Lazy Susan: Double Act

Wearing clownish makeup and sporting a wide variety of hats and wigs, sketch duo Lazy Susan promise hijinks of the highest order. Lazy Susan are Celeste Dring and Freya Parker, two capable performers with an excellent handle on characters and funny accents. There’s a satisfying amount of variation between the sketches, although certain characters and situations recur. Stand-outs include Scottish motivational speaker Jackie Sanchez (and her hapless assistant T), and the sweetly surreal adventures of a magician and his rabbit. There’s an edge of dreamlike darkness to it that might not appeal to all, but the great performances save it from obscurity.

It’s notable that Dring and Parker seem to prefer to play men, quite often from the deep south of America. Why this is, we’ll never know, but it’s definitely funnier that way. Lazy Susan give their characters real emotion and liveliness. The jokes may not always land, but it’s easy to get swept into the storylines. If anything else, this show has the best sketch incorporating Street Fighter and the concept of friendship we’ve seen at the Fringe so far. It might not be the funniest sketch show in Edinburgh, but Dring and Parker are still good enough to be worth seeing.

*** (and a half)

Stuart Addison

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