We Are Klang
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2004
Whenever you see two emerging circuit stand-ups join up for an Edinburgh show, alarm bells start ringing: is it just that neither is good enough on their own to sustain an hour?
But Greg Davies and Marek Larwood are two of the more promising comics at their level, and together they have created an imaginative and quirky sketch show, rather than simply wheeling out their stand-up sets.
Mention also must be made of Steve Hall, relegated to a supporting role in the publicity, but very much an integral part of the fun.
The show cherry-picks its influences from The League Against Tedium, Corky And The Juice Pigs and, inevitably, Monty Python. But while there are few better inspirations, it's the way these disparate styles have been blended that makes We Are Klang so entertaining.
Paving the way is a splendid opening sketch featuring Davies as the confident, showman mentalist Darren Chilblain and Larwood as his awkward, naïve stooge, establishing a double-act relationship that recurs throughout the hour and demonstrating their contrasting fortes.
Davies tends to use his imposing presence to represent authority figures, while Larwood's the idiot savant or sometimes just plain idiot who can turn on the manic energy or doe-eyed pathos depending on the mood.
Their highpoints come in song. The stompalong exploration of the Jewish faith makes up in stupid, manic energy what it might lack in theological accuracy, while the wonderfully derisive showstopper turns the whole audience against council estate dwellers so effectively you wonder if a fascist movement is about to start. There's so much spunky spirit in their performances you feel compelled to join in.
The tone is usually on the silly, or the punny. And when sketches move too far from this they tend to fail. An extended Arthur Miller parody, especially, is too sluggish to work on any level. But for every dud, there's two treats, such as the competitive beggars or the racist, homophobic pensioners.
Davies, Larwood and Hall are all assured of success on the stand-up scene, but with this assured sketch show debut, they've added another more-than promising string to their bows, too.
Dave Marriott - 28/08/2007
Simply fantastic. Saw We Are Klang in Edinburgh, at the festival - I didn't stop laughing for the entire show. Wonderful stuff.
Warren - 11/07/2007
Original - and for a reason. It's very easy to understand why no one has done this before, it's terrible.
Fred - 19/12/2006
Had their moments. Overall, mediocre.
Ally - 18/10/2004
Hilarious and very polished. Best thing I've seen in absolutely ages.
Ollie More - 23/09/2004
This is one of the most exciting and innovative comedy shows (stand up or setch) that I have seen in years. The writing is excellent but the guys are brilliant actors with stealth comic delivery. We are Klang I think will become a comedy institution. Hilarious
Vince Goldband - 23/09/2004
They are Klang-tastic.
Marie - 08/09/2004
Quite honestly, the worst thing I have ever seen. Ever
Gareth - 02/09/2004
Saw them do a preview in Bristol and they had me in stitches. The songs are truly fantastic and while not all the sketches are gold, the best ones are superb.
Robert - 28/08/2004
Pacey and fun all the way through, maybe it'll encourage them to do more sketch comedy outside of stand-up.
Lloyd Stephens - 25/08/2004
The best thing on the Fringe.
Simon - 24/08/2004
Easily the funniest show I saw in a week in Edinburgh. Excellently paced, and I include the Arthur Miller sketch in that, and joyfully performed. I hope that these guys will get the chance to do sketch comedy together again, even if it is on a school night.
Reno - 23/08/2004
Superb performances from all three and top drawer writing.One of the finest live sketch shows I've ever seen.
Luke Bishop - 23/08/2004
In my opinion, quite easily, the funniest show at the fringe this year. I was crying with laughter for the whole hour, and the council estate song is pure genius.
Grace - 13/08/2004
I was in fits of laughter throughout and I came out beaming. Everything was superbly done - the songs, acting and jokes. Not a poor sketch in the whole show
Jess Mullen - 13/08/2004
A definite must see! My sides are still recovering from the amount I laughed.
Paddy Williams - 12/08/2004
Tremendous. Best show I've seen so far at the Fringe. Silly, clever, sharp and consistently very very funny. Top performances - faultless writing.
Jenny - 12/08/2004
Brilliant, go and see it.