Comedy doesn’t often come as assured as this, and the pure silliness of the show is bound to appeal to all.
Charlie Sprog is dragged from his peaceful life on the planet Outer Farmsway when he learns that it is up to him to save the universe from the evil Galacticon. What follows is a camp space epic with nods to Star Wars and Planet of the Apes. There are some sharp but surreal jokes, and all of the humour is well-considered and accessible. The Trees all play a huge selection of roles, but highlights include James Dunnell-Smith channelling Brian Blessed as the bellowing Galacticon, and John Woodburn as mad scientist Dr Frank, who contortedly flops across the stage like Frankenstein’s Igor.
Sci Fi? is impressively slick. With some often hilarious mime, the Trees cut rapidly between scenes to give a glossy cinematic feel, and some excellent live music adds to the lightening-fast pace. Their physical brand of comedy brings some wacky creations to the stage, with the trio becoming aliens, hoverboards and a robot with guns for hands. There are running jokes, various narrative strands and a complete commitment to all of the bizarre roles the comics are called upon to play, making it feel a lot more complex and glossy than your average comedy show.
It all amounts to a very entertaining and energetic hour, with the pace never slackening or the trio’s veneer of professionalism faltering. Comedy doesn’t often come as assured as this, and the pure silliness of the show is bound to appeal to all.