and conjuring tricks are combined at a frantic pace in this unique
comedy experience. Yet to call it 'mime' doesn't do justice to the
modern pace and originality of the men in hoods.
our reviewer, Callum, in a coat!
parka-clad duo returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where
they debuted their full length show to sell-out audiences.
year also saw them starring in The Live Floor Show on BBC Two.
In front of raucous, late night Edinburgh festival fringers, comedians
learn to deal with hecklers. The most successful of them keep an
anti-heckle armoury of witty retorts that can shoot down an audience
irritant in an instant. So it is to the credit of Men In Coats that
they have achieved such acclaim, at Edinburgh and beyond, without
uttering a word during the course of their act.
| Men in Coats will take you from a raised eyebrow
to creasing up with laughter and if the gags don't get you their
inventiveness and dexterity surely will
is short, with sideburns and a pair of trendy specs; the other tall,
white-haired and looking every bit like the teacher that always
used to accompany the French exchange students on their visit to
dress identically in tracksuit trousers, t-shirts, suede shoes and
pea-green parka coats, then proceed to spend fifty minutes causing
mirth with the sort of physical animation that leaves you confused
as to whether they were part of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
redefine your expectations of what can be accomplished on a
...the closing applause was thunderous
choreography is near-perfect, the sort of stuff that Morecambe and
Wise and Tommy Cooper weren't quite up to. With it and an assortment
of props, they give their audience a fresh aspect on many examples
of 1970s and 1980s film and TV culture: Superman; ET; 2001 A Space
Odyssey; and even Roobarb and Custard.
movements behind the black curtain in the centre of the stage must
be frenetic and drench their parkas with sweat, but it never shows.
| Breathtakingly imaginative
close-up illusionist mode, their visual gags are made funny even
to those in the back row by their incredibly vivid facial expressions.
end with some incredible daftness such as horses commentating on
people-racing, and a brief homage to the Looney Tunes characters
with a "That's All Folks" pose.
left audiences in Edinburgh, Melbourne and now Cumbria convulsing,
it wouldn't be surprising if this pair now leads the world-wide
charge toward the revival of Velcro.
by Callum May, BBC Radio Cumbria