The key to the success of Circus Hilarious is that its stars, Clive Webb and his son Danny Adams, clearly enjoy making each other laugh as much as they enjoy making the audience laugh.
“That’s not in the script, is it?” Webb stutters, as Adams does his best to make his old man corpse. And such is the anarchic energy with which the pair approach their fast paced show, that it’s no wonder Webb is panting like a marathon runner by the end.
A lot of the duo’s humour is verbal, but they also love big, messy slapstick routines, during which everyone gets soaked, including the audience. Adams is also particularly good at picking on ‘volunteers’ from the audience, with a guillotine routine a highlight of their current tour.
A further element, music, is added in the second half when Jonny Marx leads an all-clown band, with Webb on drums, setting up a series of musical gags for Adams, in costumes ranging from Elvis to a newborn baby.
Elsewhere, Marx performs some straight-faced magic routines, Cousin Timoni performs an impressive tray-balancing routine, and guest stars the Kenya Chiefs add limbo dancing and acrobatics to the circus mix.