Comedy review: Jigsaw

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Jigsaw – Jiggle It at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson

An interesting companion piece to Nat Luurtsema and Tom Craine’s solo shows, as scrutiny of their respective hours about their break-up reveals the odd inspiration for sketches in this continuing project with Dan Antopolski, Jigsaw don’t quite scale the heights they have achieved at recent Fringes.

They still cram an enviably high turnover of skits and disparate ideas in and it is as well acted as ever. But after a typically assured opening salvo, there are more nondescript, so-so sequences than before. Although they repeat little from their recent Radio 4 show, it tends not to have the same impact; their amusing song The Bandwith Bandito losing its sparkle when delivered more in your face.

Recurring bits incorporate both knockabout, cartoonish silliness, with Luurtsema seeking to pay off her debt by convincing a naïve Antopolski that she is his four long-lost daughters in turn, and relative subtlety, the name of her character Anoos rendered as an understated but enjoyable running gag. Her Wonga liabilities and a brilliant sketch at the top of the hour, featuring a former director general of the BBC finding no peace at a B&B from the corporation’s recent travails, are unusually topical, as most of their sketches exist in a parallel but slightly offbeat universe.

MORE INFO: Jigsaw are at Pleasance

Originally published in The Scotsman

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