Grant Busé: The Birds And The Beats (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Grant Busé: The Birds And The Beats

Energetic and often educational musical comedy hour

Grant Busé's day job is something of a gift for a comedian looking for material: he teaches sex education and music to kids on the autism spectrum. So he's definitely not shy about breaking it down about beating off, baby making, butt sex and BDSM. He's also able to put it skilfully to music, and works his way through beatboxing, acoustic ballads and audience singalongs with help from loop pedals, improvised rhyming and the occasional man-scream.

The neurodiverse angle would be a refreshing and underdone one, so it's quite disappointing that it doesn't seem to get enough airtime. Instead he skips past that early on and focuses on the Truth or Dare style of teenage overshares, inviting the crowd in his Gilded Balloon basement, or 'castle sex dungeon', to ask him for no-holds-barred details on his own sex life, flicking his shoulder length, blonde curly hair, and very casually mentioning that he's totally STI free with good stamina, and no stranger to heartbreak.

There are moments like the call and response bits of 'penis!' 'vagina!' that get pretty cringey, and are probably in there to keep the late-night crowds giggling into their pints, but there's also stuff about animal and insect mating rituals, natural aphrodisiacs and Catholic guilt to keep things more interesting.

There's a safe sex and consent message woven in among his facts and cabaret songs, making for an educational, daft hour that invites the crowd to shout out their secrets while he bounds about the stage like an energetic, uninhibited, one-man Australian version of Flight of the Conchords playing Spin the Bottle in a student flat.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug (not 8, 15), 11.45pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Grant Busé: The Birds and the Beats

  • 3 stars

Grant Busé We need to talk about 'the talk'. From consent to condoms to commitment, enrol in this sing-along sex ed class for adults. Using lessons learnt from his job teaching special needs students about sex, Australian Grant Busé reflects upon his own experiences and education set to an original looping hip hop score.