Aficionados of BBC Radio Four’s long-running antidote to panel shows I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue knew what to expect when host Jack Dee brought the team to the Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday evening. And the hundreds who turned up weren’t disappointed.
Regular team members Barry Cryer – whose 80th birthday bash is also being celebrated in the capital as part of the Fringe – Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor were joined by a favourite son of the show, Jeremy Hardy with resident pianist Colin Sell the butt of Dee’s acerbic wit as usual.
All the old favourite games were there; One Song to the Tune of Another, Pick Up Song, Sound Charades and Mornington Crescent and others were lapped up by an appreciate audience who couldn’t get enough. Dee brought a local touch to the humour with a couple of digs at Hibernian FC, much to the delight of those Hearts fans in the audience.
Provided with kazoos as part of the show, the audience joined in the swanee kazoo round with gusto and the veteran stars of arguably the most popular comedy radio show in the country provided brilliant entertainment. Even the mythical ‘Samantha’ provided comedy of the ‘double entendre’ variety – most of the audience had heard these gags before in the course of the show’s 43 year history but lapped it up nonetheless.
A wonderful evening’s entertainment and a cracking way to end the weekend.