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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Words: Caitlin Finnerty

Paul Merton and his impro chums deliver a comedy show that skilfully incorporates audience suggestions to create moments of amusement, often resulting in a charming blend of laughter and light-heartedness. The ensemble, comprising Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Kirsty Newton, and Mike McShane, showcase their commitment to spontaneous creativity, with Richard Vranch’s performance particularly shining through.

Making a welcome return to the Fringe after four years, the show evokes the beloved spirit of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, capturing authentic moments of laughter and merriment. The fact that the show is sold out underscores its appeal, even if it occasionally wavers in maintaining a consistently high level of engagement.

The array of comedy games, featuring classics like ‘whoops’ and ‘freeze,’ effectively demonstrates the troupe’s improvisational skills, producing delightful sparks of laughter that resonate with the audience. The incorporation of audience suggestions, coupled with the accompaniment of a keyboard player, elevates the interaction and dynamic, enhancing the overall entertainment value.

Notably, the show caters well to an older audience, striking a chord with its cleverly crafted humour that often draws from relatable life experiences. An improv cabaret musical about two M&S workers stands out as a memorable highlight, showcasing the troupe’s knack for finding humour in the everyday. While the show may have its moments of inconsistency, it undoubtedly succeeds in offering an easy-going, laughter-filled experience.

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums
Pleasance Courtyard, The Grand
13-20 Aug


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