COMEDY FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Chuckle Brothers, De Montfort Hall. Review by Neil Galleymore
The Chuckle Brothers won TV talent shows Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and New Faces in 1974.
Despite this, they did not find real success until the advent of their own show for the BBC in 1985. The comedy of the Chuckle Brothers derives from slapstick and other visual gags, and the kid-friendly repetition of their hit catchphrases "to me, to you" and "oh dear, oh dear".
In this latest pratfall-packed adventure, The Chuckle Brothers Meet The Phantom, a theatre manager is in trouble because a ghostly presence is scaring the punters away.
Things have got so bad he is having to sell everything off in order to pay the rent and he knows an empty stage is never any good for attracting shows.
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He calls Paul and Barry for help. "Have you got any ideas?" he asks. Of course they have. Just not necessarily good ideas.
This show, which also features Jimmy and Brian Patton (the Chuckles' older brothers) is filled with great routines, hilarious slapstick comedy and a fabulous puppet number.
A favourite was a great Barber Shop quartet number featuring the Chuckles and the Patton Brothers.
The young audience loved every minute and my four-year-old son thoroughly enjoyed it. Afterwards, he said to me: "I love the Chuckle Brothers, they are very funny". And while they're never going to pick up the top gong at the British Comedy Awards, I think that just about sums it up.