Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
Simon B Cotter
Snorri Hergill Kristjansson
Special guest who cannot be named
Stephen K Amos
Steve N Allen
Life Of Si: Si Harder
Like some kind of meta-sketch comedy, in which almost nothing original can be identified Ė including the familiar interaction between the two grinning buffoons at its heart Ė Life of Si is a curious draw thatís sporadically amusing enough to entertain.
Alternating between live recreation of life in their flat and staged, video footage of their flat life, real-life flatmates Simon Feilder and Sy Thomas suck you into a blokey existence from which thereís no escape. Slightly too old to be playing these avatars of credible T4 presenters, a fact they grudgingly acknowledge, they nevertheless possess the requisite haircuts and indie T-shirts, their matey banter just that bit too scripted to feel natural.
The incestuous nature of the show is intensified with a speedy recap of their 2009 debut, an admittedly effective homage to the 24 title sequences in which the pair prostrate themselves in dramatic poses before a projector while a stopclock ticks away. If thereís a through-line from that hour to the denouement of this yearís larking, itís that theyíve misplaced their novelty teapot Alan. There truly isnít any more to it than that.
There are some reasonable ideas here: the pairís status as stand-up journeymen sent up with a series of damningly indifferent quotes from more established comics. Feilder lying prostrate beneath Thomas as the latter chomps into a hefty sandwich, picking up morsels as titbits rain down on him is a surreal sequence worthy of Harry Hill. And witnessing Thomasís face fall after a series of heckles from Feilder that finally land too close to the bone is a delight.
Elsewhere, though, they lean too heavily on the innate humour of two overgrown adolescents sharing a confined space for seemingly all eternity. Thereís a fine line between eliciting comedy from boredom and simply being boring, and Life of Si are only just pitching the right side of that for now.
|Date of live review: Sunday 29th Aug, '10|
Review by Jay Richardson
Saturday 5th Mar, '05-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2005 -
Harsh review . Sy is a lot better than that. His performance skills are better than a lot of acts on the circuit, he is inventive, cheeky and very watchable. Just becasue he studied drama does not mean he has not learned how to work an audience and perform comedy from doing the circuit. There's so many dire acts around at the moment, he is certainly not one of them. Hamish 24.03.05
Brilliant act! His surreal humour and cheeky manner leave me laffing every time. Top stuff T 24.03.05
Sharp, likeable and consistently entertaining Reno 23.03.05
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Life Of Si: Si Harder
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Sy Thomas: Sy+