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Gein’s Family Giftshop: Trophy Collection – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes

Gein’s Family Giftshop, highly rated at the Edinburgh Fringe for their comedy sketch show, are taking the best bits out on tour as Gein’s Family Giftshop’s Trophy Collection and for the Salford University graduates, this stop at The Lowry is being treated as a homecoming gig. Not that playing in front of family and friends dilutes the trio’s renowned puerile humour as their hour long show oozes bad taste out of every pore.

The opening dance number with middle fingers raised to the audience and early sketches involving individually produced coffee and a unique winning chess move set the low tone for the evening and the level of humour barely lifts itself above the range of blood and bodily functions. And luckily this is an area where the Gein’s Family Giftshop group of James Meehan, Ed Easton and Kath Hughes, excels. In the hands of less skilful writers and performers, the relentless bad taste could feel wearing but here the hour passes quickly as sketch runs seamlessly into sketch, in a display of out and out silliness. Surreal stand out moments include Easton miming buying a pint which spirals into being dragged into hell for a nasty encounter with Satan, and Easton again being encouraged by Meehan to use his bar room chat-up lines, which of course soon degenerates to their usual level of humour.

This isn’t a comedy show for everybody, as the trio themselves point out several times during the evening. The pace generally holds up well to keep the laughs coming all night and the writing and performances are both so sharp, you wonder what Gein’s Family Giftshop could become if they ever decide to go more mainstream. But for now, their show is the most low-brow, puerile, bodily obsessed, and silly evening’s entertainment imaginable, and most importantly of all, if you do have a tolerance to bad taste, very funny.

Reviewed on 17th February 2016

Tags: Gein’s Family Giftshop, Gein’s Family Giftshop Trophy Collection, The Lowry, Salford, Comedy, James Meehan, Ed Easton, Kath Hughes

STAR RATING: 3.5

Snappy words: Bad Taste Laughs

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