Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
One More Show: For The Kids (posted by Lewis)
Ultimate (posted by Matt)
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Penultimate (posted by Matt)
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Star Spotting (posted by Matt)
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Perrier Nominations (posted by Matt)
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Radio Ga-Ga (posted by Matt)
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Flyers (posted by Will)
Seven Days (posted by Lewis)
Monday, August 22, 2005
Theatre, Choir, Popworld (posted by Matt)
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Alarm Bells (posted by Matt)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Final Push (posted by Matt)
Friday, August 19, 2005
Sell, Sell, Sell (posted by Matt)
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Why Does It Always Rain On My Parade? (posted by Matt)
Four Stars, Three Headaches (posted by Matt)
Three bickering telephone terrorists, two unsettling encounters in doctors' surgeries and one exorbitant restaurant bill add up to one gem of a sketch show, tucked away in the Pleasance Hut, which, for your own reference, is located round the back of beyond.
This tight, imaginatively-scripted hour is deftly delivered by the golden comedy compound of a short guy, a tall bloke and a ginger in the middle - which is probably the standard entry requirement for some burlesque acts.
Matt Chorley, William Kenning and Lewis Georgeson, to give them less reductive identities, make an appealing trio. They seem to intuitively respond to one another's cues - or maybe they are just gifted comic actors with a keen attention for detail and spot-on timing, which never wavers, even at the most hectic spots in their set.
At one point they use a post-work drinks session as an excuse to cram in a bunch of one-liners and floating punchlines which might otherwise still be looking for a home. The humour is located slightly left of centre, but is broadly accessible.
Silly a cappella versions of the Knight Rider, Grange Hill and Simpsons theme tunes might sound like a lazy way to get a laugh, but, y'know, they were just funny.
Similarly, we've seen the likes of rubbish Welsh life coach Darren Mint portrayed before, but we never tire of laughing at the ineptitude of outright idiots. Their radio play, with a harassed author, a method actor and an overzealous props man, is riotous. Their sketch about minorities in the workplace is riotous and clever.
The extracts from Michael Stipe's diary, portraying him as the ultimate pass-the-beanbake wet lettuce hippy liberal waif, could run and run. The audience would not have objected if they had let it.
Big Day Out is the kind of quality sketch show that could flourish on word of mouth alone, but it doesn't hurt to give them a quote for next year's poster. And, after such an impressive debut, there surely will be a next year's poster.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
It would be difficult for anyone not to warm to the ‘Big Day Out’ trio. The beginning sequence, involving flying having foam, a bit of a dance and a man playing jazz on a kettle immediately engages the audience. The sketches are tightly written and all three performers skilfully deliver their characters and ideas with clarity, wit and appropriate eccentricity. There is a radio show with a method actor pirate, a man addicted to dog milk, and a wonderful song about the British institution that is Tim Henman. Special mention to the barbershop versions of Knight Rider and Grange Hill. Not all the material is successful, but the charm of the trio and their incessant playfulness ensures a faithful following.Three Weeks 17/8/05
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Don't Drink And Drive A Sketch Show (posted by Matt)
Monday, August 15, 2005
On the sell out board (posted by Matt)
At The Top Of The Hill (posted by Lewis)
New Kids Off The Blocks (posted by Matt)
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Rain, Rain Go Away (posted by Matt)
Long time no blog (posted by Will)
Friday, August 12, 2005
Ma And Pa (posted by Matt)
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Birthday Boy (posted by Matt)
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Hot Hot Heat (posted by Matt)
Midnight Musical Shenanigans (posted by Matt)
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Lambs To The Slaughter (posted by Matt)
Dark Clouds Looming (posted by Matt)
Monday, August 08, 2005
Half a Swinger (posted by Will)
Home Alone (posted by Lewis)
Metro Review (posted by Matt)
Performing in the Pleasance’s Hut space can be a graveyard for talent in much the same way as the notorious Court Two at Wimbledon.With audiences crammed into cramped seating in a nasty temporary structure, it requires vibrant, assured performances to lighten the fabricated gloom.
Big Day Out passes the test with flying colours; while some of their material is patchy, this trio of comics have created a sketch show that should win them plenty of admirers. By dint of being very tall and studiously officious, William Kenning should immediately be sworn in as this year’s Fringe player who most resembles John Cleese while Lewis Georgeson deadpans well and Matt Chorley bravely suffers through the indignities of low-budget comedy.
Whether wearing a swimming cap to impersonate Michael Stipe, a blonde wig and a dress as a female diner with a passing resemblance to Harpo Marx or simply being hit in the face with an open tub of butter, Chorley mugs likeably without overplaying.
Some of the sketches lack punchlines, and the climactic skit about a pirate radio play is too manic to hit home.But the best routines, such as barbershop renditions of the themes for Knight Rider, Dr Who and Grange Hill come over freshly and with strong comic timing.If they can polish up the sketches, Big Day Out will be offering a trip worth taking.
Eddie Harrison. Metro 8/8/05