Idiots of Ants are very, very pleased with themselves. They’re funny, they’re there to have as much fun as the audience and, somehow, it really works for them. Their sketches strike a wonderful balance between total absurdity and clever observation, with their best being the simple construct of taking reality and changing one of its parameters – for instance, “what would the world be like if every conversation happened at gunpoint?”. The funniest moments, however, are those which appear unscripted, when the members are squabbling on stage, stealing each others’ lines or gratuitously blasting each other with fire extinguishers: these really make the show stand out above the competition. Their enthusiasm truly succeeds in bringing the audience to its feet.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15, 22), 8.30pm (9.30pm), £9.00 – £11.50, fpp90.
tw rating 4/5