The Listies Make You LOL (5 stars)

The Listies Make You LOL

Cross-generational laughs from perfect comic partnership

In an era of empty promises, it's nice to find a show title that actually means what it says. The Listies – Australian comedy duo Matt and Rich – really do make you LOL, and LOL and LOL and then LOL some more, until your stomach muscles are sore.

In theory, their brand of scatological humour shouldn't work, at least not on the grown-ups. But every single wee and poo gag (and there are loads of them) has both adults and children howling with laughter.

Much of this is down to the guys themselves, who are the perfect comic partnership, with loveable but dim Matt a constant nuisance to straight-man Rich. Costume changes, sound effects (farts, obvs), a guide to texting with your face, and fun, non-threatening audience participation (including an opportunity to throw things en masse at the stage, which is always a winner) are all interspersed with hilarious physical comedy.

Apparently the Listies are performing at home in Australia next August, and this may be your only chance to catch them here for a while. So if you're looking for that sweet sound of different generations laughing together, at the same thing, for the same reason, at the same time (a rare thing), these two should be on your list.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 20 Aug, 12.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

The Listies Make You LOL

  • 5 stars

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