Reviewer: Clare Howdon
Baby Wants Candy is fast becoming a staple part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience. Following total sell-out shows in 2015, 2016 and 2017, one of most celebrated improv shows in the world is back and judging from the audience reaction this year, is as strong as ever.
It is nigh-on impossible not to be completely charmed by this show. From the moment one steps foot into the Assembly George Square Studios and the lights come up on a couple of chairs, a troupe of six performers and a full live band, it is clear we are in for an exhilarating time.
The Chicago-based improv troupe waste no time in whipping the audience up into a frenzy and the amount of screaming and whooping may be in some part down to the Saturday evening slot, but it is also testament to the infectious energy and vibrancy that these charming performers radiate.
The show begins with the troupe taking suggestions from the audience on a title and this particular show was based around the suggestion of ‘Emma’s Giant Cervix’ (inspired by a ‘Bride-to-Be’ audience member clearly on her Hen-Do) It wasn’t the most high-brow of proposals, but the ensemble’s ability to turn this rather limited title into something magnificently funny and cleverly subverted is what gives Baby Wants Candy the reputation they so clearly deserve. The improvised songs are all creative and catchy and impressively span a wide range of styles, with the performers also remarkably syncing up spontaneous choreography and harmonies to support the music.