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Three To See 2011: Sketch shows

By | Published on Sunday 31 July 2011

The Beta Males

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three sketch shows appearing at Edinburgh Fringe 2011.

The Beta Males: The Train Job (pictured)
I decided to pick Beta Males for inclusion in my comedy picks because of the enthusiasm of at least one former ThreeWeeks reviewer. Looking into it, we’re not the only publication to have heaped praise on this four man sketch troupe, so you don’t even have to just take it from us. And they mention Berwick-upon-Tweed in their Fringe Programme Entry. Well, I like Berwick. It’s a very nice place.
Pleasance Dome, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16), 4.20pm (5.20pm), £8.50 – £11.00, fpp48.

Christmas For Two
This double act consists of former Funny Women finalist Sarah Campbell and Amy Hoggart. Footlights alumnus I’m told that the innocent looking pair (see photo, obv) were asked to write the most shocking comedy they could for BBC3’s ‘Laughter Shock’, only to be told that their material was considered too edgy… and if there’s one thing I like, it’s humour that balances on the brink of a scary precipice. Ahem.
Just The Tonic at The Caves, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 4.55pm (5.55pm), £6.50, fpp58.

This is another sketch comedy show, as you might expect, given that this is the sketch comedy section of my tippage. This one features acts who have already proved themselves in stand-up – Dan Antopolski, Nat Luurtsema and Tom Craine – so one can’t help thinking that chances are, this’ll be a goodie. Though to be fair, when stand-ups take to sketch comedy, it can sometimes go the other way, so this show has a bit of suspense about it too.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug, 5.45pm (6.45pm), £7.00 – £9.50, fpp98.