Oxford Revue: But Seriously

Thu 4th – Sun 28th Aug 2011


“an unmissable opportunity to witness the country’s brightest young comic talents before they become...famous”





Oxford Revue


World-famous sketch comedy group The Oxford Revue, described by The Times as “the country's brightest young comic talents”, return to the Edinburgh Fringe to showcase their most acclaimed material from across the year.

The Oxford Revue was founded by Michael Palin in the late 1950s and has since established itself as one of the most prestigious comedy groups in the country. Its alumni include Terry Jones, Stewart Lee, Armando Iannucci, Rowan Atkinson, Alan Bennett –all of who had their first forays into comedy with the Revue at the Fringe.

Last year’s Fringe show ‘The Oxford Revue is Going Places’ was a resounding success, receiving four stars from Broadway Baby, who remarked on the show’s “intense energy, unique delivery and great writing”, and this year’s line-up boasts an even stronger crop of performers. In shows around Oxford and London this year, the Revue was described as “brilliantly funny” (Daily Info), delivering “outstanding performances”(Oxford Theatre Review).

Reviewers were impressed by the way that this year’s performances tied sketches together with a sense of narrative and strong, memorable characters – rather than the usual ragbag of disconnected skits. One reviewer commented, on a performance of our sell-out week long run of ‘The Oxford Revue Talks to Strangers’ at the Burton Taylor theatre, that:

It’s easy for a sketch show to feel random, hit-or-miss, with each punch line following too closely on the heels of another, like a bad stand-up routine… Having a central narrative helped partly avoid this, stitching different kinds of comedy into a Frankenstinian sketch show that lurched into horrid, funny life. (Daily Info)

We wouldn’t have gone for ‘Frankenstinian’ ourselves, but we took the compliment. Lurching horribly around the Underbelly’s White Belly stage this year will be:

Adam Lebovits (co-president) Sophie Klimt (co-president)

Nick Davies Vyvyan Almond

Imogen West-Knights Molly Hart

Max Fletcher Directed by Jessica Palmarozza

This is an unmissable opportunity to witness the country’s brightest young comic talents before they become as famous as their illustrious predecessors, in a show described as 'flamboyant, vibrant, and of course, hilarious...the audience were in absolute hysterics throughout' ***** (Oxford Theatre Review)

Admission: £6(£8) – £10.50(£9.50)

Underbelly, Cowgate

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