Rob Carter: Murder (and other hobbies)
Musical comedy from Mr. Nice guy trying to act tough
This article is from 2013.
Rob Carter is ‘a real bad arse’, he announces in clipped West Sussex vowels. Swathed in John Lewis cashmere, fresh from a ten grand drama school course, he is all too aware that his anecdotes about an ‘anarchic’ childhood (running away from his middle-class parents, only to move into the luxurious annexe flat next to the family home) are never going to be taken very seriously.
And that’s the crux of his musical comedy show Murder (And Other Hobbies); this polite ex-prefect would love to be seen as a threat to daughters and authority figures across the land – and he’s going to use an acoustic guitar as his punk weapon of choice. His rhyming wigger raps, reggae/pop singalongs and subverted songs from Cats and Craig David are designed to send up his own utterly un-hardcore, nice guy persona.
As intimidating as a choir boy, there’s definitely the bones of some good character comedy here, waiting to be fleshed out. But in the meantime, Carter is having more fun than his crowd, prancing in a leotard and strumming out jams about the Bible and his schooldays.
Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 6.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).