When you are performing in a venue as prestigious as the Pleasance Courtyard, average will not suffice; a show must be pretty good to not look out of place, and unfortunately ‘Pandas Vs. Penguins’ is neither amusing nor insightful enough to deserve your investment of time and money. At best, it’s mildly diverting background noise that will raise gentle titters for an hour, then be forgotten about almost instantaneously. It did not help that this show, largely concerning Scottish identity, was half-empty and that only one audience member resided north of Hadrian’s Wall. There are surely hundreds of worse shows at the Fringe, but when you are booked in at what is widely regarded to be one of Edinburgh’s better comedy complexes, the weight of expectation sometimes leads to disappointment.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4 – 27 Aug (not 14), 6.00pm .
tw rating 2/5 | [Joseph Fleming]