Siblings and Family Friends

These girls are batshit crazy and I love it.

Shocking, hilarious, bizarre and one of the funniest shows I have seen this Fringe

Sisters and hosts of Siblings and Family Friends, Maddy and Marina Bye, had me howling with laughter. This show had us all screaming and gagged (in a good way).

The Bye sisters bring their “family” to present a variety/comedy show unlike any other, with the essence of Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders as they introduce us to clowning, stand-up, drag, choreography, dance and more as each family member is introduced.

The first was Anna Fisher with her hula-hoop, hula-hooping up to six at once, balancing them on her face and even performing a handstand with the hoop around her legs - as well as a sexy little burlesque show toward the end. She was on fire, (metaphorically), as sexy as she was fun.

Up next was John Tothill, a comedian who is no stranger to the fringe circuit, with a hilarious set talking about his experience as a teacher working with evil children, fancying the PE teacher and being very camp but not gay. His humour was dry, yet very funny and relatable.

Jo Griffin joined the party talking sober dating and dating those younger - she called us all cheeky little sausages and I was already laughing. A very funny woman who is not afraid to get dirty with her jokes.

“Father" and "son” Mark Silcox and Luke McQueen brought further hilarity, with terrible singing from McQueen, ridiculous personas and wardrobe and a dry, awkward style of humour. The audience was in stitches.

We then moved on to Sikisa, a stand-up comic/burlesque performer who entertained and shocked the crowd with an energetic burlesque routine. Sikisa was a riot, with stories of being a milf and being diagnosed with dyslexia as a grown adult.

Next up, Joe fisher gave a highly impressive juggling routine, and then Chloe Petts gave a hilarious and flirty set, letting the audience go for a toilet break but timing them and other shenanigans.

The final comic of the night, Jazz Emu, was a sight to behold. Rocking a 70s style, with an eccentric accent (German? Swedish? who knows), and a bombastic set, culminating in Mr Emu carrying an audience member upstairs.

Absolutely insane, this variety show was shocking, hilarious, bizarre and one of the funniest shows I have seen this Fringe!

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Prepare yourselves for a wild and wonderful variety night hosted by character comedians and IRL sisters Maddy and Marina Bye, of critically acclaimed Siblings, starring their family friends (who also happen to be the best comedians at the Fringe). Expect stand-up, clowning, sketch-comedy, drag, dance and more in these three exclusive nights. Winner of Reviews Hub Best Show Of Brighton Fringe 2021; nominated for the British Comedy Guide's Comedian's Choice Award 2022. 'Ferociously funny' (Guardian). 'A kaleidoscopic fever dream' (Entertainment-Focus.com). 'Natural-born comedians' (Metro). **** (Telegraph).

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