Harry and Chris Save the World
- Brian Donaldson
- 26 August 2018
Raising the bar on happy clappy musical comedy
Down the years, lots of musical comedy acts have affected an air of arrogance and distance which provides an intriguing context for their lyrics and music to either clash against or work in tandem with such downbeat attitudes. Flo & Joan are the latest example of this and you can find elements of it in country types Wilson Dixon and Otis Lee Crenshaw, as well as urban misanthropes Bo Burnham and Tim Minchin. But for Harry and Chris, it's all about the positivity, and they can barely stop smiling during an hour in which they attempt to raise the bar on their 'comedy rap jazz' thing.
Despite wielding some dodgy puns (eg 'news Justin'), they also have some great puns (a routine about ice-cream brands amusingly includes Danish comic Sofie Hagen: you work it out), and they have decent tunes about Armageddon ('We're Still Here') and pandas in captivity. They might threaten to alienate some in their crowd in this town with a bit on the brave English efforts during the Russia World Cup but they're back onside immediately with a delightful merging of Beyoncé and Teletubbies. Harry and Chris may not be interested in developing a harder edge to their act, and why would they when they can leave their stage every time grinning from ear to ear?
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, run ended.