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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Not The Adventures Of Moleman
Not The Adventures of Moleman is a two man sketch show that involves a variety of jokes to suit each comedy taste. From audio clips to silent scenes, from audience participation to sardonic monologues, there's even music and a semi-decent magic trick, you're bound to find something you enjoy. It blends the old with the new, combining the variety style of the 70's with the more subversive and dark tones of 00's comedy. Sometimes silly other times satirical but always funny.
Not The Adventures Of Moleman: Fringe 2012
At least two people were enjoying themselves with this ill-judged effort. Sadly neither of them were in the audience.
Arron and Dicky try so hard. They clamour over furniture, get naked, indulge in energetic dance numbers, and yell to inject some life into their easily distracted 1am, unpaying puntersÖ yet all the effort is for nought. The show is still dull.
Itís fatally hampered by their habit of breaking every sketch by commenting on its flaws, belying the fact that behind those big performances, they are not that confident in their material. They also have a singular lack of timing, with most sketches going on †way too long, and a couple of almost interminable scene-changes where some audio drivel is pumped into our ears while we twiddle our thumbs or check our texts.
They are also quite repetitive, using callbacks so badly it just seems like flogging a dead horse. And while they almost get a gag out of this with their hypnotically simple kidsí song; but they donít quite know what to do with it. So the irritation thatís supposed to be the joke, just stays at actual irritation.
Itís even more frustrating that they so often start their skits on what looks roughly like the right track, but self-sabotage long before any conclusion. Proper sketches with endings are hard to write, so itís so much easier to abandon them half-cocked with some knowing commentary about the quality of their acting. But self-deprecation only works if the audience think youíre actually good Ė if they agree with you, itís just reinforcement.
They have some charm, but itís quickly used up. And very telling was their habit of calling what they were doing Ďtheatreí with no apparent tongue in cheek. Step one to turn this around is to start thinking like comedians not actors. Step two, write some frigging jokes.
|Date of live review: Monday 13th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
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