The Beta Males – Happenstance

Pleasance Courtyard


Aug 1-11, 13-25





Maybe this is my personal opinion, but you can’t go far wrong in a comedy sketch show when playing ‘Happy’ by William Pharrell as the patrons arrive to take their seats…

This four-piece comedy act deliver a slick, passionate, highly inventive sketch show of the weird and wonderful and somewhat bizarre plots ever created during one hour. We meet a talking pony, bears at a graduation, clone scientists, policemen looking for Barney Rubble and magical bakers! They perform a crazy selection of stories that eventually come beautifully together. There is so much energy in this show, I’d even go as far to say they are a bit hyperactive, as they gulped down energy drinks and throw handfuls of coffee granules down their throats between sketches. There’s some low level slap stick, musical moments, delightful daftness and non-stop entertainment. Each member compliments the other with their snappy script and individual characteristics. No wonder they are Chortle Award nominees, stars of Radio 4’s Sketchorama and have had sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows over the past five years!


These writer-performers John Henry Falle, Adam Blampied, Richard Soames and Guy Kelly are also taking on solo acts throughout the festival. So if you like this, look out for The Beta Males Sessions in Richard And The Story Beast or Adam And Guy both in the Free Fringe. Work out who is really is the master duo behind this clever quartet?!

So get yourselves along to the Pleasance to see this funny high paced showcase, if only for a glimpse of the package behind the Union Jack, for this truly is a magical show, just be careful what you wish for though, or you might find yourself Brown Bread! …And for the record I was indeed ‘Happy’ by the end of the show! FOUR STARS

four stars



Reviewer – Sarah Lewis

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