Recommended by the List, comedy quintet The Jest present an all-new hour of dark and subversive sketches. Be it a depraved travel agent showing unwilling tourists around an Eastern Bloc country you've never heard of, or a pair of recovering Imodium addicts teaching primary school children about the dangers of drugs, the show boasts an array of colourful and grotesque characters. And Maggie Smith. 'Smart cookies, few props, excellent writing ... tick tick tick' **** (List). 'Impressive ... seriously witty ... very talented' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
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Fresh from their appearance on Radio 4's Sketchorama, sketch comedy quintet The Jest will be taking their brand new show to the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Prepare for seemingly innocent observational sketches with dark, subversive twists. From depraved travel agents showing unwilling tourists around an Eastern Bloc state you've never heard of, to recovering Imodium addicts teaching primary school children about the dangers of drugs, this show features an array of colourful and grotesque characters. And Maggie Smith.
Recently slimmed down from nine-person sketch troupe Simply the Jest (who performed at Edinburgh 2011-13), they have received critical praise for their unique brand of sketch comedy, receiving four-star reviews from national publications including The List and Broadway Baby.
They are currently starring in the latest series of Radio 4's Sketchorama, the BBC's showcase for the most exciting new voices in sketch comedy. They have also been recommended by the Londonist and chosen as one of Leicester Mercury's 'Three to See' at the 2014 Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival.
The Jest is made up of University of Exeter graduates Ella Ainsworth (School of Comedy on Channel 4 and at the Pleasance, the BBC's Being Human, Hustle), Tristan Rogers, Jack Stanley (BBC1's Little Britain, the 2005 film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Luke Theobald (runner-up on an episode of Pointless...) and Bryony Twydle.