The Leeds Tealights: Sexy Chubby

If you subconsciously reach for a bag of salt and vinegar crisps when you notice a paper cut on your thumb, then this acerbically doused sketch show is the one for you. A joyous collusion of bitter and twisted scenes that either stand alone or dovetail later, this company freely tiptoes to and fro across the line of convention and decency.

Taking familiar scenes from everyday life, this quirkily adept quartet gives them a sardonic and sinister twist. Some of the sketches are just harmless bits of fun while others bask disturbingly in the moonlight of the bizarre. They may not necessarily breakthrough the ‘Boundaries of Comedy’ as they threaten to do early on, but they do certainly give it a good go. Some scenes lag and certain sketches are left hanging in the not quite dark enough blackout that do leave you wondering ‘what?’ However, that’s all part of the charm and besides, there’s not long enough to dwell on such open-ended questions. Refreshingly original, intelligently witty, the current holders of The National Student’s ‘Best Student Sketch Group’ are as razor-sharp as a set of kitchen knives that dice up the world of the absurd and serve it up cold with a slice of lemon and not forgetting, of course, with complete and utter conviction.

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The Blurb

After sell-out shows last year, the Tealights are back with a brand new sketch comedy show! ‘Fine writing, tight performances’ (Russell Kane). ‘Utterly hilarious’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Sketch after sketch hits the mark’ (ThreeWeeks).

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