Driscoll and Message
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2001
An alcoholic, transsexual chat-show host and her narcotic sidekick, wily Kylie, introduce you to the insane world of Driscoll and Message. Character comedy from the Birmingham Two.
It's apt that the posters for this insipid show depict possibly Britain's only male-female double act going down on each other - for this painful laugh-free rubbish sure does suck.
Driscoll and Message provide an uncomfortably bizarre mix of vile misogynistic sketches - which are presumably meant to be dark, but are actually just downright nasty - with the sort of pathetic revue-style characters that no doubt prove a real hoot at the Human Resources Christmas party, but are frankly unwelcome elsewhere.
As a rule of thumb, any show that features a man wearing a feather boa as part of a desperate bid for laughs needs to be given a very wide berth, and this sad attempt is no exception.
This is Steve Message, who plays a transsexual chat show host alongside Julie Driscoll's heroin-addicted former 80s pop sensation Kylie.
They introduce a number of dismal, if well-performed, characters - the Ku Klux Klansman, the savage ex-con and the predictable girl/boy band spoof - in a series of unfunny sketches that all too often have the brutal bullying of the woman at their heart.
Driscoll and Message seem at once over-keen to please and over-keen to offend - it's an unsettling and unpleasant combination that is really best avoided..