‘The Dog Eared Collective’ thrilled last year with their bonkers sketch show. While there may have been some completely out there characters and the odd baffling moment, their warm, silly comedy always beamed through, pulling jokes from the most unlikely moments.
Now they have returned with a brand new show: ‘Joyride’. They have removed a loose theme in place of random sketches involving morris-dancing combat, bob sleighs and a great running gag involving a bird tormenting an unsuspecting tourist. Some of the more bizarre elements seem to have been toned down which does make them more accessible to a wider audience but while the weirdness dips, maybe so too does what made them so special in the first place.
Make no mistake these comedians are very funny. Full of frantic energy, they have the audience giggling throughout, having too much fun to care that some of the jokes are too obvious for their own good. A few scenes don’t quite pay off like you would hope, such as the bird scene itself. It’s amusing but really needs more.
Despite this there is still plenty of fun to be had, the sketches come thick and fast, the characters are wonderful and you cant help but get behind them in a fit of giggles.