Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Terrific adlibbing skills means there's not a flop in sight

When the audience are coerced into being part of a show, it's always a hairy situation. So, what if the crowd aren't sure what's going on and are given no instruction? Perhaps having particularly gung-ho participants helps, but Zach & Viggo's improv skills are one step ahead of everyone else, so that they could coax comedy from the most unwilling volunteer.

It's a sketch show, but dipped in off-the-cuff adlibbing and sprinkled with silliness. The skits flow in and out of each other and there's very little time to take in what has just happened, before the next dose of daftness begins. As well as leaking funny from every orifice, Zach & Viggo can manipulate their bodies in ways that complement their ideas to the letter.

There are a couple of sketches that will leave you baffled in the best kind of way, and one that's actually pretty moving, while a repeated call-back that you should see coming (but you won't) knocks it out of the park. Zach & Viggo have minds that don't work the way your one does. Snap them up while you still can: you'll want to be part of the group who knew them when.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug, 5.20pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

  • 4 stars

Clowning, theatre and improv from Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn.