Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
An antidote to seriousness, the Greedies are back with a brand
new, slick 'n' sexy sketch show.
Sketch shows at the Fringe can often be painful experiences,
often making misguided attempts at Boosh-esque surrealism or
trying desperately to be as offensive as possible in order to
garner column inches.
Greedy doesn't do either of these, nor does it attempt anything
wild, bizarre or format-breaking. As such it finds itself in
something of a minority, providing straightforward well-written
sketches with great punchlines. It isn't afraid to go to darker
places, with sketches on incest and paedophilia - but it does
so because it has an amusing take on them, not to simply shock
It's not a perfect show, and some of the purely physical sketches
do fall flat, and the the sketches aren't woven into some sort
of consistent narrative (with the exception of one recurring
sketch, each is its own self-contained tale), but in many ways
the freedom gained from a lack of theme or framework leaves the
writers free to focus on simply writing good jokes.
Greedy also has a wonderfully joyful silliness about it, and
even though it may touch on darker topics it does so in such
a bizarre way that it never loses its sense of fun. The use of
music, in one sketch towards the end in particular, adds to this
effect and ensures the audience leave with a cheery disposition.
It's not the vanguard of a sketch-show revolution, it won't
challenge your world view nor will it make you question the nature
of existence; but it will make you laugh, and it will put a smile
on your face, and that's the most important thing.