The Legendary Polowski Murders
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2002
Gareth Tunley and Phil Brown return to the fringe as Inspector Savage and Sergeant Mild: the Metropolitan Police's finest.
This police spoof charts the antics of two bumbling police officers -Inspector Savage and Sergeant Mild - trying to catch a murderer.
The stereotypical dimwits embark on a series of mildly amusing pastiches, the best being a visually comical, caffeine-induced hallucinogenic trip, in which the pair dance around in swivel chairs and declare: 'Don't give the homeless drugs, they'll only sell it for money and spend it on food.'
The pair, who treat the crowd in character as a collection of wet-behind-the-ears rookies, the introduced an array of bog-standard characters, such as a ginger-haired, boxing-gloved, sweary Irish buffoon, an Elvis-esque, backwater Dixieland sheriff, and a camp luvvie clad in huge sunglasses.
Although well-acted, the lack of imagination leaves the audience somewhat sceptical about how big and how clever it all actually was.
The proceedings never really take off and Tunley and Brown plough their way through mediocre material, concluding by producing a bomb from under the seats and having it explode in the corridor which, although done with an element of gusto, proved to be as much as a damp squib as the rest of the show.