It is easy to spot some of the influences on This Glorious Monster from The League of Gentlemen to The Fast Show and they actively wear it on their sleeves with quotes on their advertisements calling them “The next League of Gentlemen” but it would be unfair to limit them as just that. Making their Edinburgh debut with Wrong ‘Uns This Glorious Monster brings their award winning comedy to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They already have a following on YouTube and have garnered multiple awards.
The show is held in ‘Pleasance That’, a small room not much bigger than a shipping container, which I think works for them, only slight criticism would be that some of the audio sections were perhaps a bit loud for the giving capacity. They make excellent use of the space and with the repositioning of 3 stools to quickly transform the scene from a family living room to the front of a driving instructors car or to a hospital ward. Making use of very few props, often nothing more than a wig they manage to create very distinct series of characters. One sketch separated from the next with a dip in the house lights and audio comedy, they have some characters that appear once and never again and others that return multiple times in a continuation of the story from their previous scenes. This offers them the opportunity to expand upon a joke and to get multiple laughs from it without resorting to catchphrase comedy.
Having familiarised myself with some of their YouTube sketches there were characters I already recognised and the situations they find themselves in are mostly similar to that of the sketches. It was not, however, a bad thing and I think that the smaller more chaotic setting of a small venue in the middle of rainy Edinburgh, is actually a benefit to some of the sketches and I actually prefer the live versions. The three have the chance, in this setting, to gauge the mood of their audience and to adapt as they go. The audience participation felt natural and never felt like bullying or insulting for the audience.
The show as a whole felt very well put together, rehearsed and extremely well written. They manage to juggle the multiple, very distinct characters and situations well and transition between each sketch with ease. They all seem very happy to be performing with each other and this can often come through the physicality of some of the sketches and comes across with three people very comfortable around their partners in crime.
Tickets are for sale for between £9 and £11 and it would be well worth your time and money to spend an afternoon in the presence of these three gentlemen.
★★★★ (and a half)