Ben Champion: Human
- Suzanne Black
- 16 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Musical comedy that could be watched at home
Musical comedian Ben Champion faces the difficult task of transforming a series of three-minute ditties into a fully-fledged hour. Choosing the theme of 'being human', he certainly gives himself a lot of scope to work within.
Skipping between keyboard and guitars, Champion's musicianship is given a work-out in genre-hopping songs about the difficulties of recycling, the perils of being a ginger cowboy and the appropriateness of Hugh Laurie's singing career. Each succeeds when Champion takes it to an unexpected place and comprehension dawns over the audience in waves.
The (admittedly broad) theme does hold everything together but the quality dips between the songs. There's also a faulty foray into the baser aspects of humanity. Rather than transform the mention of sexual acts into something witty or clever, Champion expects the mere mention of semen to be funny enough to carry the joke. It's difficult to recommend travelling to see this show when as good a time can be had at home on Youtube. His autocorrect song though, despite the ubiquity of jokes about iPhones, will never not be ducking funny.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug, 12.45pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).