COMEDY LAtE Night giMp fight! pLEASANcE coUrtYArd (VENUE 33) HHHHH
It Is as if the Idiots of Ants have developed scruffier, rude, badly behaved and equally funny big brothers, who have called themselves Late Night Gimp
Fight! (because, as they smartly realise, there are many people for whom just the word “gimp” is comedy enough.)
they have barely a sketch that does not work and there are many moments of comic gimp brilliance. the mini-series of
Tragic Moments is appallingly funny, the Full Monty sketch is joyfully entertaining (one gimp in particular showing dedication to a punchline in a way unparalleled by anyone but Phil nichol and the late, great malcolm hardee) and the gimps’ versions of I Don’t Wanna Miss
A Thing and Don’t Stop Believing are among the most inventive pieces of comedy you will see. even Lee nelson cannot make a hoodie as rubber-perishingly funny as this.
the show is linked by an impressively slick video screen with cut-up rapid-fire graphics (heavily gimp-based) and cleverly edited music videos and tV clips (which become gimp-based). the gimps seem to have managed to get something into this glorious show to offend everyone. they do dreadful things to sleeping Beauty and have the funniest crucifixion scene since Brian’s. there is hilarity with hIV and unexpected incest. there is even a literary reference (note to the idiot girl behind me, Waiting
for Godot is a famous play). the gimps even display great singing voices and impressive acrobatic skills. rubber-masked sketch comedy doesn’t get much better than this. they and their director (steve, according to the blog on their website) have taken last year’s show and, using the same recipe, simply improved the quality of the ingredients. this is so much fun it is absolutely worth staying sober till 11 o’clock for.
Until 29 August. Today 11pm.