'Documentary Now is satirical comedy at its best' | Sketch trio Crybabies share their comedy favourites

'Documentary Now is satirical comedy at its best'

Sketch trio Crybabies share their comedy favourites

Edinburgh Fringe sketch trio Crybabies – Michael Clarke, James Gault, and Ed Jones – share their Perfect Playlist, with each member contributing a couple of comedy favourites..

Documentary Now! Co-Op

Ed: D.A. Pennebaker film documenting the original Broadway recording of Rent is, in my opinion, funny enough to occupy all six slots on this list. But Documentary Now's pastiche Co-Op is satirical comedy at its best.

Seth Meyers and John Mulaney created flawless parodies of Sondheim classics and Richard Kind’s inch perfect botching of 'Christmas Tips' is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Cat Cohen: The Twist...? She's Gorgeous

Ed: Sticking with the musical theme - and why the hell wouldn’t you? - this show will always conjure up memories of Crycorp's first Fringe in 2019.

Watching Cat in the Pleasance Courtyard turned me into a squealing little schoolboy and was the highlight of a very special month (CRINGE!). Everything she does is just so damn cool. I’d like to think that’s why I introduced myself as Med when we met her (DOUBLE CRINGE!)

On Cinema At The Cinema

Michael: Over the last 10 years Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington have built their own chaotic universe under the guise of a bland film review webseries.

What began as a parody of podcast saturation has slowly evolved into a sprawling horrific soap opera, complete with dreadful rock bands, vape dependency, facial reconstructive surgery, and a four hour manslaughter trial.

There genuinely is nothing else quite like it.


Michael: I’ve always loved the bleak absurdism of Limmy’s stuff. His comedy always feels like something he genuinely finds funny and is never contrived or pretentious.

Now on Twitch, he’s managed to remove any barriers between himself and his audience. I’ll often just have his stream on in the background, listening to him tell an improv story about a man murdering his next door neighbour while I clean the flat.


James: I love Jackass. Watching Jackass 4 is the most I’ve laughed watching a film in a cinema since I watched Jackass 3D.

It's only gotten funnier as they’ve gotten older and I still piss myself laughing when thinking about the recent Silence Of The Lambs sketch.

Orange Cassidy

James: ‘Freshly squeezed’ Orange Cassidy is a wrestler whose gimmick/personality is that he doesn’t care.

Wrestling a lot of the time is full of big, scary, intense tough guys, Cassidy is the complete opposite. ‘The King of Sloth Style’ is the human form of a hangover, keeping his sunglasses on during the match with his hands firmly in his pockets.

Cassidy’s too-cool-for effort vibe makes him a massive crowd favourite, just listen to how they go wild during his offence of lightly tapping his opponent’s shins. He's the best.

Crybabies: Bagbeard is on at Pleasance Dome at 5:50pm from August 3 to 28

Published: 16 Aug 2022

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