The Cambridge Footlights show Pillow Talk is a fantastic way to spend an hour of your time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.
The Footlights have a long list of notable alumni such as David Mitchell, Robert Webb and Richard Ayoade. As such, each year there are high expectations for the newest crop of young comedians. With Pillow Talk, this year’s team not only met those expectations but in this reviewers eyes, they performed some of the best sketch comedy one can see at the festival.
The show got off to a high energy start with an innovative piece involving the use of several amusing puppets; think Avenue Q but wittier and more relatable to anyone who’s had a night out on the Royal Mile which may or may not end with a trip to Hive, or if you’re in the mood, an Abba special at a local bar.
“Some of the best sketch comedy one can see at the festival”
Throughout, the pieces utilised a good mixture of sharp, cutting observation alongside some well judged levels of smut. The audience certainly appreciated them with good levels of noise throughout. The liveliness of the audience, something so crucial to the success of any comedy, was never in question from the very beginning of the show and the cracking atmosphere played its part in a hugely enjoyable hour.
This was helped in part by the use of some clever audience interaction. I don’t want to give too much away before you go and see it for yourself, but members of the crowd were at different times: members of the incredibly large ‘Johnson family’, looking to flee the country after a grisly murder; or guests at a foreboding B and B, choosing between ‘lamb anus’ or the ‘continental buffet’ for their breakfast option.
The one sketch I didn’t quite get, involving a family full of people behaving like animals, was then turned into one of the funniest parts of the show. Following this sketch an audience member was chastised for not sufficiently enjoying the ‘horse dad’ joke and then pulled in to be a part of the act. Again, this audience interaction contributed well to the vibrant atmosphere within the venue.
Make sure you go and see this show before the end of their run, they are frequently sold out when I went so get your tickets in advance; as I queued to get in there was a chap with a hand-made sign imploring people to sell a ticket to him. This is some seriously amusing comedy and has content that I’m sure the likes of Mitchell and Webb would rate. Don’t miss it.
The Cambridge Footlights Pillow Talk is performing at Pleasance Dome (Ace Dome) from 21st until 27th of August. Tickets can be purchased here.
Image: The Cambridge Footlights
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