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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Mother: Character Assassination – The Warren: The Nest

Creators: Jack Mosedale and Laura Curnick   

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Mother Comedy are Jack Mosedale and Laura Curnick, friends bore out of improv comedy; a fabulously lowbrow, high camp sketch duo. Taking influence from pop culture, at a Channel Five level, Mother revel in being unapologetically trashy.

With their hyperreal characters and fabulously expressive faces, Mother draw the audience in.

Their first offering, a nice take on a Loose Women like programme is delightful buffoonery. Curnick is an enjoyable clown and Mosedale a good mimic and comedy actor.

The difference described between a normal complement and a workplace complement gives rise to a quick shock of laughter and as the show continues, we are introduced to all manner of unbalanced personalities; a crackpot Davina McCall, belligerent Anne Frank and Mosedale’s impression of singer and tv presenter Jane McDonald are all greeted with plenty of giggles in the room.

The movement between the pair is lovely to watch; the modern dance piece, with a twist and audience staring sketches are particularly funny.

The second half falters a little; when the audience would naturally expect the pace to quicken, it slows, a few of the sketches are overlong and in an effort to end each sketch with pun the crowd is left with some weak endings, that perhaps could have been segwayed without the need of a punchline. However, there are some nice running gags and like French and Saunders, Curnick and Mosedale are particularly good at comedy squabbling; sections where they are reading from their childhood diaries prove fun in this respect.

When the show comes to a natural end there is one additional sketch added that seems to be misplaced, but, all in all, this is a pleasurable offering from two charismatic performers.

Reviewed on 10 May 2019 | Image: Contributed

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