Review: “An abundance of silliness” ★★★ Tape Face, Garrick Theatre

Fresh from a stint on America’s Got Talent, Sam Wills brings his Tape Face to the West End and with a programme filled with some of his most famous sketches, fans will be thrilled by the two-hour mime marathon.

The modern-day clown – who reached the finals of the stateside competition – presents a show filled with audience interaction and moderate humiliation, which includes an abundance of silliness.

Hip thrusting Grandads, puppetry using old shoes and games with Ping-Pong balls and bubbles are all part of the fun, but the unsophisticated nature of the comedy does have a tendency to become a little repetitive.

Despite a large piece of gaffer obstructing his mouth for the whole show, Wills is extremely expressive and he’s at his best when shooting disparaging looks at his volunteers/victims, when things don’t quite go to plan.

Lovers of slapstick and physical comedy will have a whale of a time, but those who prefer their humour on a more sophisticated level will tire quickly.

Tape Face is at the Garrick Theatre until 23 July 

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