The Lampoons: House On Haunted Hill

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Pleasance Dome

August 1st– 12th, 13th-26th (23.00)

Material: four-stars.png Delivery: five-stars  Laughs: five-stars


This was my first comedy of this year’s festival and like most people I was spoiled for choice and didn’t know who to go for. Luckily I had a friend in the know and he recommended the Lampoons. I really did not know what to expect and was going In blind so to speak. I was also taking my mate from out of town so was really hoping this was a good one! The space was very intimate, with about 10 rows on either side right I front of the small stage. We were presented with 5 doors and not much else really so I quickly realised that these guys were going to be relying heavily on their material and wit, the show was either going to be tragic or great.

The general plot is an adaptation of the 50’s B-movie titled ‘The House on Haunted Hill,’ when a few rather odd characters are invited along to spend the night in Vincent Price’s haunted house. Each character is superbly played by the actors who have to use all of their acting skills and abilities to rig the characters to life. The full show was weirdly wonderful and had both myself and my fried enthralled in what these lunatics were going to do next. There is everything from oversized pickles to crazy ghost cats to keep you entertained. There is also a good level of audience participation which only adds to the hilarity.

This could well be the most ridiculously bizarre late-night show at the fringe; a thumpingly hilarious non-stop Comedy-Horror
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There seemed to be a lot of improv involved as the show evolved, giving the actors the freedom to ‘run with it’ and lots of opportunities to let their imagination run wild and the patter flow between everyone. The pace of the show was pretty fast and there were a few hilariously funny parts that had some of the audience in absolute hysterics including myself and my friend! I can see this show running on and on – comedy genius would be a fair comment and absolutely mental may be another! This show is one of the best things that I have seen in years and I would advise everyone to take a punt on these guys – you will not be disappointed.

The show works perfectly in this small theatre, as you can see the whites of the actor’s eyes and every facial expression. It is rare that everyone in a show is amazing, & the truth is these guys actually are; Ollie, Adam, Tina and Josh will have you on the edge of your seat as you watch a master class in silliness!

Mark Parker

five-stars

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