“This is silliness as an art form”
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
"Dan Lees and Neil Frost are absolute masters of the Pythonesque gigglefest.. I could watch these guys all day"
Scotland on Sunday
"A wonderful duo who swing from joke to joke without missing a beat.. the best show I've seen this fringe"
"These skilful clowns clearly know how to work the audience and it’s a joy to witness the effects of such assured absurdity."
(no star rating)
"One of the funniest and most nimble-footed pieces of theatre you could hope to see.. the sheer exuberant energy, momentum and invention of the show makes it one of the most outrageously funny hours imaginable"
British Theatre Guide
(No star rating)
"Off-the-wall, zany, crazy, very funny.. two comic geniuses"
"A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy"
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW
"Dan Lees and Neil Frost are fast becoming fringe favourites"
“Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show…You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC.”
“Enjoy the charming chutzpah of Dan Lees and Neil Frost…They don’t miss a beat”
"very cleverly observed"
The Reviews Hub
“One of the best shows I’ve seen this year…top class.”
"This is classic British comedy at its best!"
Whats On In Adelaide
"Amazing...you'll undoubtedly walk away feeling truly enlightened"
"Very funny men"
“Glorious parodies.. fresh and funny”
Steve Bennett, Chortle
(No star rating)
★★★★ "an evening of discovery and laughter."
THE ADELAIDE ADVERTISER
"a very funny production...He (Lees) can hold a look that gets giggles just from a slight twitch of his face. There were whoops, guffaws, feet stamping and plenty of deliciously bemused silent curiosity.. Lees plays with the normal, gives it a spiritual-origami fold, a twist and a turn and suddenly a move or a mundane sentence is an act of comedy genius. Here less becomes more and Lees is a master of simplicity, of bare minimal clown. It's warm hearted, not cruel. The audience involvement is inclusive.. Lees plays silent comedy with ease and skill, tinkers with verbal timing and makes a phrase into an effective, longer routine.. It goes for the funny bone that doesn't always know what has tickled it. Lees makes members of the audience laugh in spite of themselves. That's impressive comedy."
FRINGE REVIEW, BRIGHTON FRINGE 2015
‘Play’ is a marvellous thing that, once past a certain age, tends to be dismissed and diminished. Thank you to Dan Lees who, in true clownish tradition, brought back ‘play’ for an hour to his entire audience. Mixing gentle interactivity with sounds, mime, shape and costume, Lees tenderly tickles and lightly wrong-foots us into a place of unselfconscious playfulness and laughter, using – amongst other things – mime building blocks and nonsense jazz language. An engaging hour reacquainting us with the sweeter side of fun.
The Honky Bonk Comrades:
"Honky Bonk Comrades are harnessing a fine history of absurdity in this near-wordless hour..
The trio, bedecked in ramshackle army attire that parodies the slick military machine, all foster a beguiling, wide-eyed innocence which welcomes the audience into their warped world..
Between them, they adopt three archetypes. The innocent idiot (Neil Frost), the mischievous idiot (Ben Whitehead) and the nominally-in-charge idiot (Dan Lees), and laughs come from the interplay between them, from the low-budget ingenuity with which they perform their sketches, and the way they convey their meaning through their gestures – and meaningless language – alone.
It’s done with charm and patience, and the punter is never the butt of the joke..
their best sketches demonstrate the imagination of children rummaging around with household items. Their outer-space adventure, a loose spoof of Gravity done with absolutely no gravity at all, is a special delight. Their valiant but futile attempts to sustain the suspension of disbelief, despite the cheap malfunctioning props (one of them even dressing up as a cardboard meteorite) is irresistibly funny.
Several attempts at a ‘grand finale’ evoke messy slapstick – shaving foam and all – before settling on a silly game that again welcomes the whole audience in on the fun.. could have them snapping at the heels of Dr Brown or The Boy With Tape On His Face."
Steve Bennett, CHORTLE