Written by: Foil, Arms and Hog
Reviewer: Simon Topping
From the moment Foil, Arms and Hog begin the preamble into their show the audience instinctively know they are in a safe pair of comedy hands. Ireland’s foremost sketch comedy trio are a confident and likeable bunch from the off.
Before the skits begin we are gently jibed for our awfully English middle-class clapping style and told to give it another go. It takes a skilful artist (or in this case group) to mock an audience and leave them wanting it to happen again and again. Foil, Arms and Hog have this expertise in abundance.
The written scenes, taken mostly from their 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show, are well observed, clever and hilarious. In particular, the human smart phone sketch and the song about power hungry people, including key chain guy and lanyard boss, bring tears of joy to the eye.
As the lads are great improvisers, not surprisingly, the audience is called upon to be a large part of the show. Participants are never cruelly mocked but made the comedy heroes of the night. As Arms says, “Richard may go from us tonight, but he will never be forgotten!”
With such fabulous crowd wrangling abilities, now in their seventh return to the Brighton Fringe, it is not hard to see how they have become well-loved favourites.
Runs 12,13,14 May 2017 at The Warren Main house | Image: Contributed
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