This show from the Oxford Revue is everything a student sketch show should be. Trio Kathy, Derek and Alistair present us an hour of unpretentious, funny, silly comedy based around a strange selection of well defined characters, from the fussy American evangelist mom with snickerdoodle cookies in her bag, to a version of JK Rowling with a hugely inflated ego, always complete with wine bottle and pashmina, to a lizard mother and child discussing the human skins they will next inhabit.
The premise of the show – which follows the characters as their paths unexpectedly coincide in the fight against the fascist new eurovision-winner-cum-EU-leader Milosz – is as bonkers as it sounds, but is delivered with such calm, well-rehearsed style that it is easy to get on board with. There are some controversial one-liners, but they are by no means the bulk of the show, which uses for the most part clever political and character observation to achieve its humour.
Kathy Maniura, Derek Mitchell and Alistair Inglis are all talented comics, finding the mannerisms and ticks to give each of the various characters their special quirks. They move from one scene to the next with the perfect amount of slickness; it still feels fresh and fun but I trust them to show off the script to its full potential. The whole thing is hilarious, really well pitched and delivered, and cleverly written.
You can catch this show at the Subway club on Cowgate in