Frimston and Rowett: A Sketch Show

Tue 22nd May 2012

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Jenni Reid

at 08:21 on 23rd May 2012

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Having to give this performance 4 out of 5 stars frustrates me. It means very little; some aspects of Frimston and Rowett’s sketch show were outstanding, some were just good, but overall the evening was extremely funny, uplifting and professional. Trying to judge whether it deserved a perfect 5 or a slightly less enthusiastic 4 was an arbitrary decision. All that is of importance is that it was a great night of entertainment, and promises more exciting things to come from this comedy duo.

Frimston and Rowett are recent Cambridge graduates currently trying their hand at the London comedy scene They returned to the ADC for one night only to bring us a collection of their favourite sketches from their past three years of writing together. Having seen a preview sketch at last week’s Corpus Smoker I had every confidence that this evening would not be one to be missed, and I’m extremely glad I didn’t. It was funny, of course, hilarious at times – but this is what we came expecting. What was pleasing to see was how professional the show they had put together was; tight and full of energy but without ever looking over rehearsed. Not a line or sketch fell flat for the entire show, and the pair’s comfortableness on stage was evident. Their sharpness was especially shown in a sketch about poorly matched police partnerships in which they showed an extremely impressive capability for rapid scene changes. They also made effective use of recurring sketches, allowing us to build a strange sort of connection with very 2-dimensional characters, and rather than becoming tiresome these got funnier with each new appearance.

The show was perhaps a little slow to start, and the first sketch of the night seemed an odd choice to open with since the humour didn’t come till the very end, leaving me in a sudden panic that the evening would be a disappointment. But I needn’t have worried, since after this it took no time at all to get into its stride, and once it did, Frimston and Rowett had the audience in the palm of their hand. Almost anything the pair did could have got a laugh, although that is not to say that the laughs they did get were not extremely well deserved. Every sketch was clever, well executed and very funny.

Frimston and Rowett make a great pairing, having the strong contrast that is needed of a comedy partnership but with neither falling too obviously into a typecast, allowing their sketches to be extremely versatile and each one seeming fresh. Their most original sketches were the best, with one about a bankrupt bellows maker leaving me wiping away tears. Another about a funeral stripper service went down extremely well and was one of the best of the night. If you get the chance, don’t miss out on seeing these two perform. Their careers are surely ones to watch with interest.

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