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A comical exploration of male friendship in the vein of Seinfeld.
One sofa. Two friends. One girlfriend and only two tickets to
the gig of the century. Insecurity, inadequacy, bigotry and jokes.
But mainly jokes.
Jonathan and Michael, two emotionally stunted twentysomethings, sit on their sofa discussing music, playing video games and trading sarcasm-basted banter. It may well remind you of a sitcom in which two men were behaving rather badly.
And like that TV show, Other People is all about that difficult transition from adolescent pursuits and larking about with your mates to growing up and forging real relationships. Especially when only one of two best pals wants to grow up.
There's not a huge amount of drama and plot to this end, just enough to keep the conversation flowing. Instead, it is simply a lot of deliciously funny smartarse dialogue full of sparky, snidey, petty one-liners.
Matt Green and Darren Richman, a finalist in this year's Chortle Student Comedy Awards, never let an opportunity for a gag to slip by, and while that means their characters talk like stand-ups, rather than real people, it means the laughs fly thick and fast.
Richman's Michael, a substitute-teacher-stroke-street-statue, is given the lions' share of the good lines as he trumps any argument, however petty, by evoking the Nazis; becomes inordinately angry at such random topics as Paris Hilton; devises the world's most irresistible chat-up line and tries to decide major personal dilemmas though the use of quizzes about the life and work of Sir Paul McCartney. No wonder Jonathan seeks solace with a girlfriend, with whom he can communicate through something deeper than jokes and insults that define a male friendship.
The acting's perfunctory, but enough to convince that we're listening to genuine pals, and their comic timing is near-impeccable, making the most of the gems in the script.
Their publicity compares them to Peep Show, which might be a bit ambitious, but Other People nonetheless offers a hearty midday portion of direct laughs that other, more high-profile, shows struggle to find.
Really, really enjoyed this! By the show's conclusion I was left tearful and not wanting to leave Barry's warm-hearted company. It is rare to find a comedy this deceptively simple and engaging, that is actually strongly political and, believe me when I say this, a profound piece of theatre. If Alex Lowe chooses to take this show onwards, and I sincerely hope he does, don't you dare miss it. The hidden gem of the festival.
Funniest show on the fringe, bar none. Had us in stitches. These lads will go far. TV execs take note
There really is nothing like it! The best written show perhaps of all time with stunning performances from both actors. I had to see it twice. If they are not world famous in the next couple of years I will be astounded and offended by the nation's lack of taste and common decency. Out of everything I have been to this stands out like a block of platinum in a cow pat, no particular offence meant to the other innumerable passable shows littering the fringe this year. If you haven't, and have the chance, see 'Other People' while you can. Any fan of comedy will rue the day they saw some other dross instead of this.
I laughed so much my turban nearly fell off.
This show has the best material in Edinburgh. Quotable lines and above par performances. I only wish that the play had been better edited to form a cohesive whole and not just a vehicle for great lines. This could have been an affecting and magic comedy, instead it is a comedy packed full of magic lines. Still a must see.
One of the best I've been to. These two will be in the game for a long time.