I should probably preface this review with the disclosure that I think Mitch Benn is one of the truest, funniest and best musical satirists currently working in Britain today and nothing will or could ever dissuade me from this copper bottomed fact.
Anyway, on with this totally objective review of his latest Edinburgh masterwork.
Twenty years ago Mitch Benn performed his first hour-long solo show on the Edinburgh Fringe. Twenty years later and He’s Still There.
See what he did there?
This show is, in the majority, an overview of his two decades’ output. There were some complaints that his last tour, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, featured some of his less recent work. I didn’t have a problem with that at all. It was all strong material and no-one complains when Paul McCartney turns up and sings “Let it Be”, do they?
Well, they do now. The poor old Beatle’s pipes are gone now, he can’t do the high notes, he should probably stick to “The Frog Chorus”. But there’s a few good years left in Mitch Benn yet so why not enjoy his back catalogue?
Anyway they can complain until they’re blue this time as reviewing his hits is the point of the latest show. We’re treated to the full range of the Mitch Benn oeuvre on topics ranging from Doctor Who to the ephemeral nature of satire. From the Charlie Hebdo shootings to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. From not liking James Blunt to… Not liking Ed Sheeran (although his opinion of James Blunt has softened over time and he supplies a musical retraction).
If ingenious musical pastiche fuelled by a righteous anger against injustice is your thing and (for some godforsaken reason) you aren’t familiar with Mitch Benn’s work then you’d do far worse than seeing his latest Edinburgh show.
Even if you don’t then He’s Still Gonna Do It.
Mitch Benn will be appearing at The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh (Venue 319) at 2.50pm until Sunday 27th August.