REVIEW: BEST BOY (Underbelly Cowgate) ★★★★

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My first experience at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival ended with me up on stage playing a War Trumpet. To be short, Best Boy is a delight.

Charlie Mizon and Dan Smith have fantastic chemistry that doesn’t tire throughout the show. Skipping from sketches to rather impressive magic, the pace of the show is mostly solid, playing off each other and the audience with ease that only comes from obvious experience as a duo. The level of audience participation is well balanced and they deal with surprises (such as one audience member randomly dropping his trousers) with expert wit and timing. They acknowledge jokes sometimes less enthusiastically received with light hearted charm pulling the audience immediately back into a positive atmosphere, yet this is rarely needed as the sketches land with flare and charisma. The show couldn’t possibly be described as anything but silly yet clever, which honestly, at 2.40 in the afternoon, is exactly what the audience wanted.

If you want a fun and witty afternoon of comedy, Best Boy is your show. They had the audience in the palm of their hand and there was never an awkward or uncomfortable moment which is hard to sustain in a small, hot black box for an hour. The show is thoroughly enjoyable and a wonderful way to start the bank holiday weekend in the capital. Not one to miss!

Reviewed by Kara Taylor Alberts (@karaalberts)