It is performed with the style and confidence of Festival veterans; so much so that you would never guess that ‘Graham Rex’ is the debut Fringe show for sketch troupe Graham – a winning quartet made up of Luke Andrew, Tom Moore, Arthur Sturridge and Paddy Delaney. Based sporadically around the narrative of Graham’s route to Edinburgh, there’s a great mix of sharply-written sketches and an esoteric set of cultural references – it’s not often ‘Pokémon’ and ‘Frasier’ are mentioned within one show. The boys have great on-stage rapport and are all equally talented as performers. My personal highlight was Sturridge’s unusual take on Alan Yentob – in a perfectly-pitched sketch about BBC4 documentaries – though Moore’s Gandalf impression comes a close second. Definitely ones to watch.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 12.10pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Holly Close]