For any unassuming
festival goer in search of a laugh, there are a whole host of shows willing to
part him from ten scottish pounds and provide no such thing.
This is a show which manages to combine off-the-cuff highbrow wit and games in which the contestants must mime words to do with pants
Quiz in My Pants takes a panel show format. The host, Nicola Bolsover, is joined by two teams of two guests - all performing their own shows at the festival - who engage in a series of comedic games with the audience’s help. Admittedly, these games vary slightly in quality: a round in which the contestants pose quiz questions to the host is not particularly strong. But when the laughs do come, they come thick and fast.
The contestants are sharp and astute, easily bouncing off each other and the audience. But their chance to shine comes properly when they are asked to perform five minutes worth of stand up each, with points awarded to the funniest team. Peter Antoniou’s cynical psychic comedy stood out for me as particularly witty and intelligent, while James Loveridge’s story of how he became an internet viral sensation had the audience in floods. I laughed more during the twenty minutes in which these sets were performed than I have done throughout the whole of many hour long shows.
This is a show which manages to combine off-the-cuff highbrow wit and games in which the contestants must mime words to do with pants without either ever feeling awkward. If you like either, or both, of these things, then I cannot recommend this show highly enough.