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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2002
Art Of Schmoozing
This low-budget, low-expectations revue-style double act is the most flyweight of comedies.
The likeable double act of Anthony Menchetti and Damian Clark promise to help you through a range of social situations with this Dummies' guide to avoiding embarrassment.
But it's all low-rent observational stuff, with too few original angles or decent ideas to really engage.
One of the early chapters - introduced with cheesy but fun jingle - concerning phone call etiquette shoehorns unfunny lines to fit a bland structure. And when they try to improvise around it, the limit of their abilities is revealed.
Mostly it's similarly undemanding stuff, rising no higher than mildly amusing.
And the only truly impressive part of the show wasn't comedy, but a mindreading trick, the effectiveness of which was diminished by the 'funny' sketch around it.
There's one good dating trip, and a decent enough song based around the 'she was only a farmer's daughter' type of pun-riddled comedy.
But mostly this dull humour will teach you less about the art of schmoozing, and more about the art of snoozing.
I've seen a lot of comedy, in my time, and at this particular Fringe. The guys made my otherwise uneventul afternoon brighter. I left with a lightness in my step and a smile on my face. Amazing show. Nice one guys.
Schmoozing-snoozing?! Really Steve. What next? Were they like Fry and Laurie on heroin? Yes some of it was generic but I thought they really had something and I do believe they will go on to make you eat your words. I think they did pretty well for two young men from Perth. They won a nationwide competition and got themselves all the way to Edinburgh. I for one am impressed. Good on them.