Planet Caramel: Hot, Sexy, Kind and Desperate

Sat 5th – Sat 26th August 2017


Sian Bayley

at 12:52 on 14th Aug 2017



As I enter yet another dingy and damp free Fringe venue for a ‘comedy sketch show’, I must admit I don’t have very high hopes for ‘Planet Caramel’. I’m quickly told I should strap myself in for the ‘ride’ by a stranger in zany orange glasses, and I sigh to myself, wondering what fresh hell this act will bring. But something strange happens. A catchy tune comes on, and three young men begin to dance enthusiastically on stage. I immediately sense that there’s something different with this Edinburgh-based sketch comedy trio, and I’m soon laughing along with the rest of the crowd. Proper belly laughs echo around the room, and it is clear that ‘Planet Caramel’ have something good in store.

‘Planet Caramel’ is comprised of the talented trio, David, Richard, and Alex, three self-proclaimed ‘lovely boys’ who are ‘undoubtedly the best sketch show group in the galaxy’. They are not too far wrong. Their show ‘Hot, Sexy, Kind and Desperate’ is a fast-paced, energetic, and wonderfully silly set of sketches that keep audiences laughing for the best part of an hour - a surprisingly rare feat at the Fringe. Interspersing some witty one-liners with longer sketches, the group keep audiences engaged throughout, but without the excessive use of sex, swearing, and controversy that are present in many other shows.

Whether they’re poking fun at everyday objects such as ‘bags for life’, reimagining an exercise class for people with ‘fat eyes’, or dancing the Macarena to the national anthem, the group are consistently funny. It is natural for sketch-shows to be described as ‘hit and miss’, and there are definitely some sketches that work less well than others, but they are performed with a genuine sense of fun and enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. Their re-enactment of Grease’s ‘Summer Nights’ with the repeated insertion of ‘having a blast’ for instance, is lengthy and chaotic, but remains charming and still elicits giggling fits, particularly towards the end.

I was debating for a while whether to award this show four or five stars, but considering that they are part of PBH’s Free Fringe, and reward all audience members with a free Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer after the show, it is clear to me that they deserve the full five stars. A bright and witty bunch of young men who visibly put their audience into stitches of laughter, ‘Planet Caramel’ embody the spirit of the Fringe festival – a must-see!


Louis Harnett O'Meara

at 18:03 on 14th Aug 2017



Walking into the show I had low expectations; the name had already started ringing bells for me and someone in ugly bright orange glasses ushered me in. I expected it to be crass, loud, childish and irritating. It was a three-man comedy sketch show, and it was all of the above – except irritating. It was outrageously funny; as in I actually felt outraged that they had got me to laugh at their jokes. They had no right to be so funny. But I was forced to suspend my cynicism and chuckle at the sheer stupidity of their entirely unconnected series of sketches for the hour, from body conscious whales to ‘The Weakest Link of Sausages’.

There were about ten of us there to see the show, but they managed to get a lot of merriment out of their severely limited crowd. The performance was a free fringe show at Bar Bados, and it only felt a shame that I didn’t have a pint in my hand to watch it with; it was perfect for a bit of midnight, light entertainment in the middle of the city. We even got a free Tunnocks caramel wafer each at the end.

Some of the jokes were awful rather than funny – usually the ones that went on long enough for you to figure out what was going on. They needed to be a little quicker in their delivery sometimes, and whilst they often got it right they also got it wrong quite a lot. The last two sketches were far too drawn out and had no real punch to them compared to a lot of the others, which let the performance down a little; I saw a few flagging faces toward the end of the last sketch.

But for all my criticism, it was a free performance from a bunch of mates who were genuinely good at getting people to laugh, even with the most ridiculous things. It was enjoyable to go and see, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to have a casual night of drinking and fun. I don’t know if it compared to the wit of the Durham Revue but I had a great time, and it felt good to support some free amateur comedy at the Fringe, the way its meant to be.


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