The Clandestine Sketch Show & The Room: The Musical

Thursday night saw the opening of Two Spoons Productions’ comedy double bill at The Basement, City Screen York. This marked their debut on York’s comedy scene. The company, boasting more than a few university alumni, ran the sketch show, Clandestine, and The Room: The Musical, back to back.

Two Spoon’s double bill mixes the plays’ comic tones with fearless attitude

Clandestine is fronted by a comedy quartet, with three male performers and one female. This in itself is humorous when utilised in a sung tongue-in-cheek sketch concerning feminism, complete with a break in which sandwich requests fly. The performance confidently incorporates a mixture of sketch snippets and stand-alone sections, which were met with laughter throughout. Clandestine is a promising show, which uses the sketch platform to exhibit Two Spoon’s sophisticated and inventive brand of comedy. A clear strength of the company is their comedic song-writing, as inventive as it is beautifully offensive. Commendable too, are the show’s situational puns on birds’ names. These went down exceptionally well, being so awkward they were actually hilarious. A few of Clandestine’s more energetic sequences do threaten to verge into slapstick, a risky move, but this earned many laughs from the crowd.

The show plays heavily on situations so unrealistic and ridiculous that it’s hard not burst into laughter

After a short interval, comes the second part of their double act, The Room: The Musical. This production draws from Tommy Wiseau’s so-bad-it’s-good cult classic, The Room, as well as playing on the sitcom stereotypes of vapid and unrestrainedly lustful characters. Despite the difficulty of transposing the film’s aimless plot to a theatrical setting, the Two Spoons rendition proves able to reproduce its comic moments with verve. The lead romantic pairing consists of Lisa, a two-timing seductress, and her hapless fiancée Tommy. The latter’s voice alone is sufficient to garner many laughs. As The Room: The Musical pulls largely from the Wiseau film, many members of the audience might not be familiar with it, myself included. Consequently certain scenes might feel like a private joke you aren’t quite in on. Nevertheless, Two Spoon’s musical extravaganza would appeal to all fans of farce, even if unfamiliar with Wiseau’s work. The show plays heavily on situations so unrealistic and ridiculous that it’s hard not burst into laughter. When the production’s guitarist acquired a script and entered several scenes in the role of an existing character announcing, “I’m that psychologist guy”, the entire audience seemed to be in stitches.

Two Spoon’s double bill mixes the plays’ comic tones with fearless attitude and the volume of Thursday’s audience’s laughter is a merit to their success. As they develop, refine and perhaps produce more accessible material – drawing from such a cult classic was a bold move for a debut – Two Spoons Productions is sure to assert itself as valuable asset to home-grown York comedy scene.

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