Default Friends

Brother and sister duo Jack and Anna Harris bring us a stand-up comedy show using sketches inspired by their life as siblings. Starting with Anna introducing their “interactive community notice board”, her ditsy character from the local Sainsbury’s was wonderfully recognisable and was used to transition between sketches with much comedic effect. 

Jack and Anna have a great relationship and they bounce off each other brilliantly

The main sketch involved Jack and Anna advertising to get a new sibling to join their family. After failing to find anyone suitable on Gumtree they decide to address the local community. Whilst advertising, they took us through their family history. They started with a hilarious skit where 2 year old Jack was talking to newborn baby Anna for the first time as he tried to find out where babies come from. Stand out moments like a mum quiz where they tested each other on weird things their mum has said and done, and analysing their baby photos, were greatly appreciated by the audience. They cleverly showed us their family life, whilst not failing to take the mick out of themselves along the way which all added to the comedy.

The sketch that stood out the most was Jack playing a teacher called Ron as he took us through a programme he liked to call “teaching teachers how to teach”. With funny skits about the politics behind seating plans and avoiding answering student’s questions, it really worked. After a hilarious song about sex education, the audience were fully engaged as Jack proved that comedy works best when the audience can relate to their own experiences.

Jack and Anna have a great relationship and they bounce off each other brilliantly. They had good comedic timing. When a joke didn’t quite work (which wasn’t often), they would awkwardly address the failure of the joke and got the laugh they were originally looking for. In all comedy shows, some jokes won’t quite translate to the audience, and there were some moments that just went on a bit too long. With a bit of sharpening up, this sketch show is well on its way to being brilliant. Jack and Anna have created a clever, original and enjoyable comedy show. With a packed audience and many laugh out loud moments, if you want some light-hearted entertainment to brighten up your afternoon, I can definitely recommend it.

Reviews by Lucy Alexander

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Sibling-sketch-comedy-duo Horace are back and they’ve got some questions. Who’s the best child? Why does Dad not eat yellow sweets? And why does Mum keep referring to car parks as par carks? A new hour chock-full of silly sketches and character comedy. Nominated: Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award 2016.