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Edinburgh Fringe review: Britney, Friends and Nothing More

© Linda BlackerComedy duo Britney
Comedy duo Britney

Best friends for over 15 years, the chemistry between double act Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson unsurprisingly shines in a fun hour of sketch comedy.

Under the name Britney, they’re fresh from a pilot show for BBC Three and with Friends and Nothing More they aim to make the audience fall in love with them.

It’s a fairly easy task as the likeable pair bound through a number of sketches that never feel awkward in transitions or set-ups, thanks to their strong stage presence and finish-each-others’-sentences friendship.

There are lots of clever links and call backs throughout, and highlights include a wild west style reading of Facebook, a look into the relationship between Stephen King and wife Tabitha, and the duo’s disastrous hosting of their 2009 school talent show.

Edinburgh Fringe Q&A: Sketch duo Britney can’t wait for their first festival in five years

Funny throughout, and poignant at times, the show feels like a love letter to their friendship. And we’re being welcomed in, always feeling in on the jokes and along for the ride.

The duo use the tech and space well, mics strapped to the face like the other Britney and are clearly having a blast being on stage together and letting whatever happens happen.

The show has the fun and mischievousness of kid’s TV but with less PG material.

On this trajectory, Clive and Robertson will be one of the next big double acts that everyone will be clamouring to see.

★★★★


Britney: Friends and Nothing More is at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August at The Pleasance. Tickets here.