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altI admit, when the Fringe Guide was released this year, I scoured the plethora of adverts and listings in hopes of finding the return of the guys that did Tim: Against All Odds during last year’ festival. That was a highlight of my August 2009, the kind of show that makes you love this time of year as it just takes you by surprise in the late afternoon, and just when you think you’re too jaded to sit through any more tired and unfunny acts, the next thing you know you’re giddy despite yourself, and exiting the venue laden with stickers, signs and sweets.

I almost gave up but then stumbled upon The Roaring Boys. Yes! There they are, my old pals! And it’s like deja vu – the same venue, on the same row, only this time with quite great expections. And I can’t help myself, I still can’t get enough.

The theme of the act this year is funny on its own, as Danny and Jonny, with their expensive banners, aim to ‘set you free’ and Stop The One Show. These lads have had enough of time-wasting telly and are campaigning for its demise.

The mission takes many nonsensical, and therefore hilarious, detours: girlfriend stealer and tall man Robert tauntingly appears and reappears, an ode to French grandparents is sung at an awkward intermission and sis Clare declares herself ‘a poorly conceived character’.

When the mission is on the right track (ish), there are truly brilliant songs, the obligatory audience participation, and talk of transporting poo only to smear it on the BBC walls as Plan B of Operation Set-You-Free. The sequence of varied, bizarre events is swift, the wit sharp and the quantity of kooky, just right. Since I even now carry their catchy tunes in my head, I look forward to next year’s ludicrous scenario from this endearing duo. 

Underbelly, 5-29 Aug (not 17, 24), 5.40pm

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