Adam Riches returns to the Fringe with a brand-new comedy sketch show and, daring as ever, he leaves one wondering, “is there anything the man won’t do?” This hilarious one-man-sketch-show takes audience participation to the extreme.
Outside the venue, piano music can be heard as the queue moves forward to enter, only to find the comedian on stage displaying his miming skills as he pretends to play the piano – this is when you realise that the performance is already on its way and you haven’t even found your seat. Once all members of the audience are seated and ready, the piece ends and Riches takes a bow.
With no real plot, Riches navigates from sketch to sketch with support from members of the audience to complete each one of the tasks at hand. From Gerard Butler’s Sniping School to the Lost Art of Penmanship, the disjointed sketches are truly entertaining. With each sketch Riches becomes more daring with the audience as nervous laughter travels through the stalls while he selects his next victim. Such moments are immediately followed by a sigh of relief from the lucky ones who were not pulled forward. This seemed to build a sense of camaraderie among the audience.
Riches’ Inane Chicanery is true to its name: it is daring, absurd and, most importantly, hysterically funny. Even though the comedian loses his finesse on the last sketch – when the act feels more like an episode of the Tom Green Show – Riches’ act is one to be seen. A word of warning though, sit near the back if you’d rather not participate.
Words: Mariana Mercado
The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches, Pleasance Dome, Aug 10-27, 9.45pm