COM­EDY pAppY’S: ALL BUSI­NESS pLEA­sANCE COUrT­yArD (VENUE 33) HHHHH

The Scotsman - - Fringereviews Hotshow -

THIs has not been a vin­tage Fringe for sketch com­edy, ex­em­pli­fied by this so-so hour from one of the for­mat’s fore­most ex­po­nents. With the spec­tre of the credit crunch loom­ing and bailiffs haul­ing away their set, Pappy’s have con­trived a show from the barest props and the es­sen­tials of their imag­i­na­tions.

They can still star­tle you with their au­dac­ity, tak­ing the con­cept of the busi­ness lunch to a sur­real place. Their stripped down, adapt­able card­board box back­ground al­lows them to switch eas­ily be­tween such set-pieces as a skit of chick­ens lay­ing eggs, to a joy­ously daft Olympic medal cer­e­mony. Other el­e­ments feel ex­ces­sively fa­mil­iar though, such as Tom Parry’s vil­lain threat­en­ing the whole en­ter­prise and his spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to ad-lib, to a wholly self-in­dul­gent de­gree in the show I caught. A vis­ual gag with a pogo stick re­curs to di­min­ish­ing re­turns and there’s an un­for­tu­nate, pos­si­bly archly in­ten­tional, par­al­lel in the trio’s dis­re­gard of mul­ti­tal­ented Bowzer the dog with their erst­while fourth mem­ber, Bren­dan Dodds. For me, this felt as if some mem­bers of the group were rest­ing on their lau­rels.

JAY RIChARDSON

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day, 7:20pm

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