Thom Tuck is the perfect host for a comedy sketch series that features only new acts. As part of The Penny Dreadfuls, whose work Radio 4 listeners might know best for their historical comedy dramas on Guy Fawkes and the French Revolution, he's experienced in teamwork and performing furiously fast sketches.
But as a frontman he is encouraging, supportive and gets the audience on side for the work of artists new to radio. It's good to hear fresh talent and some of the scenarios work really well: I particularly enjoyed the Beta Males with their protest sketch: "What do we want?" "Hearing aids." "When do we want them?" Silence.
But if I had to select one act to listen to again it would be Jonny and the Baptists, whose comedy blues songs segue happily from social observation to the surreal.Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 29th May 2013
Sketchorama, a showcase for live sketch groups from around the UK, lived up to its billing - being very sketchy indeed. Delete the Banjax, Lady Garden and Idiots of Ants all had an equally timed stab at attacking the funny bone over a half hour presented by Humphrey Ker, and thankfully there was the odd gem among some pretty pedestrian satire. Though this opening episode felt very much like student union comedy, the showcase format means next week's programme could contain hilarity of the highest order - hopefully. It's just no fun heckling a radio.Derek Smith, The Stage, 27th June 2012