• Al and Ned's balding fringe

Al and Ned's Balding Fringe

Edward Whelan | 22 Aug 2009

Three stars can cover a broad span of ratings opinions and I’d put Al and Ned smack bang in the middle. Not that they are bland though, far from it. They have a solid one hour show, a double act trying to get through their sketches without killing each other. The sketches, in between the bickering tiffs, are the weaker sections though - funny, not hilarious, but energetically performed and avoiding cliché. Better is the building tension between the double act, who are barely containing their exasperation. They are a good pair of contrasting personalities, the uptight and the lazy, and though it’s not the most original idea they play it very well. Its a good show, and you’re unlikely to be able to keep a straight face.