Comedy review: NewsRevue 2013
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: NewsRevue 2013, at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), review by Martin Gray
A SHOW that survives on the Fringe for 35 years must have something going for it. What NewsRevue 2013 has is a fresh cast and fresh jokes – after all, a show satirising topical events and sticking its tongue out at the Great and the Good can hardly be stuck in amber.
This year’s subjects include the big screen version of Les Miserables, Nick Clegg apologists, BBC favourite Clare Balding and the arrival of Prince George.
The sketches are fast-moving and sharp, with few misfires – a Margaret Thatcher skit did have a few whiskers, but given the Iron Lady finally clanked off in 2013, it’s fair game for a revival.
Headliners Rachael Born, Alex Pritchett, Maddie Rice and Thomas Judd are a ridiculously talented bunch, with top timing and seemingly able to turn their tonsils to any accent or impersonation demanded by the gag. The gang’s physicality is equally noteworthy, with Pritchett’s frog leaps especially alarming.
Throw in pianist Ed Bussey, whose musicality is as impressive as his hair, and you have a zippy hour of up-to-the-minute entertainment guaranteed to spark smiles and even a belly laugh or two.
Here’s to another 35 years of appalling disrespect for our so-called betters.
Originally appeared in The Scotsman