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The Great Big Sketch Off!

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

Sketch comedy shows are notorious for their erratic, inconsistent humour, even following prolonged writing and rehearsal sessions. It was unsurprising, therefore, that joke quality varied massively during this ramshackle late-night competition, in which members of different troupes were thrown together and given a short amount of time to develop twelve minutes of brand new material. Some groups tackled the challenge more conscientiously than others, with one team dropping out on the morning of the performance after confessing to a shameful lack of preparation, but the overall atmosphere was drunken, disorderly and disappointing. I would recommend saving your money and waiting for the final on Friday 26 August – hopefully the wheat will have been separated from the chaff by then.

Pleasance Courtyard, 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 11.45pm (12.45am), £6.00, fpp84.
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