Clever Peter: Blood, Sweat & Tears

This trio of sketch comedians live up to their name, with a succession of intelligent set-ups and quick-witted punch-lines that keep the audience laughing throughout their high-energy set. Dancing on and off the stage between scenes, they present a series of punchy sketches that never outstay their welcome – and sometimes make you wonder if concepts have more mileage in them than the brief outing they were given. Some scenes and characters do recur, though, as the show becomes an interwoven series of vignettes, revisiting a few sketches to great effect, in between quicker, one-off gags. All three performers have an easy chemistry and strong comic timing that does justice to their material – and elevates some of the weaker lines. There are a handful of wonderfully inspired moments, such as a perfectly pitched send-up of hackneyed film scripts, an excruciatingly awkward exchange in a library, and an execution by an incompetent firing squad. In the tradition of the sketch genre, the show is a bit hit-and-miss, but there are enough zingers here to make up for the ones that flop, and by keeping the show pacy, Clever Peter have ensured the audience don’t dwell on any one sketch, good or bad. Well written and executed, this is an enjoyably madcap collection of sketches.

The Blurb

After sell-out shows in 2008 and 2009 the award-winning sketch troupe Clever Peter return to Edinburgh with their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy. This year expect 'Blood, Sweat & Tears'...