This Glorious Monster: Wrong 'Uns
Disappointing set of elongated sketches from highly tipped team
To be dubbed the 'next League of Gentlemen' is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it's perfect for publicity purposes and getting the word out there, but in terms of raising expectations, it's an almighty albatross around a sketch team's neck. After this largely unimpressive Fringe debut, the bearded trio of This Glorious Monster (completed by a fourth non-acting member: again, very LoG) might have cause to denounce Hat Trick's Jimmy Mulville for applying that added strain
It's not that Wrongs 'Uns doesn't have its pleasures, but they're somewhat fewer and further between than anyone would like. Rather than offering up a mix of snappy skits and longer stories, they've plumped for routines that overstay their initial welcome. From the opening tale of a fraudulent medium going on about his third eye, to the predatory 'human resources goddess', it's clear that finding a punchline is the hardest thing in This Glorious Monster's world. Avid stand-up fans will enjoy the detailed Bill Hicks references in the 'comedy snobs' section where parents are distraught that their son prefers the company of clowns, but this perfectly fine idea is wrung absolutely bone-dry by the time it's reached an unfunny zenith. There's clearly plenty talent floating around this gang but a trip back to the drawing board is called for.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug, 4.30pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).