Starring writer/performers: Mel Hudson ‘Hilarious’ (Guardian), Kate O'Sullivan ‘A young Carol Channing’ (Telegraph), Alex Baldacci ‘Idiotic and very funny’ (Hull Daily Mail). Expect quickfire sketches, bampot stand-up and photocopying. www.sketchdepartment.com
Venue Number 278. Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street,Edinburgh, EH2 2EP. 14-20 August 20:35 (1 hour). Suitability: 18+.
Is Paul upset because Dallas is no longer on the air! *groan* You lot were fabulously funny at the Hen & Chickens. I've just stumbled across this review on the net whilst trying to find your next gig. Paul, as someone in the business myself, If you're not able to 'get' basic comedy perhaps a career as a comedy reviewer is not for you. Sketch Department ticked most boxes for me & I'm a very fussy old cow! Kate - Kate
06 Oct 11
I saw this sketch show with my kids on what I think was it's last night & found it very entertaining. Was Mr Ewing watching something else?! What a bizarrely strange review. I particularly loved the opening song & dance (surely the joke is that stuffy office workers aren't meant to be great singers?) the lady playing the self checkout machine was fabulous as were the sketches where two house wives try to out do each other (rang a bell with me!) My 20yr old son loved the zombie & the lady who performed a brilliant rap half way through as well. All in all, a good night out with something for everyone. - Maria Steele
02 Sep 11
As a seasoned festival-goer, it's often the case that my view doesn't accord with that of the reviewer. However, I must say I am particularly surprised by Mr Ewing's review, which would seem to suggest he'd either seen a different show or had made up his mind how his review would read before he'd written it.
The show was well received the night I saw it and the material seemed very much to strike a chord with the audience. The skit on banks seemed to actually be a skit on advertising agencies and the 'American religion' one about Quaker weddings (albeit done in American accents). As for the singing, Mr Ewing's comments seem to imply that the show ends with some off-key singing. Rather it starts with singing which is a deliberate send-up of the corporate jolly.
Reviews like this are unhelpful. While this show may not strike a chord with everyone (and Mr Ewing is entitled to his opinion), reviews that are a misrepresentation of an audience's experience lead to people missing out on a high-quality show, well-performed and entertaining. - Don Crutchfield
25 Aug 11
I saw this show on Saturday night and thought it was subtly brilliant. Not pants down humour, just brilliant ironic observational stuff. As for being repetitive it was deliberately so to reinforce the characters and situation. - Toby Knight
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