Jigsaw: Jiggle It @ Pleasance Courtyard
The pace and energy is dizzying. That it’s a sketch show did set some politically correct alarm bells ringing, but it's wonderfully written, effortlessly performed, so the bells are soon silenced. The jokes are relentless and the sketches are so quick there’s just no chance for dead time. The three distinct personalities jump in and out of innumerable characters, with minimal props and massive talent. They pull us through this breakneck hour.
There is a kind of theme running through, and revisited characters bring continuity to proceedings. We’re introduced to topics as diverse as condescending Tourette’s sufferers, masturbating amputees, violent debt collectors, but it strangely doesn’t come across as too dark. Really. Even the one about Savile...
There's a splendid chemistry between all three as they leap from ballad to rap, satire to slapstick, and only some sketches fail to hit the mark. Given the sheer number crammed in, that's quite a feat. Working beautifully together, a real unit who revel in each others' company, it's a pleasure to be given a new outlook on sketch shows.