Gap Yah Student Becomes Comedy Cult

Sketch filmed in front garden of Chiswick home is huge YouTube hit

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A comedy sketch filmed in the front garden of a Chiswick home has become a huge YouTube hit spawning new catchphrases of ‘gap yah’ and ‘Perah’ in schools and Universities across the country.

Set in the leafy Rusthall Avenue garden and directed by local lad Charlie Henniker, Gap Yah is the latest skit by sketch comedy group The Unexpected Items.

Packed with classic lines, this sketch is sets its star up to be the Tim Nice But Dim of his generation. It's "just like being in Fulham."

Facebook fan pages for the video have been created as has a manga version (in the style of Japanese animation).

"The whole thing seems to be snowballing more than we ever thought possible," Charlie told

The Unexpected Items are formed of six comedians – Sophie Alderson, Katharine Hill, Matt Lacey, Max Pritchard, Adam Reeve and Tom Williams – who write and perform their own sketches and songs, directed by Charlie Henniker.

In January 2010 the group began a seven-month residency at the Hen & Chickens in central London; in February they celebrated their first birthday with a gala show at the Union Chapel and appeared at the Leicester Comedy Festival; and in August they will head north to debut at the Edinburgh Festival.

For clips of the Items in action, please visit youtube channel at:

March 23, 2010