Even by the standards of sketch comedy, the ‘Stinky Show’ is spectacularly hit and miss. Richard Hanrahan and Adam Mitchell lead off with a couple of sketches that tank horribly – the Twitter sketch isn’t funny to begin with and gets worse as it goes on – followed by some bumbling self-referential stuff which even references that it’s self-referential, but fails to include jokes. Then, apparently from nowhere, they produce a second half of sublimely surreal brilliance. The weird, audience participation ‘Blind Date’ show segues into a grimly hilarious execution scene involving Hitch, a folding chair and a teddy. Like their material, Hitch and Mitch are destined either for stratospheric success or abject failure, but nothing in between.
The Banshee Labyrinth, 4-25 Aug (not 14), 7.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Bell]