Edinburgh Fringe Review: Casual Violence ‘The House Of Nostril’

5 Aug

Words by Susan Fordcasual-violence-presents-house-of-nostril_31420

I’ve been doing a lot of research of late on sketch comedy; what works, what doesn’t, and what is the formula for funny? Casual Violence has thrown everything I thought I knew about sketch straight out the window with this year’s Fringe show ‘the House of Nostril’.
 
As the name suggests, there is no logic behind the content of the show. Many sketch troupes aim for bizarre and surreal, but only pull off suspiciously random and silly, but Casual Violence hit the nail smack bang on the head. Be prepared, if you come to this show (and I strongly suggest that you do) to leave reality in the courtyard outside, and instead indulge in an inexplicable good time.
 
‘The House of Nostril’ is the theme running throughout the whole show, and that’s all I’m going to spoil about the content. It’s more of a play, a piece of theatre running smoothly with each sketch linked together to form a plot. There’s just enough silliness to even out the politics, and enough personal jokes between the cast to add to the humour.
 
So, what are the reasons Casual Violence have made me scratch my preconceived ideas of how sketch comedy works? The show is genuinely bizarre and totally mental: it’s so difficult to get past this and see why it is funny, but it just is.  This is what has confused me about Casual Violence, how can something so surreal be this good? If you want to have a group of very handsome guys play with your head and ultimately, make you laugh involuntarily loud, this is the one for you.

Catch Casual Violence at Pleasance Beside https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/casual-violence-presents-house-of-nostril

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  1. The Weird but Wonderful Edinburgh Fringe Shows | Punchline - August 24, 2013

    […] is that I like comedy that is completely crazy and surreal. If you’ve read my Paul Currie or Casual Violence reviews, you might have guessed this already. I felt compelled to write an article about some of my […]

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