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Ep 2: Shoestring

Alex and Ben - aka The Pin – are back with their weird twist on the double-act sketch show. The loveable idiots deconstruct a world of oddness in front of a live audience.

Following a hugely successful first series, which drew praise from the likes of David Walliams and Ben Stiller, Alex and Ben are back with their weird twist on the double-act sketch show. Strap in for a 15-minute delve in to a world of oddness performed in front of a live studio audience.

This week, The Pin are out to prove their accountant wrong, and make a great show on a budget.

About The Pin
The Pin are an award-winning comedy duo, and legends of Edinburgh festival. They deconstruct the sketch form, in a show that exists somewhere between razor-sharp smartness and utterly joyous silliness.

After a sold-out run in Edinburgh, and a string of hilarious performances across BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC 3, Channel 4, and Comedy Central, this is The Pin’s debut solo show for Radio 4. Join them as they celebrate, make, collapse and rebuild their jokes, each other, and probably the radio too.

For fans of Adam and Joe, Vic and Bob, and Fist of Fun - a show of absurd offerings from two loveable idiots.

- 'The Pin prove it's still possible to play with the conventions of the medium of sketch comedy.’ - The Guardian
- 'Knowing and inventive: a 15 minute blast.' - The Times
- 'The sketches are funny, and made special by Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen also examining, subverting and reversing familiar tropes. The material is excellent.' - Radio Times
- 'Eviscerating their chosen form completely.' - The Sunday Times
- 'A very classy, very funny show indeed.' - The Telegraph

Producer: Sam Bryant
A BBC Studios Production

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14 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer Alex Owen
Performer Ben Ashenden
Producer Sam Bryant
Writer Alex Owen
Writer Ben Ashenden

Broadcasts

Have a Laugh with Radio 4

Have a Laugh with Radio 4

Comedy clips and funny features

How easy is it to write a comedy sketch?

How easy is it to write a comedy sketch?

The Pin (aka Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen) chat to Cariad Lloyd about pitching bad ideas.

Featured in the Comedy of the Week Podcast

Featured in the Comedy of the Week Podcast

Presented by Cariad Lloyd.