Micky P Kerr: Kerr in the Community (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Micky P Kerr: Kerr in the Community

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Songs trump stand-up in a show which uses its audience

Micky P Kerr is a primary school teacher by day, and a singing, dancing, joke-telling minstrel by night. Last year, he reached the final of Britain's Got Talent, and although he didn't win, it's propelled him to new heights of fame and fortune. This show is about how to make it in the music industry, and Kerr begins by explaining that good vocals are all that really matter. In fact, if your vocals are good enough, you can miss out whole lines of lyrics, as demonstrated by examples from Queen, Gabrielle and The Bee Gees.

Kerr's singing is better than his jokes, but he's at his funniest when he combines the two, as with a series of short songs with witty titles about getting older. The stand-up and musical numbers are broken up by three videos made by Kerr and some pals, which only raise sparse titters from the crowd. The material gets stronger as the show progresses towards its climax, which involves some heavy audience participation. This is a light-hearted, fun hour with an affable host, but he'd do well to focus more on the song parodies, and less on the spoken-word gags.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 5.45pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).

Micky P Kerr: Kerr in the Community

  • 3 stars

Brett Vincent for GetComedy In this hilarious rags to more rags tale of becoming a "proper" musician, one of the UK's finest musical comedy talents dissects the winning pop song formula and offers his own unique reconstructions. Last year Micky, made the finals of Britain's Got Talent and wowed the judges: 'So funny, so…