Cook and Davies Present: Planet Earth and All Who Sailed in Her

The intimate feel of the basement studio at the Caves adds to the atmosphere of the performance of Planet Earth and All Who Sailed in Her. We are travelling through space on a shuttle. Earth has long since been destroyed and here to help us remember our former home planet are Cook and Davies, 2013’s So you Think you Write Funny? finalists, ready to perform a sketch show unlike those you’ve seen before. However, there are greater concerns on the shuttle than this performance; there is a rip in the space-time continuum and we are headed straight for it. Can they finish the show without: A. killing each other or B. being sucked into the void?

As their work progresses and they learn how to produce consistently on-the-ball comedy, Cook and Davies are bound to attract audiences with their goofy yet refined humour.

The performance gets off to a promising start with a cleverly put together sketch about split personalities, gaining laughs from the whole audience. I enjoy the variety in Cook and Davies’ sketches; there are a few about films, some silly space jokes and a long-running gag about a cardboard girlfriend named Homebase (don’t ask). All in all, Planet Earth and All Who Sailed in Her is unabashedly silly and didn’t once leave me bored. In fact, I laughed a lot.

There are points where the comedy feels forced, as if the duo have tried a little too hard to wedge in a joke, although these are mostly overshadowed by the better moments. As their work progresses and they learn how to produce consistently on-the-ball comedy, Cook and Davies are bound to attract audiences with their goofy yet refined humour.

Cook and Davies don’t try to be highbrow and that’s great. Most of the time they seem to be having fun for the sake of it, laughing at their own jokes and enjoying the performance. That sense of enjoyment rubs off on the audience and makes this strange sketch show terrific to see.

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The Blurb

Ahh... remember Earth? Leap aboard Cook and Davies' spaceship for a high-energy, eccentric salute to their now obliterated planet. With the survivors of humanity bobbing through forgotten, dusty galaxies; So You Think You Write Funny? finalists Cook and Davies offer hope in the form of frenetic sketches, absurd parody and half-remembered musings on that little blue blob and the oxygen munchers that once stood on it. Relive what Earth was definitely/possibly like in the last sketch show in the cosmos! ‘Stars in the making’ (BBC). **** (NewCurrent.co.uk).