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Joe And Rory: Television 1

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the title, a portion of Joe and Rory’s sketch show actually unfolds on a screen. And while that may be something of a gimmick, it really works. Partly because in a sketch show set up to spoof TV programmes from across the decades, some material is much better delivered in a video format. And partly because the video content is really well made. Between the screen time, Joe and Rory deliver a series of mainly silly sketches that each parody a different type of programme, from kids telly to sitcoms to nonsense make-over shows and product placement heavy social media content from toxic idiots. The video content and the on-stage sketches are integrated really well, although the former is more consistent, with some of the performed sketches not hitting as strongly as others. Although, overall, a definitely decent hour of sketch comedy.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Cooke]