Review: S.C.O.F.F.!: The Comeback Tour

Harry Parker 6 February 2015

Before coming up to Cambridge last year I had heard of the Footlights troops and dreamed of going to shows which I would find shocking, or ridiculous, or, simply, of ground-breaking importance for the future of British comedy – so, no grand expectations, really. It’s not to say that I think that, Footlights Presents: S.C.O.F.F.!: The Comeback Tour, suddenly encompasses all of those dreams, but its certainly the closest I’ve seen.

Hilarious, confusing, slightly strange but altogether wonderful are all certainly fitting descriptions of the show, and I’ve come away believing that this show represents what I like to think Footlights troops are renowned for: doing things that other people can’t necessarily do and getting away with it. In other places, a sketch on The Titanic with N-DUBZ voiceover would be seen as ridiculous. But here, it works.

The writer-performers: Sasha Brooks (Sally), Raphael Wakefield (Colin), Eleanor Colville (Olive) and David Matthews (Fergus) were all stellar, and the dynamic between the four worked incredibly well. I suspect that this comes partly from the fact that they have been in control of the shows creation from start to finish, but it also wouldn’t surprise me to find them down the pub having a knees up of a random evening.

The great thing about S.C.O.F.F.!: The Comeback Tour was the use of film to break up the sketches and provide the backstory for the characters. They  helped create the sense that this was indeed some crazy Footlights reunion tour, to the extent that I allowed myself a cheeky Facebook stalk to check that I hadn’t gone crazy and that they were all current students. Whilst I’m slightly embarrassed about the fact that I have admitted this, it’s testament to the performers for creating comedy which is both believable and ridiculous at the same time.

What you can’t do with smoker shows is tell you about great sketches and recommend that you to go back the next day to see them. But this is exactly what I can do with S.C.O.F.F.!: The Comeback Tour. Running until Saturday you’ve got no excuse not to go, and if you do decide to take the trip you can spend the evening laughing about the sims, definitions of citrus fruit and cheese. What’s not to like?

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Footlights Presents: S.C.O.F.F.!: The Comeback Tour is on at 11pm at the ADC until 07 February. Get your tickets here