Max & Ivan: Our Story (3 stars)

Fun multi-character comedy from accomplished sketch duo

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Max & Ivan: Our Story

credit: Dan Burn

This is definitely more of the same from Max & Ivan, but they do 'the same' so well. In Our Story, the sketchy duo take us back in time to the moment they first met as children, when Max was learning to wrestle and Ivan was a boy scout. It's based on real stuff too. The twosome are behind occasional Fringe treat The Wrestling and fans of that show (sadly not on this year) will already know about Max's not-so-secret history as a pro-wrestler and there are a couple of gleeful nods to those skills in this set.

Cue an hour of multi-character comedy with plenty of physical gags, funny voices, a tiny bit of expertly handled audience participation, and a storyline that gently tugs at the heartstrings. It's a formula that's worked well for them for the last five years (particularly so in 2013's Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated The Reunion) so why stop now?

Our Story is a reliably funny hour that's swiftly executed and pacily structured. Scenes and characters transition every couple of minutes, with Max & Ivan making it look all too easy. Watching them would be exhausting if it wasn't so much fun.

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug (not 15), 8.20pm, £9–£12.50 (£8–£11.50).

Max & Ivan: Our Story

  • 3 stars

Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees Max & Ivan introduce the world to two never-before-seen characters; themselves. Directed by Tom Parry.

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