Police Cops: The Comedy Trio Has A Badass New Show

Police Cops: Badass Be Thy Name ★★★★☆

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The kings of high energy, lo-fi, genre-driven comedy are back for their third outing. And it's a grisly one.

After two sell-out Fringe runs, Police Cops — Nathan Parkinson, Zachary Hunt, Tom Roe — have already tackled the big genres: the gritty hinterland of detective noir (Police Cops) and the bleak vistas of the final frontier (Police Cops In Space); so where next?

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Manchester, obviously, and the lesser-known genre of trashy vampire-killer 90s-rave horror epic slash family drama. Sort of Dusk-till-Dawn meets Ken Loach.

Like their last two shows, this one's a massively physical hour of narrative comedy, rammed with obscure references, bad-good puns, surreal choreography and partial-but-quite-fervent nudity.

This show has to work harder for lolz than its predecessors. The detective/odd-couple genre that the first Police Cops show riffed off came with more beloved tropes and easily recognisable story arcs than Madchester '99. But while this one's slightly less dense on punchlines, it's still a laugh, Jeremy, a bloody good laugh.

Badass by name, badass by nature.

Police Cops: Badass Be Thy Name is at Soho Theatre till 1 February, 2020. Tickets start at £12.

Last Updated 28 January 2020