ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Comedy Reviews

Men Of War

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Scratch The title is misleading. There’s no war, and it’s actually three men and one woman; not the macho-fest I was dreading. ‘Men Of War’ is a bastion of comedic traditionalism, and the set is one of old-fashioned sketch formats set to modern themes – think the two Ronnies of the making jokes about paedophiles; the group make their contempt for modern “post-comedy” where the audience is “afraid not to laugh” very plain. All are splendid comic performers, able to switch character, accent and demeanour perfectly, and there are moments of biting satire and occasionally sublime absurdity, but mostly the tone is akin to the old Radio 4 style of comedy with brilliant entertainers doing average material. Which is fine, but not great.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 Aug (not 17), 11.00pm (12.00am), £7.50 – £10.00, fpp117.
tw rating 3/5