The Pleasance has announced their final batch of shows for this year's Edinburgh Fringe.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th June 2022
Big Boys is a new six-part semi-autobiographical Channel 4 comedy, written and created by comedian Jack Rooke (Happy Man). Directed by Jim Archer, it stars Dylan Llewellyn (James in Derry Girls) as Jack, who is gay, unconfident and floundering in loving co-dependency with his mum (Camille Coduri) after the death of his father.
Finally making it to Brent University, Jack, who has the fashion sense of a particularly outlandish Build-A-Bear creation, befriends the outwardly laddish but mentally fragile Danny (Jon Pointing). The opening double episode rips through fresher campus life ("You can't call yourself working class unless you've burned the roof of your mouth on a Greggs"), and Jack's inaugural LGBTQ+ night out: "You drank poppers?" Big Boys can be a rough, scruffy ride (think Fresh Meat after downing a couple of cut-price wine boxes), but I enjoyed its Tiggerish spirit and full-hearted embrace of difficult themes. Here's a comedy that isn't afraid to bounce into darkness.Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 29th May 2022
The growing relationship between two young men, one gay one straight, makes for a genuinely uplifting, witty sitcom.Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 26th May 2022
Jack Rooke turns tragedy into a thing of beauty.Abby Robinson, Radio Times, 26th May 2022