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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Founded by comedy film director Dishad Husain - Mixt Nutz is a group of 30 London-based performers, and celebrates being a very multicultural comedy group - there's black, white, Indian, Chinese - hell even gingers and the Welsh!
With its special blend of improvisational comedy, live performances and filmed sketches, no two shows are ever the same.
Mixt Nuts introduce themselves as 'the UK's most diverse comedy collective'. Not 'funniest' you note, or 'most innovative'. Diverse. And it's not even an issue: two of the eight people on stage are brown, and one is a bit older than your average Fringe performer, but in terms of diversity it's hardly the Star Wars cantina.
These eight are actually part of a troupe of 32, with a rotating the cast list throughout the festival, and what they mostly do is fairly mediocre improv, based on the usual games of the genre.
They cope, rather than thrive, with the unpredictability; pretty much spouting nonsense in an attempt to cover the audience suggestions rather than finding actual jokes.
But then they set themselves too tricky a task sometimes: 'Come on,' they implore as they beg for audience input at one point. 'Just how was Bill Gates humiliated by a tennis racket?' Whatever they get back is almost bound to lead them down the root of meaningless surrealism. Only one game, involving a mime passed down by Chinese whispers, provides any real originality.
They are all pleasant enough performers, vibrant and at ease on stage, but rarely does it go anywhere. And it's all wrapped up in plenty of frankly irritating compering: 'When I say Mixt, you say Nuts. Mixt!' Oh do get on with it
Filmed sketches that fill gaps between the games unnecessarily given an introduction when they should just play the video, overcompering again are barely adequate, too. One copies the Indiana Jones gag in which he simply shoots an impressive looking assailant, another is a direct copy of the Meg Ryan orgasm scene that may be intended as spoof, but is just too close to the original. All rather pointless, really.
A huge amount of people came to the shows and had a great time. Don't listen to Steve Bennet - MIXT NUTZ is a great show! There's a wealth of talent both on stage and in the writing. Some of the film sketches are short films in their own right and have been picked up by film festivals. The cast is without doubt the most diverse in the country. We're funny and innovative (what other show puts on impro, live, audio and film sketches?)- we don't need to point that out on the posters. Poor critism by Steve Bennet - now that's all rather pointless really.