GROUP: Cambridge Footlights/Philly Improv Theater
ATTENDED: Tue., Sept. 10, 9 p.m., Adrienne Theater
CLOSES: Thu., Sept. 12
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “The internationally-famous Cambridge Footlights bring their Edinburgh Fringe show across the pond!”
WE THINK: The Cambridge Footlights are sort of like England’s Second City or Groundlings. A long list of famous comedians have come out of the club (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Fry and Laurie, Douglas Adams and Emma Thompson, to name a few) in their 130-year existence. Having made performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe an annual tradition, the touring group has brought their latest revue, Canada, to a Stateside Fringe.
And it was fine. Many of the group's pieces were clever, like “Sketch for One,” where a curtain was put up in front of the performers to make the action visible only to a single audience member pulled onstage, and its counterpart “Sketch for All But One,” which reversed the joke. The performers were definitely fearless, as exemplified by a sketch that began with the audience putting on their 3D glasses and ended with one of the cast members crawling atop the audience in a spider costume. (The comedy snob in me couldn’t help but remember the recurring Count Floyd SCTV sketches about a television show that doesn’t really grasp the 3D concept.)
To quote Ralph Wiggum, it was funny, “but not ha-ha funny.”
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