Archie Henderson: Jazz Emu (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Archie Henderson: Jazz Emu

Hunter Allen

Clever songs abound in a haphazard debut

Archie Henderson starts his new show with a tune about how he's taught himself to be distinctly average at many things. That's not quite true, though, as he demonstrates over the course of the next hour that he's actually very good at a couple of things (although juggling isn't one of them).

One of the things that Henderson excels at is penning and performing comedy songs. His lyrics are witty, and he proves himself to be adept with a synth and loop machine. The show has very little structure, jumping from a reimagining of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as performed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, to experimentations in fusion music, and on to a clever song about anxiety. The segments are all over the place, but you get the impression that this might well be the point.

Henderson has a captive audience throughout, and his songs have more than a touch of Flight of the Conchords about them. He can perform a range of different styles with talent, and although some of the repeated jokes lose their charm towards the end, Jazz Emu is an assured Edinburgh debut.

Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market, until 25 Aug, 6.45pm, £6 in advance or donations at the venue.

Archie Henderson: Jazz Emu

  • 3 stars

Archie Henderson After two years of making musical stings on his computer, mostly in his underwear at 3am, Archie's facing an artistic crisis. It's time to break the cycle. The debut hour from this multi award-winning comedian is the multimedia musical experience you didn't know you needed. Winner: IYAF Best of Brighton…