Sisters: White Noise

Wed 2nd – Sun 27th August 2017


Kiya Evans

at 13:36 on 9th Aug 2017



Entering the small space at Pleasance This, with Avril Lavigne blasting from the speakers, show clearly sold out, the energy in the room is palpable. An hour of hilarious comedy sketches and banter awaits. The minute that ‘Sisters: White Noise’ starts, the originality is clear - a screen displaying FaceTime, Mark Jones and Christie White-Spunner (the so-called ‘sisters’) calling strangers from everywhere from Virginia to Tobago, promoting their show. ‘Sisters: White Noise’ is uplifting, escapist comedy at its best. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this production.

Throughout, the laughs (more often than not, to the point of tears) flow freely, and unwitting audience participation is rife. Audience members feel wholly part of the experience, and the rapport which Jones and White-Spunner immediately build is incredibly impressive. The two men are an impeccably brilliant pair, demonstrating genuine passion in their work as well as pure wit and intelligence. Their friendship is charismatic, allowing them to genuinely relate to their audience but create a relaxed and friendly environment. One of the best things about ‘Sisters’ is that Jones and White-Spunner have distinctively separate styles and personalities, which complement one another perfectly, and creates an overarching storyline which helps to tie the piece together neatly.

The humour, though often eccentric, is never directly offensive or attacking of a certain view in particular. Given the political climate in which comedians are working, it isn't difficult to comprehend why so many Fringe shows this year directly relate to issues such as Brexit and Trump, however ‘Sisters’ refrains from this narrative. Their sketches are fresh and quirky, and, most of all, highly original, a breath of fresh air in contrast to the heavily politicised shows which saturate the Fringe programme. Jones and White-Spunner are never tempted to go for cheap laughs or the usual topics, a quality which is optimised in the line - “No sketch show in 2017 would be complete without mentioning Brexit. So there’s that out of the way.”

As a show which takes the format of sketches, ‘Sisters: White Noise’ has a definitive and unique structure which shines through. At points it felt as if this format became tired, with the humour losing a little of its novelty around the middle, but on the whole it was genuinely fantastic, and the reactions elicited from the audience could not agree more. To fill the seats to capacity and consistently bring audience members to tears with laughter with stomach-achingly funny jokes is incredibly impressive.

The use of projection and technology - especially those filmed surprise FaceTimes to shocked strangers - sets this show apart from any other comedy show at the Fringe. Energising and original, ‘Sisters: White Noise’ wholly deserves the packed out theatre it received, and stands out as a must-see this year.


Ela Portnoy

at 13:47 on 9th Aug 2017



‘Sisters: White Noise’ is a comedy sketch show by two straight white guys, who are very good at laughing about the fact that they are straight white guys. The performance curbs the stray edges of political correctness and uses modern media in very funny ways. Audience interaction was used in a way I’ve never seen before. People were picked up out of their seats and had to perform on the stage - some even had to read lines. The first time this was done a woman had to be an orphaned child pretending she has been adopted. The scene that ensued was so funny my stomach hurt from laughter. The performance dealt with some dark topics but the comedy was never insensitive; just very very funny.

Having said that, in the first half I was crying with laughter, but as the show progressed the jokes lost impact. This bothered me a little as the jokes became repetitive. However, besides this there is not much I can fault with the show. The multimedia aspect of it was fantastic; the way they used FaceTime video calls with people from the US was extremely clever. The joke about the wrong ‘your’ on Twitter was spot on, and the sketches about the Kickstarter fund raising were side splittingly witty. The sketch about the spoon was possibly one of the funniest moments I have ever seen on stage. I also liked the ‘is that a thing?’ sketch because it was both relevant and very funny. The characterisation and comic timing was wonderful here, and the writing was brilliant.

I found the more farcical sketches less funny, such as the one with the hospital DJ. In part, the premise has been done before in a famous sketch in Family Guy, and in part, the jokes that were made were not so witty, rather just silly. I don’t mind silliness - the spoon sketch was extremely silly. But the humour in this one was more repetitive, and made less of a point.

Still, ‘Sisters: White Noise’ are strong performers with an ability for comedy. Their timing was incredible as they really played with the pauses and the pace and it paid off in the laughs. The writing was strong, but the comedy was repetitive, which was a shame as the parts that were funny were seriously good. But my reaction is not representative of most audience members, who were in hysterics throughout.


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