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Club Seals: The Museum of Everything
The stars of BBC2's We Are History invite you to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the ultimate guided tour - obsessive collectors, historical re-enactors, souvenir bookmarks and fudge
There are some gleefully hilarious moments in Club Seals' latest offering., from a wizard on a skateboard to a bag of cake sick.
Such moments of inspired stupidity stick in the memory long after this museum-based spoof is over - but there's just not quite enough of them to fill the hour.
It's not laugh-a-minute stuff - which, as any stand-up will tell you, is a pretty weak strike rate anyway - but when something comes along, it certainly tickles the funny bone.
Idiotic props, exaggerated spoofs and deranged characters are the stock-in-trade of this talented threesome.
The grotesquely evil National Trust mansion-owner; the parody of the animatronic dumbed-down 'experiences' and tacky educational movies; and the officiously humourless museum guides are all highlights.
And fans of Newman and Baddiel's childish, insult-swapping History Today academics will love the hilarious audio tour guide, which mines a very similar vein of humour.
But a fair few of the extended routines don't work - as it seems the troupe excel at quite a narrow range. Attempts at anything more subtle, or even more grossly exaggerated than usual (such as the prop-based undersea world segment towards the end) - fail to hit the bull's eye.
Kudos must also go to the team for extending the audio-visual trickery that every Fringe show seems to boast to include a nasal experience, too. Not to mention their fine use of a Stretch Armstrong doll.
It's a little too uneven to be truly satisfying, but when the Club Seals make an exhibition of themselves, there are plenty of laughs.
Brilliant. Deserves five out of five.
Some of the funniest sketch comedy this side of Moldova.
After seven years of attending the Fringe I have never seen anything funnier. Totally off the wall, but completely on the ball. My jaw was genuinely in pain from laughter.