The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

Tom Taylor has produced a show so funny at one point I thought my lungs were going to burst. The Game’s a Foot is an hour of very silly and very funny comedy.

If you want to see a brilliant hour of character comedy this comes highly recommended.

Charlie Montague an upperclass twit who wishes to be a detective. When he is plunged into his first case he finds that it’s more difficult than he imagined and hilarity ensues. He is a brilliant character in the vein of Bertie Wooster and builds on a rich history within British comedy.

Taylor really knows how to structure a joke. The feed lines are really well hidden, so you often don’t know you're listening to a joke till the punchline lands. There is also a great variety in the type of jokes throughout the show, which prevents you from second guessing him. He moves from narration to direct speech to breaking the 4th wall at such a speed you can’t get a handle on the underlying rhythm and makes it all rather exciting. In the end it’s the callbacks that really stand out in a show full to the brim with stand out jokes. He really knows how to build on an idea to take it to it’s full potential but also when to just throw something out.

The entire cast is played by Taylor and although he doesn’t have a great range this is acknowledged. Moving around characters so often he sometimes forgets names, who he is playing etc. but it really adds to the charm. It’s anarchic and you never know what’s going to happen next.

The show doesn’t break new ground, it’s a masterpiece in the genre. Fans of the Noel Coward’s of the world will not want to miss this show, you’ll leave yearning for another installment. If you want to see a brilliant hour of character comedy this comes highly recommended.

Reviews by James W. Woe

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The Blurb

Rakish aristocrat and first-time detective Charlie Montague is hired to prevent a murder. The chap dies. Or does he? PG Wodehouse meets Agatha Christie in this hilarious one-man murder mystery from award-winning comedian and writer Tom Taylor (as heard on BBC Radio 4). ‘An absolute delight’ (Skinny). ‘Fine and innovative’ (Time Out).