The Jest (The Jest)
By Stephanie Gray | Published on Friday 22 August 2014
The Jest have returned to the Fringe this year with a reduced cast; just five actors instead of nine to manage all of the running around, bizarre sketches and occasional embarrassing of audience members. Their sketches are clever and original with generally just the right amount of weird (although we may have crossed that line with the arrival of the Granddad sketch!) The changes between scenes are precise and obviously well-rehearsed, making for a seamless show. They even manage to glean laughs from audience participation sketches, and as for their characters… you’d struggle to find a better Maggie Smith impression anywhere. It’s a top class hour, and certainly feels like they’ve raised the bar for sketch comedy.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Stephanie Gray]