Ford and Akram: Humdinger

Ford and Akram are versatile and genuinely likable performers with an excellent character dynamic; Akram is confident and arrogant, walking all over the intelligent but overwhelmingly awkward and introverted Ford. The show is the story of their friendship, from its inauspicious beginnings at a bar mitzvah through rather cartoonish and strange trials up until the show itself. Ford and Akram throw themselves into different roles and the various exaggerated (and usually cliché) characters they meet along the way with an admirable enthusiasm and genuine skill - Ford in particular is an excellent physical performer. They are happy to interact with and even enter the audience which only furthers their likability. Regrettably, for all that they are affable and talented, their material is shockingly low on actual jokes and the repartee between the two of them can only get them so far. Their material about Akram hanging around school gates to befriend teenagers and Ford’s shocking uselessness in relationships is silly without being quite ridiculous enough to take refuge in absurdity, and as such falls flat.The duo are far from talentless and know how to work a crowd. It is to be hoped that they do not give up and simply work harder on their material in future.

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The Blurb

Imagine a double act with just two people. Imagine Colin Farrell, batmitzvahs, mime, songs, simulator hat-bags and semi highbrow literature. With just two people. Ford and Akram are the double act. Humdinger is their show.

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