Huge Davies: The Carpark
- Brian Donaldson
- 22 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Giving musical comedy a brilliantly aloof injection of excellence
With his downbeat and often caustic manner, Huge Davies is making serious inroads on the much-maligned musical comedy genre. Armed with a large keyboard strapped around his neck, that grumpiness is a barely disguised facade through which he chuckles to himself about this or that line he's just spouted (he has some great lines) or something that might have just happened in the room. Sure, he calls us a 'dogshit audience' for not wholly partaking in a rendition of 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', but this aloof demeanour is all part of the Huge Davies charm.
Formerly the keyboardist for horror-comic pair Norris & Parker, he turns absolutely everything to his comedic advantage. That might be his deadpan reaction to the charity message that seems contractually obliged to be played only in this particular bunker during August, or a technical hitch which he recovers so nimbly from that you could be forgiven for thinking it's an inherent part of the show.
The musical elements themselves are either bleak (a kidnap fantasy, the classic ice-cream van tune deconstructed) or daft (his reprogramming of a harp chord, the classic circus-theme music deconstructed), while a critique of festival DJs or his thoughts on an alternative career for one of the Daft Punk duo are inspired. In between the passive-aggressive silences, there are running gags about the title of this show and his own Asian heritage, making up a Fringe debut that hits some excellent high notes.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 8.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).