Comedy review: Routines
Comedy review: Routines

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Routines, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ If YOU have ever wondered what goes on in the green room of a comedy club then this could be the show for you. Three really good comics and another one perform their onstage material centre stage and then, in another area, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Routines, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.

★★★

If YOU have ever wondered what goes on in the green room of a comedy club then this could be the show for you. Three really good comics and another one perform their onstage material centre stage and then, in another area, hang out in the “green room” of the venue. Chunks of the backstage conversation are improvised and concern that gig itself, the audience and anything that has happened that day.

This is closer to reality TV onstage than to drama and it is genuinely engaging. Dana Alexander and Matt Roper turn out to be particularly good at it. Stephen Carlin – whose superb set covers heroin addiction, alcoholism and the mystery of a man’s “mates” – is hampered by being about a foot too tall for the space.

Onstage the comedy is fine as each comic does a short set. Wilfredo fans will be thrilled to see, for the first time, Wilfredo undressed. The weak point here is the direction. In the offstage moments the cast underplay in a manner only suitable for camera. I realise they have been directed not to “act” but onstage this simply comes across as lacklustre. And the slightly problematic layout of the performing area has not been addressed creatively. But this is a show that will improve with the amount of fun the performers are having, so you could do a lot worse than go along and help them.

Free Sisters (Venue 272) until 30 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015

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