Grant Busé: Touché Busé
- Arusa Qureshi
- 15 August 2019
Monologues and songs about misfortune and mantras
Inspired by Tim Minchin's satirical brand of musical comedy, Grant Busé packs in the charm and self-deprecation in this hour-long ode to when things go wrong in life. From being unlucky in love to confessing his professional woes, the wild-haired and animated comedian overshares a great deal with the audience, all with the intention of accentuating his all-important mantra, 'it's the blows that make the shows'.
Busé's upbeat musical numbers, including his sneering rendition of 'Hallelujah', which includes some light-hearted if awkward audience participation, are the definite highlights here, along with his general back-and-forth with those sat in this basement theatre. His regular mentions throughout of his appearance on Neighbours in 2011 are met with more laughs and high-fives with each not-so-subtle and boastful reminder. By the end, he manages to win everyone over with his silly monologues and ditties about his various misfortunes.
It occasionally falls flat in the middle when some segments don't connect all that well, but Busé has a strong finish, as he heads down to sit with the audience, confessing some more serious and unhappy elements of his life to highlight the fact that things are never perfect. Flitting between acoustic ballads, piano-led numbers and some wonderfully surreal interpretative dance, Touché Busé is a show that exemplifies the idea of taking the bad with the good.
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, until 26 Aug, 10pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).