Thünderbards: 4nd (3 stars)

Thünderbards: 4nd

The sketch foundations are solid but those punchlines are all too shaky

For a show that's 90% spot-on, it seems odd to for it to be given the middle-ground damnation of a three-star review. Sadly, a lot of the crucial stuff in sketch play (punchlines and pay-offs) lurked all too-often in an overcrowded 10%. For 4nd, their tricky-to-get-your-tongue-around fourth show, the Thünderbards duo of Glenn Moore and Matt Stevens do plenty right.

There's proper ingenuity in most of the routines and the sense that each sketch is about to go somewhere amazing is almost too hot to handle. But the lukewarm finale to far too many of their bits leave you feeling thoroughly unsated. Clever and silly (and sometimes cleverly silly) ideas abound including the weather forecast-style announcements for various forms of measurement, an echo that gives away Glenn's dark secret, the all-male Grease, a Sinn Fein Shakespeare, and the stock-photo model who Matt can't quite forge a relationship with.

There's the inevitable but still enjoyable meta-narrative underlying all this with both of them having their dreams interrupted by a voice analysing both their work and working relationship. Whether they will listen to any advice proffered while they sleep is unclear, but it's surely time for them to wake up to the serious polishing required on those pay-off lines.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug, 3.15pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Thünderbards: 4nd

  • 3 stars

Avalon Promotions Ltd Critically acclaimed sketch duo Thünderbards return to Edinburgh with their 4nd hour of gag laden comedy, filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast paced sketches and overwhelming politeness. With a potent combination of heartfelt absurdity, high concept silliness and sweat drenched toil…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Aug

Dining Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

Dining Room

£12 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 26 Aug

Dining Room

£12 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 27 Aug

Dining Room

£12 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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