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A cavalcade of brilliant charactersThe Argus

The genius of the talented writers/performers we know as Richard Dyball and Alastair Kerr lies in deflating highbrow to middlebrow without insulting the audience's intelligence and since they're gifted comic actors, there's none of that off-putting cliqueness that surrounds stand-up comedy. To set the mood, they bound on with a corporate presentation of breakdowns of the comedy they provide per penny spent, before launching into a brilliantly themed take on Edinburgh and the Fringe. Even the book festival gets a rare burst of exposure when an ousted sports pundit gives a reading of his disturbingly effete memoirs. And topping the audience faves are the fastidious art critic delivering a fatuous Guardian lecture and a near wordless salsa number between two socially challenged males. The characters are so real they're almost scary. There's the half-talented but enthusiastic West country comic duo doing a pub comedy benefit for a mate down on his luck - Dyball and Kerr play the gig for real and so get double the laughs. Add to this a Kirov Ballet pas de deux for football hooligans and you've got as perfect a night out as your pennies will buy. Crouching Ferret, Hidden Beaver Komedia Southside. Nick Awde

The slick duo of Dyball and Kerr prove themselves solid proponents of the tricky sketch comedy genre with this breezy and funny collection. They open with an inventive schtick about how the show will unfold, a witty and oblique take on the presentation culture that prevails in any company where an uninspiring middle manager has found their computer's pie chart function.

This talented pair repeatedly hit the spot with similarly well-observed pieces, creating an array of distinctive and amusing characters and neatly avoiding the obvious gags. It's quite old-fashioned in many respects, and the likeable performers happily admit they won't be doing any 'trendy surrealist bollocks', yet their well-executed routines always get to the heart of modern trends.

The show is vibrant, funny and well-performed - a surprisingly rare combination.

Steve Bennett. Chortle


This extremely talented comedy duo, Richard Dyball and Alistair Kerr, will not leave anyone cold. They bounce off each other like two bunnies on heat, going from character to character, accent to accent and story to story, with slickness that will keep you at the edge of your seat waiting for more. And that's what I'm going to do. If you only make one comedy show this year make sure it's this one!

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