Hotdoctors: The Downage (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Hotdoctors: The Downage

Slick DJs, slack comics

As the old saying goes, if a job’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well. So when it comes to the likes of musical comedy, you get your gems like Spinal Tap or Flight of the Conchords; elsewhere, subversive satire has brought us comedy gold panned by figureheads like Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci and South Park, all of who are cited as influences by HOTDOCTORS, the crew behind The Downage downer.

A series of sketches and ‘comedy’ songs, with ‘randomosity’ the buzzword, it’s really just a load of celeb names and non-sequiturs stuck together in a post-modern blender to see what comes out.

Admittedly there are a couple of all-too-brief instances when they hit the jackpot. Their hip-hop dressage video clip is totally inspired, for example, followed by the Cheers video game which gets a silver medal. And their accompanying DJ-ing throughout is impressively slick, the antithesis of what is a predominantly shambolic and sometimes offensive effort.

Apex City Hotel, 0870 241 0136, until 16 Aug, 11pm, £7 (£6).

The Downage

  • 2 stars

Three DJs, one video monkey and sumptuous kids humming proud. Hotdoctors mix a live soundtrack of funky breaks and dubbed-up messcore, while delivering a stream of ultra-bizarre sketches, stand-up and video tomfoolery.

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