Matthew Crosby: Smaller Than Life 1 TweetShareSharePin0 SharesMatthew Crosby returns to the Fringe with another solo show. As one third of the acclaimed sketch troupe Pappy’s, Crosby’s solo work shares Pappy’s typically warm silliness, whilst allowing him the room to breathe. Any comparisons with the brilliance of Pappy’s are unfair however, as Crosby can effortlessly hold his own as a solo performer. The gang show element more familiar to fans from his previous work is also revived, via some incredibly satisfying audience interaction. A liberal use of prop also adds to the organised silliness, as does his unsurprisingly barely adept use of ventriloquism or his beautifully pointless Russian cabaret intro. Crosby’s observations are astute, even if the cleverly woven jokes can at times be a little predictable. There’s some enjoyable wordplay and thankfully we’re forewarned about the groan- inducing puns. Smaller Than Life is a strong solo effort from a performer who, inexplicably, isn’t a household name Words: Tom Crosby Matthew Crosby: Smaller Than Life, Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 14-17th, 19-30th , 7:40pm TweetShareSharePin0 Shares One Response Just The Tonic Edinburgh 2015 Reviews – 5 STARS! | Just The Tonic Edinburgh 2015 August 16, 2015 […] Matthew Crosby (Mash House 7.40pm) ★★★★ “can effortlessly hold his own as a solo performer” – EdFest Mag […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.