Tuesday 14 August 2012 | By Rachel Aroesti
ED2012 Comedy Review: Max and Ivan Are… Con Artists (Phil McIntyre Entertainments)
Unlike their criminal counterparts, Max and Ivan are staggeringly professional. The pair performed this epic sketch narrative centred on the final hustle of six con artists with nothing more than a couple of well-chosen special effects and their own sweat and blood (nearly all of it imaginary). Although it teetered on the verge of outright hilarity almost constantly, it was a bit too slick to actually fall over the edge, a fact which was more than made up for by the incredibly well-constructed plot and the creation of enough in-jokes and reference points in the hour to form a miniature comic universe. It was a pleasure to be a witness to this masterminded subterfuge.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 3.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Rachel Aroesti]