The Antics are an improvisational comedy troupe formed in 2008, primarily of students and alumni of Sheffield Hallam University. The group hold a residency at Sheffield Hallam Student Union, performing monthly shows as part of the union comedy line-up. They are also popular at venues across Sheffield including the Lantern Theatre, The Lescar, Henry's and the Sheffield Student Comedy Festival.
They made their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2010, and returned in 2011 for a second run entitled "Premature Ejokeulation", receiving a 3/5 rating from popular festival reviewer ThreeWeeks.
'Premature Ejokeulation' was also notable for being named #1 in Esquire's list of "How not to name your fringe act" shows, also placing #1 in the Edinburgh Festival Guide's Top 10 Punning Show Titles.
In 2013 they performed their third show at the Fringe, entitled "A Pile Of Wit".
They are known for their audience interaction, assortment of comedic styles and unpredictability.
As of March 2017, there have been 17 performers with The Antics.
|Brad Macca||April 7, 2011||Yes|
|Max Brown||April 7, 2011||No|
|Colin Cowx||October 28, 2010||No|
|Charlie Nevill||February 26, 2010||No|
|Darell Robson||November 29, 2009||Yes|
|Tom Fieldhouse||November 1, 2009||No|
|Jonathan Syer||March 14, 2009||Yes|
|Gav Richards||January 29, 2009||Yes|
|Dan Pearson||January 29, 2009||No|
|Ash McDowell||January 29, 2009||No|
|Chris Waters||January 29, 2009||No|
|Daniel Fenton||Januayry 29, 2009||No|
Sheffield publication Exposed Magazine reviewed The Antics positively, saying "Antics always have something to say, no matter how surreal, absurd or inappropriate it might end up sounding, and that’s the fun. The fact that truly anything could happen next is enough to keep you engaged and ensures you’re never bored".
Audiences who attended their Edinburgh shows in 2010 rated them 4.7 out of 5, via the website Love Fringe stating that they were "hilarious, quick on their feet and the show was fast-paced".
The 2013 Edinburgh was met with mixed reviews, including a 3* rating from Broadway Baby.
- Lantern Theatre Listing
- Sheffield Student Comedy Festival
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- ThreeWeeks Review
- Esquire magazine article
- Edinburgh Festival Guide
- Exposed Magazine Review
- Love Fringe Reviews
- LoveFringe Reviews
- Broadway Baby Review
- Broadway Baby Review 2013
- http://www.exposedmagazine.co.uk/latest-mag/magazine-archive/march-2011/ - Exposed Magazine Archive; Review Page 76 - 77