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Shakespeare’s Monkeys (The Underdogs / Laughing Horse Free Festival)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

Taking the infinite monkey theorem – that a monkey could write Shakespeare if given long enough tapping randomly at a keyboard – as titular inspiration, ‘The Underdogs’ seem to have decided that if they riff off Shakespeare for long enough, they’ll eventually hit funny. Aping Shakespeare is no original concept; however it is a concept that works, and ‘Shakespeare’s Monkeys’ is frequently giggle-worthy, while Kate and Shae, who make up ‘The Underdogs’, make themselves very endearing. However, the best gags of the show are often one-liners that have little to do with the bard, and I suspect are lifted from their previous incarnations as stand-up comics. Overall though, this was a very enjoyable hour, and I don’t reckon the monkeys could have done better.

Laughing Horse at The Three Sisters, 7 – 28 Aug (not 13, 20, 27), 12.15pm (1.15pm), free, fpp149.
tw rating 3/5