Review: As Seen As Possible
Whilst dragging at some moments, As Seen As Possible has some punchy sketches with excellent performances
Focusing on the fickle and fast-moving world of celebrities, Ariel Hebditch’s As Seen As Possible covers a broad range of issues, from TikTok fame and academic stans to the facetious politician and pretentious art critics. The extremely broad range of sketch topics despite the short runtime of the show gives Hebditch a large number of opportunities to write good jokes on a wide variety of topics. Though whilst this opportunity is definitely taken full use of, certain sketches seem to drag at times and punchlines sometimes feel a bit hit and miss, though when they hit they make their mark very well.
This wide range of sketches does lead to a large number of topics being covered, with noticeable highlights being the Satanic politician, the asexual vampire, the dark academia supervision fanfic, and the masked singer parody. If this sounds like a slightly eclectic mix of sketches strung together by a fairly loose theme then you would be right, a point which the show’s compère Andy Warhol (Grace Baxter) highlights. Though self-awareness in itself doesn’t innately stop an issue, when the sketches hit right and the laughs are coming through, the inconsistencies of theme are not a complete deal breaker to having a good time.The key issue the show had was only really obvious in certain sketches and was fundamentally a question of runtime. Whilst some sketches were incredibly punchy and made their mark well no matter how clever or simple the punchline was, others felt like they were dragging at times and the payoff ultimately didn’t feel always worth it. The ultimate example of this comes in the limelight and the art gallery sketches, with the former being an excellently stupid, tightly well-crafted skit which is much funnier than it sounds on paper. With the art gallery sketch, despite some strong potential and some silly moments such as carrying in Baxter as part of the exhibit, the ultimate payoff didn’t feel overly satisfactory and could have been worked on.
As Seen As Possible is showing from the 1st – 4th of March at 8:00 pm and on the 5th at 9:30 pm in Christ’s New Court Theatre. Book your tickets here.