Moon is a showcase for Northern double act Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin to provide a steady stream of laughs for a full hour with their array of sketches employing every trick in the book, from simple puns to more physical humour and audience participation.
The show begins with the lads ordering a curry for an audience member, which then develops into a running gag that occasionally intrudes into other sketches throughout the show.
From Morrissey’s rendition of England’s World Cup song to the paratrooper operation disrupted by a bloke on a stag do, Chisnall and Dolphin play off each other extremely well, using their chemistry and rapid-fire delivery to make the hour fly by. However, they also work well in solo sections, with a particular highlight being Chisnall’s sketch about his role in a production of King Lear.
The duo resemble earlier and current comic double-acts such as Morecambe and Wise and Vic and Bob, with the latter’s surreal anarchic nature being especially evident in graphic sketches such as the one involving a macabre birthday surprise. They also recall the Shooting Stars pair in their lack of clear transitions between sketches, resulting in them blurring together, which throws the audience off-guard and keeps them on their toes.
The curry order also comes back for the finale, by which point the audience has been thoroughly entertained by Chisnall and Dolphin’s antics, making it the ideal way to end what has been an hour of jokes and unique characters from two talented young performers. With their extensive repertoire and comedic talents, they’re sure to become recurring favourites at the Fringe, as long as you’re a fan of curry!