Reviewer attended show on Sunday 12th May.
Final show Sunday 19th May at the Sideshow, West End. Tickets and more info here.
Headed by bow tie wearing duo Matt Bell and Scot McPhie, The Smooth End of the Pineapple showcases sketch comedy with a twist. Presented as a live comedy recording, the pair perform in a variety of skits that (unlike children) are meant to be heard and not seen.
Sound effects are produced on stage using a myriad of props or via iPad (the concept might be 1950s wireless, but the delivery is definitely 2010s streaming), and it’s all presented with such enthusiasm that it’s near impossible not to get swept up in it all.
The jokes range from the bizarre to the bad (but in a good way), and it’s rated 16+ for a few very good reasons. A punchline will occasionally go awry, whether drowned out by other sounds or just not delivered quite right, but for the most part it’s a polished, if a little wacky, affair.
Keep an eye out for a rather lovely running gag about a man searching for a doctor, and also for the doctor himself – I’ll be quoting lines from that ol’ snakeoil salesman for a good while!
There’s something so delightfully vintage about what they’re doing, a clear homage to old comedy records, and a nudge (and wink) towards the weird and wonderful troupes of the 60s and 70s. The influence of Monty Python, The Goodies, and The Goons is definitely felt here, making The Smooth End of the Pineapple a really quite wonderful thing to see (and hear) in 2019.
Review by Jodie Sloan (website)