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. Quiz in My Pants, then, is a wonderful surprise. Not only is it free, but it is by far the funniest show that I have seen this week.

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.

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The festival's silliest panel show returns for its fifth year. With special guests every day, previous guests include Miles Jupp, Tom Green, Henning Wehn, Joe Lycett, Matt Richardson, Ian Cognito, Max and Ivan, and Noise Next Door. Features the world's longest quickfire round! An encyclopaedic knowledge of Sean Bean, Backstreet Boys and Quantum Leap will come in handy if you want to beat the panellists. Bring your own buzzer and let the frivolity begin! ‘A clever experiment which pays off... definitely funnier than any quiz show you’ll see from your sofa’ (ThreeWeeks).

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