Three young lads in search of comedy gold, No Poofs No Piano comprises of sketches and quips with typical schoolboy humour. The guys have a lot of self-confidence, which is always a good start for stand up, and it was a packed crowd in a venue befitting of a comedy show. But this is a work in progress.
Harry, Tom and James have a lot of energy and bravado in their performance. Whilst not lacking in ability, and some good characters included into their set, it does seem a little provincial in its stance at times. They work well together and have a good triumvirate partnership. At these early stages in their career, there is a sense that this is somewhat of a first outing for the boys, and whilst their comedy may not be to all tastes, it instantly appeals to a younger crowd.
Attempting the mantle of a well-established and successful act, No Poofs No Piano really should hit higher than it does currently. Sketches designed to shock were too long in places and certain taboos really don’t need over playing. The best of the sketches were their take on Hogwarts and the upper class couple bumbling their way to impress upon the working class as one of them.
Harry stands out as the comic foil and ably fulfils his duty playing the grotesque characters with ease, and facial contortions with no rival. James comes across as the straight man of the trio, and it would be interesting to see him develop in characterisation. Tom feels like the brains of the bunch, and whilst he tries hard, he perhaps tries too hard - which can lead to a sense of arrogance. Never a good thing. Sometimes, less is more.
With a nod to A League of Gentlemen, they would be wise to follow that threesome in taking the time to work and develop their skills to a sharper and more rounded show, with depth of characters for the future, to match the enthusiasm and competence that the boys have.