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Navelgazing

Note: This review is from 2000

Review by Steve Bennett

This stunningly intelligent and dark­hearted comedy is one of the hidden delights of the fringe.

A bitter-sweet and poignant tale of family tensions, it's a remarkable show that also manages to be incredibly funny.

Much closer to a piece of theatre than your usual character sketch show, their well-crafted work will inevitably be compared to the equally inspired League OfGentlemen.

But this is no second-rate derivative, as the sickeningly talented Navelgazing quartet have a genius of their own.

Able to tug at the emotions as effectively as they tickle the funnybone, the classy team has created as perfect a comic performance as you'll see anywhere.

It's no surprise that the foursome responsible ­ Jack Brough, Jamie Deeks, Dan Johnston and Ewen MacIntosh ­ have landed a sitcom pilot for Channel 4.

Remember their names now, they'll be comedy heroes of the future

Review date: 1 Jan 2000
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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