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The Bootlegs

Note: This review is from 2001

Review by Steve Bennett

This is a real mixed bag - some might say hotch-potch - of a show.

The primary problem is that a comedy team has never looked more like a collection of individuals. These four disparate characters appear as if they've been thrown together for convenience rather than any greater shared purpose.

And nowhere is this more obvious when they perform individually, when their completely different styles and ability come to the fore.

Lawry Lewin is the undoubted star of the show with his passionate, over-the-top comic caricatures that sparkle with life. When he appears on the circuit, such creations tend to run out of steam, but within the confines of a tight three-minute routine, they really hit the mark.

Martin Beaumont is your typically likeable, but unexceptional, stand-up who opens proceedings with an amusing, well-performed, but very dated solo routine about drugs. In the ensemble sketches, he appears as a string of convincing, if not hilarious, character roles, which nonetheless provide a decent foil for Lewin's more outrageous performances.

Otherwise, Geoff Downs has a forced, obvious and unfunny solo skit as an American inspiration speaker while pretty boy Kevin Sherwani, whose party piece is a string of impressions well past their sell-by date, exudes an unlikeably narcissistic air.

Between them, they have produced a fast-paced sketch show that does have a fair smattering of moments to enjoy.

But it lacks cohesion, consistency and a shared comic vision, making for an ultimately unsatisfying experience.

Review date: 1 Jan 2001
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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