Go viral for laughs with UK's Idiots of Ants

Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:23am EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Don't despair if you haven't already got tickets to the sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe show of one of British comedy's best up and coming troupes. Go viral.

Idiots of Ants, four young Englishmen whose serious white shirts and black ties offset their absurd sketches, will prance, preen and make you laugh until it hurts your spleen in your own living room today.

The troupe that had Monty Python's John Cleese laughing out loud on a tour of Canada this year and was chosen by leisure bible Time Out magazine as a top pick of the three-week long Fringe has also racked up millions of hits on YouTube with sketches like "Facebloke" and "New York Cop."

"We're frantically making as much viral (video sketches on the Internet) as we can to show off our style and what we do," Elliott Tiney, one of the four Idiots, told Reuters.

Tiney, alongside Benjamin Wilson, James Wrighton and Andrew Spiers have been selling out successively bigger venues at the Fringe for the past three years. They were invited on a Canadian tour alongside Cleese and other "best of British" comedians and have the television supremos sniffing around.

"I guess that's a sign that things are going in the right direction," Wrighton said in an interview alongside Tiney and Wilson.

Their madcap sketch show "Idiots of Ants - This is War" at the Pleasance in Edinburgh was sold out this year before it opened and is an onslaught of gags, video clips and some pretty outrageous humor about the male perspective on life.

They are not afraid of high risk comedy, making one member of the audience a major part of the show each night. At the Fringe, where people wander from bar-to-theater with drinks in hand, that kind of risk-taking can go badly wrong.   Continued...