Zach & Viggo (3 stars)

Zach & Viggo

credit: Stano Murin

Whimsical clowning packed with farcical tomfoolery and bread products

Sexy dancing, flying baguettes and lots and lots of dick jokes. This may sound fairly simple or even run-of-the-mill for a comedy show, but Zach & Viggo are anything but your average double act.

Back in town after a hugely successful run in 2016, the American-Norwegian duo's new show is packed with their familiar nonsensical sketches and wacky improv, with characters ranging from a demanding sketch artist to a hungry bird. Their whimsical and high-spirited brand of clown comedy has already won over audiences around the world but here, they prove that they've mastered the art of anarchic silliness, delivering skits that platform their sleek partnership.

It's the contrast between Zach's showmanship and Viggo's eccentricities in particular that demonstrates their strength in spontaneity. The best moments arise as a result of some unexpected audience banter and prop glitches, which work in their favour by emphasising the farcical nature of the whole affair. It may not make a heap of sense, as any kind of storyline takes a backseat to the pair's puzzling tomfoolery. But that's the point: they're not asking you to understand. Instead, they're hoping you'll join them in their many goofy antics.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug (not 16), 9.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Zach & Viggo

  • 3 stars

Stamptown Winner: Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2016. Winner: Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2017. After a sold-out run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and an 18-month tour of the US, Europe and Australia, award-winning, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach and Viggo return to Edinburgh with a brand-new hour of…

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