Babushka: A Sketch Show
A largely unmemorable set of decently delivered sketchy fodder
This article is from 2016.
Promising an approximate ten jokes, the Babushka trio of Matt, Declan and Haydn have nothing especially distinct to mark them out from other Footlights groups of recent times. The best they can come up with is having a sketch reflect back to an element of the previous scene but that ultimately gets a little distracting. Given that the Russian Doll notion of sketches within sketches is right there in the group's title, they might now find themselves somewhat cornered by it.
There are certainly some nice scenes, in particular a sketch about the creation of the modern keyboard, and a surreal skit on a table-football team talk, while the sequence about a misunderstanding of the right time to do some flyering is nicely executed. On the negative side, the anti-bullying routine has potential but fizzles out, and sadly you might struggle to conjure up memories from much else of this hour even a short time after leaving the venue.
All of the best sketch groups (on the Fringe or off the telly) have individual members whose identities shine brightly, but this trio merely merge into a single unmemorable collection of enthusiastic bonhomie.
Just the Tonic at the Mash House, until 28 Aug, 12.20pm, £6 (£5).