confident performances, hitting an impressive rate of knots.
Just the Tonic at the Caves, until 20 Aug (not 15), 11.20am, £5 or Pay What You Want.