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2-Man No-Show Review

By Gabriel Neil - Posted on 19 August 2010

Fringe 2010: 2-Man No-Show
Show details
Ines Wurth Presents (Canada)
Running time: 
Isaac Kessler, Ken Hall

Do not let the one star for this show fool you. This is not a bad show. Bad is far too small a word to describe the kind of spectacle you are in for, should you choose to see this show. For this show is a crime against comedy.

I had originally planned to be generous and give it two stars, but on reflection, I realised this was not on the basis of any redeeming value of the show, and more down to pity.

The songs involved were unimpressive and poorly executed, and the sketches were bewildering and distinctly unfunny. As a whole this show was an unfocussed mess, with even potentially good material wasted on the almost endearingly amateurish performers. I felt sorry for the members of the audience who had actually payed to watch this.

An over-reliance on awkward film references in between frankly boring vignettes and some truly embarrassing audience interaction makes this show both inaccessible, as well as badly written.

In fact, the only way one would be likely to enjoy this would be to imbibe a herculean quantity of alcohol, which neither this reviewer, nor EdinburghGuide would recommend as it would be a fantastic waste of time, money, brain cells and life expectancy. The alcohol won’t do you any good either.

Show Times
19-29 August, 11.45pm

Ticket Prices
£8.50-£9.50 (£7.50-£8.50)

You're right.  This was not a bad show. In fact, I would describe it as anything but bad.   The routines were fun and charming.  The performers took us into their own worlds through offbeat dances/scenes and hilarious interaction with one another -- often to the point of breathless laughter for me and my friends in attendance.  I appreciated being involved as an audience member, something most people shy away from too quickly. This show was meant for those who can let go and have a good time....Too bad Gabriel Neil is not one of those people.