This is a comedy sketch show, performed by double act Matt Stevens and Glenn Moore. The duo are asked in front of us what exactly their sketch show is about. Perhaps, it is about nothing. Or perhaps, as the voice of reason puts it, it is a sketch show about complete and total failures. Every character Matt and Glenn play are complete and total failures. Perhaps it is actually the boys themselves who are just complete and utter failures, failing at everything they do. Luckily for this pair of comedy sketch makers, the show itself is far from failure; it is, dare I say, a success.
Each sketch is short and snappy; sketches don’t generally do that awful thing of lingering on once the joke has gone stale. In fact, quite the opposite, as there is a consistent unpredictability with the jokes that strings throughout the act. Jokes are often cut off before the punch line, making each gag, twist, innuendo, pun and misdirection a genuine total surprise. It’s like they’ve reinvented the clichés of comedy sketches. In one sketch, they announce that they are going to read out a list of every one of the show’s creatives who has passed away in the last year. We wait for a long list of comically-twisted names and deaths full of puns; instead, there are no deaths, the joke stops there. The build up to the joke makes the punchline predictable, but they manage to keep the build up before changing the outcome, making a show which is original, intelligent and spins audience expectations on their heads.
A man gets a job in Starbucks for getting the interviewers name wrong. A magician asks someone in the audience to ‘pick a card, any card’ before slipping in ‘Piccadilly, any dilly’. Wordplay is simple, it’s silly, but it’s silly in a very clever way. Then there are sketches which are more contextual: a new tinder-style dating app for those in a witness protection programme, with each of the profiles having blurred out names, faces and biogs. Then there’s Francesca, Matt’s girlfriend who Glenn recently slept with. She’s a model for shutterstock photos and there doesn’t seem to be a single photo of her where she’s actually able to sit properly on the chair. There’s prop comedy, as one puts his hands in his wallet to offer the other a nice crisp coin. Or at least, that’s what we’re expecting. But he stops before coin and just offers him a nice crisp.
Stevens and Moore are natural comedians, laughing at themselves and each other, and letting us do so too, as we ride along with them for sixty minutes of laugh out loud comedy.