Edinburgh Fringe 2009: Kiosk of Champions with Richard Sandling and Stuart Goldsmith
Andrew Mickel23 August 2009
Take a series of sketches, add in a proportionally bi-polar comedy duo, sprinkle it with a little bit of niche film knowledge and a one big ego and you have Kiosk of Champions.
The semi-improvised sketch show by Stuart Goldsmith and Richard Sandling is a new take on the traditional sketch humour, interspersing skits of Good Cop, Bad Cop with what looks like unscripted on-stage banter.
Although the short sketches are good, Kiosk of Champions aren't going to win awards for sketch writing in the near future. Some work excellently while others feel like a work-in-progress.
In fact, at times their laissez-faire attitude to sketch humour makes the whole of Kiosk of Champions feel like you are watching two friends you know mucking about in your living room.
But what Kiosk of Champions have managed to build up is a genuinely approachable rapport - both with themselves, and by the end of the hour, the audience.
Richard Sandling’s incredibly likeable mannerisms work well with Goldsmith's amusing cockiness and it is the comedy persona that you learn to enjoy, not the sketches themselves.
And, although the improvised nature of the show means that the continuity is sometimes lost, Kiosk of Champions has the potential to mature into a very likeable and enjoyable comedy routine.
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