Reviewer: Tracey Lowe
Sketch comedy can often be a risky thing to attempt. Given the quick-fire style, it can be hard to maintain momentum and keep the laughs going. Luckily, comedy duo Him and Me, comprising of Shea Taylor and Steve Langstaff, are both naturally hilarious enough that there was never a dull moment in Sketch Circus. The boys made their Edinburgh debut last year, and this show was a preview for this year’s run.
Him and Me open strongly with a very clever song about the 90s; anyone who rhymes Nelson Mandella with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is obviously a genius. There are also sketches about overzealous neighbourhood watch officers, and an awkwardly sexual encounter in the ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ clinic. The live action was broken up by genius short videos, covering such weighty topics as social networking injustices and Cheryl Cole’s name change. But the duo’s main strength is parodying already hilarious famous figures. Their impersonations of “psychic” Derek Acorah and the Kings of Leon were pretty much spot-on, and had the audience aching with laughter.
This was a preview, so not everything went to plan. There were technical issues and the closing section was not entirely slick. But Shea and Steve clearly love what they do, and have wonderful chemistry. Some of the best parts were when they broke character because they couldn’t contain their giggles. They definitely had as much fun performing as the audience did watching them. Keep an eye on these boys; they are destined for massive things.