Ross and Josh are best known for UK Garage Horse Racing, which was broadcast on E4, first debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017. They are back again this year with yet more madness with the same spoof chat show The Not So Late Show.
To say that this show feels like it has been influenced by the likes of Reeves and Mortimer is probably a bit of an understatement, this however isn’t the whole story. They have definitely been influenced by them and the same surreal comedy style that permeated much of their work is very much on display here, but they are obviously also influenced by other famous comedy duos like Morcambe and Wise. This is less about the content of their shows and more about the camaraderie and interactions between Ross and Josh.
The Not so Late Show seeks to parody the chat shows, especially those of the late 80’s early 90’s and manages that superbly, it feels very much like it could have been placed within many of them aside from the strange elements that continually happen. With segments like What’s Thora Hird?, the title makes more sense when spoken in a Leeds accent, and guests like Dave the Dancing Butcher and Ferrero Rocher man. The most bizarre elements of the show are where it is strongest the funniest guest is their most surreal with Wriggley Scott, a nightmarish reimagining of Ridley Scott with huge extended arms. Unfortunately they feel almost hesitant to really embrace this surrealism and I think it is to the shows detriment, some of the guests and characters are just a little strange and I think it would have worked better to make them even more off the wall.
It’s an enjoyable hour of comedy if a little restrained feeling, they are part of the free fringe so the risk to going is minimal and I do believe worth your time and you may enjoy the less bizarre elements more than I did.