Edinburgh Fringe 2000 (59)
Edinburgh Fringe 2001 (316)
Edinburgh Fringe 2002 (354)
Edinburgh Fringe 2003 (376)
Edinburgh Fringe 2004 (422)
Edinburgh Fringe 2005 (415)
Edinburgh Fringe 2006 (547)
Edinburgh Fringe 2007 (668)
Edinburgh Fringe 2008 (733)
Edinburgh Fringe 2009 (773)Edinburgh Fringe 2010 (927)
Edinburgh Fringe 2011 (963)
Edinburgh Fringe 2012 (1022)
Edinburgh Fringe 2013 (740)
Melbourne 2005 (26)
Melbourne 2006 (29)
Melbourne 2007 (31)
Melbourne 2008 (36)
Melbourne 2009 (36)
Melbourne 2010 (56)
Melbourne 2011 (36)
Melbourne 2012 (46)
Melbourne 2013 (57)
Misc live shows (204)
Montreal 2004 (6)
Montreal 2006 (10)
Montreal 2007 (15)
Montreal 2008 (17)
Montreal 2009 (17)
West End run (14)
See Less »
Fascinating Aida 25th Anniversary Tour
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Felicity Ward's Ugly As A Child Variety Show
Fergus Craig Still Watches Neighbours
The Fever'd Imaginings of ... Love The Concept
Fifty Minute Itch
Find Me The Funny
Fitchew & Friends
Five Characters in Search of Susan
The Fix Presents...
The FKN Newz
Foil Arms and Hog - Sketch Comedy Show
Footlights in Wishful Thinking
For One Night Only
Forty Five Minutes to Save The World
Four At The Fringe 
Four Poofs And A Piano: Smoke And Mirrorballs
Four Sad Faces: Pith and Vinegar
Frank Skinner : Edinburgh Book Festival
Frank Skinner's Credit Crunch Cabaret
Free And Easy Weekend
Free and Freakin' Awesome Comedy Showcase
The Free Festival Fringe Stage
Freestyle Comedy 
Fresh Faces at the Free Fringe 
Frisky and Mannish's School of Pop
Front Row 
Fucking Funny For A Fiver
The Fudge Show
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Four Poofs And A Piano: Smoke And Mirrorballs
Four Poofs And A Piano at Chortle Fast Fringe
Clip from their 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival show at the Pleasance Courtyard 18:00
|More Four Poofs And A Piano: Smoke And Mirrorballs videos|
|Four Poofs And A Piano at Chortle Fast Fringe|
This show has not yet got a description.
Four Poofs and a Piano: Smoke & Mirrorballs - Fringe 2009
Even if you didn’t know the Four Poofs from their Jonathan Ross residency; their name, their show title and a poster in which the quartet of aging theatrical queens pose in nothing but unflattering sporrans gives a fair indication of the type of entertainment they are offering. Camp as Catholicism… on ice.
Were it not for my job, it’s the type of show I would normally go to great lengths to avoid. Could they win me over? Erm, not really…
This is where Edinburgh’s conventional five-star rating system breaks down. Based on my enjoyment of the show, it would scrape a two; but on filling the expectations of the target audience, it’s an easy four. So let’s split the difference.
No that expectations of the audience seemed particularly high. Sparkly things seem to hold their attention – and there’s no lack of them on display here: from the glittery lights that adorn the piano to the spangly hotpants the gang wear at one point.
The audience whoop in delight at the promise of ‘for fruity flavours for the price of one’, coo an impressed ‘ooh’ when the boys reveal they have a CD out, and think there’s nothing funnier than a man dressed as a nun. When, as vicars, they sing the picture-postcard line: ‘When she catches sight of my organ…’ they collapse in hilarity.
More predictable material comes with the song about men not being able to find the clitoris, or the banter about inbreeding in Norfolk. As jokes go, this is definitely low-hanging fruit, and there’s another double-entendre in there somewhere, too.
They are likeable as performers, though, despite the too-clearly scripted banter between them. They revel in their unfashionable cheesiness, celebrating the campness of this unpretentious mainstream entertainment.
In fact, for some of he show they abandon the first part of the comedy-cabaret hyphenate altogether and offer up a potted variety show to ride the Britain’s Got Talent popularity wave: in turn disco dancing in gold lame shorts, proving a surprisingly good breakdancer and applying a nimble wrist to a marching band-style drum. This last turn was actually rather sweet, harking back to a simpler time of music-hall turns.
Their Slumdog Millionaire-inspired Bollywood takes on a couple of nightclub floor-fillers raised a smile, too, and their song Do You was elevated above the pack, by ditching cheap innuendo and contrasting the direct message with the innocent melody.
For me, though, it wasn’t enough. But then I’m not their demographic: for a girls’ night out it’s the prefect excuse to clap and sing along to the hits and shriek at the double-meanings in.. well, what? Delight? Offence? Probably both.
|Date of live review: Saturday 8th Aug, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
No comments are currently available for this show.