The Unexpected Items

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The Unexpected Items are a sketch comedy group based in London, United Kingdom.

Established in 2008 at Oxford University by a group of students including Matt Lacey, their shows include a series of short sketches and songs that cover a range of topics from frivolous wordplay to satirical interpretations of current trends.[1]

The Unexpected Items have performed in a variety of venues from pub theatres such as The King's Head Theatre to the 420-seat Leicester Square Theatre and performed at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival. One of their sketches, Gap Yah acted by Matt Lacey, became a YouTube sensation in 2010, and the Gap Yah catchphrase gained popularity in schools and universities around the country.[2][3] In June 2010 Sugarbox Records released the official Gap Yah single entitled ‘Gap Yah’ feat. The Banter.[4]


  • Sophie Alderson
  • Matt Lacey
  • Adam Reeve
  • Tom Williams


  1. ^ "Matt Lacey - Man of the Yah". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Nick Curtis (25 March 2010). "Now it's the Yahs who are having the last laugh". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Aidan Radnedge (25 March 2010). "Posh student 'Orlando' is YouTube hit during his "Gap Yah"". Metro. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Gap Yah - Orlando ft. The Banter - Official Single

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