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Gein’s Family Gift Shop Volume 2 (Lee Martin for Gag Reflex)

By | Published on Wednesday 19 August 2015

Gein's Family Gift Shop

“Just a group of idiots from Manchester with a slightly warped sense of humour,” they say at the end. Slightly warped is understating things, but they’re certainly a funny bunch. They gleefully gallop through a series of sketches that merge into each other which, as they note, saves on punchlines. They centre largely on “blood, poo and bumholes” and if that sounds puerile, well, it is. But it’s also sharp, witty and playful, as they muck about nicely with the conventions of sketch comedy. This talented cast establish their own characters as personalities running through the show, and share the limelight through cracking lines, silly mime and comic timing. It’s top quality fooling, but they’re clearly no idiots.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | Bruce Blacklaw