FRINGE REVIEW – McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8-Bit


By S Mulvihill

Anyone who was a kid in the late 80s, early 90s will love this nostalgic (slightly drunken) trip back to the world of 2-D computer games and silliness. Armed with cans of a well-known Scottish lager this comedy duo invite many, many comedians to join them in late night computer playing shenannigans.

Our hosts describe themselves as two middle class white men in their early 30s refusing to ‘give up the dream’, a comment that could be interpreted tonight as ‘refusing staunchly to grow up’. And happily this show is the result. Splitting the audience down the middle into two teams of supporters paves the way for raucous camaraderie as the evening progresses. Taking sides the crowd gets rowdier and rowdier as they cheer on a seemingly never ending procession of guest comics playing classic games like Bomberman and Mario Kart, which are projected onto a screen at the back of the stage. Well, there’s a lot a stake. The winning side gets chocolates thrown at them, and the losing team captain faces some heinous forfeits, which Pamphilon seems not to have the stomach for. Each game is introduced by members of the Beta Males, explaining how to play and providing some truly geeky facts. There is some hysterical live commentary provided by Paul Foxcroft and Richard Soames and yet more comedians pop up from time to time with specially written sketches for the evening, while one lucky punter gets the chance to win back the price of their ticket.

As increasing amounts of beer (and Tesco Everyday Value Vodka) is consumed the night descends into a debauched farce reminiscent of nights many will have spent in student flats. The same teasing , goading and energy pervades every corner of the auditorium and the atmosphere is infectioius. This show is unabashed good fun. They’re only running four shows this year so get your tickets while you can.

Pleasance Dome, 11th, 16th, 17th August only, 23:00

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