We Are Klang: Klangbang
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
if.comedy award nominee
We're back, you losers. Don't bring your parents. They stink.
We Are Klang are back with another cavalcade of unmitigated crap. And it's absolutely marvellous.
Those seeking barbed political satire or incisive social comment should look away now these three offer non-stop boisterous fun delivered with such gloriously effervescent excess that it's impossible to resist. Nowhere on the Fringe will you hear a room ringing with such volume of uncontrollable, guttural laughter as when the Klang gang are in full flow. And they are always in full flow.
They are, simply, the best idiots in Britain, gleefully demeaning themselves with a parade of cartoon grotesques, flagrantly non-PC but done with such conviction, flair and energy it's impossible to take offence even when they show more flesh than i strictly necessary.
Some old favourites are here: mental mentalist Darren Chill-Blaine and Theatre Du Bastard, whose director-cum-narrator Derek Upon-Tweed orders his players to do his every depraved bidding. But mostly the ideas are as new as they are warped: the Legal Eagle dispensing justice, a coke-crazed Su Pollard, and the world championship insult finals
It's hard to get a feel for the show from a list of characters, but imagine the most outrageous creations you can, and they won't be one tenth as twisted or inspired as the lot Greg Davies, Marek Larwood and Steve Hall have conjured up. Then you add an unstoppable devotion to gags, with barely a second going by without some hilariously inappropriate comment or stupid visual joke. They are so expressive just one look can constitute a joke.
There's more fun to be had when stark, sober reality dawns on all this insanity. Several sketches come crashing to a halt as the ridiculousness of what they are doing dawns on them. Right from the get-go, ringmaster Davies berates his two charges for going too far, their sheepish glances an admission of guilt caught out. You can tell he used to be a teacher, and generally he's the alpha male of the three. Steve is the more intellectual one, plotting to get attention and look cool, while Marek is the weird, hyperactive, attention-deficient showoff. Though, really, they all are.
They stick to the script more rigorously this year but not slavishly and the all-too-short hour is none the worse for that. They also know all the contrivances of the sketch show format and wilfully expose them all with their compulsive need to subvert.
Variety is said to be on the way back. And when it does, Klang will be ready to dominate it with this sort of powerhouse show that seems so wrong, but feels oh-so good.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Lyndon Cunningham - 26/07/2009
Dee - 29/08/2006
Oh god the joy
Roddy Peters - 27/08/2006
Last year, this year: the funniest show for me. Laughed till my diaphragm was in spasm. Delivery is just spot on. Although I'd love them to get a TV slot so I could see them more, I think they work best for having a live audience in a small Portakabin.
J Taylor - 26/08/2006
Extremely offensive, so it should get on television soon.
KLB - 25/08/2006
Saw them twice, in Klang Bang and doing 20 minutes in the Special Reserve. I have never laughed so hard, ever The second time was even funnier. They deserve lots and more.
Sian Bevan - 23/08/2006
Genius. Pure genius
Alex Campbell - 20/08/2006
The best show I saw while in Edinburgh. They are outstanding and in the show i saw there were two 10 year old kids in the front row. This even added to the brilliance of the show, these guys are crazy and very talented. I cried and I havent done that since 2002.
Jody Kamali - 18/08/2006
The best show on the fringe for sure! I laughed from start to finish. If you love silly, stupid, random humour, then this is the show for you! Guys, I'm your number 1 fan
Lyndon Cunningham - 17/08/2006
Hilarious, totally original, very intelligent, bloody fuuny, laugh your ass off comedy. Should come with a health warning, your sides will hurt. Probably the best of the fringe 06
Julian M Duane - 16/08/2006
Bloody great. The only show where an accusation of my having genital warts even before the show started boded well.
Tony Cowards - 11/08/2006
Absolutely fantastic, the best show I have seen on the Fringe. I cannot imagine that anyone could watch this show and not piss themselves laughing. A must see.
Marcus W Shepperdson - 08/08/2006
Give these guys some TV. Wonderful cheeky fun - don't bring your mum.
Ashley Dickson - 18/07/2006
Fantastic!!! A tad non-pc so don't go if you're a sensitive soul- Everyone else you'll laugh till you cr