Holt and Talbot describe themselves as an unconventional double act, and they're certainly not an obvious pairing. Rosie Holt is groomed, confident and ebullient, while Christian Talbot is scruffy, understated and self-effacing. They don't look, sound or appear like they belong in the same show together, which arouses my interest from the get-go.
The opening sketch involves Talbot attempting to coax Holt from the audience, where she is sitting seemingly engrossed in a book. Performers getting in amongst the audience is always a fun style of play and something they make fair use of throughout, as Holt often takes a seat to watch Talbot, making stage-whispered comical comments to audience members next to her.
At the top of the show, they argue about whose name should feature first in the title, making clear that there's an element of competitiveness and desire to be top dog. It's quite entertaining and draws laughs, but it's also unoriginal. I found this, and a good deal of the rest of the themes and jokes, to be quite obvious.
The format is made up of solo material and sketches – the sketches consist of Holt and Talbot playing themselves discussing the show, disagreeing on material and falling out. It's the formula found in romantic comedies: they drive each other up the wall, but when it comes to it can't be without one another. Except there's no romance in the mix (much is made of Holt's self-lamented singleness, which quickly becomes tedious and stereotyped).
Holt in particular seems to go for easy jokes, although she's good at working the audience. Her material – with a couple of exceptions – isn't itself strikingly clever or funny, but her theatrical delivery style and exaggerated facial expressions win us over and make us laugh. Talbot's writing is better, but keeps it safe with relatively unimaginative tried and tested ideas. A section in which he lists the ways a woman can tell a man is interested in her is funny, but the comedy is achieved by tweaking what is already well-worn ground.
These two present a professional show, have good chemistry and are amusing and consistent – but all it's a bit bland, not a stand-out piece. While I wouldn't rush to see them again with so much else on offer, there's warmth and some steady laughs. It's not a pricey ticket, so you could do a lot worse than this – but then again you could also do better.