- Murray Robertson
- 8 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Puerile, predictable and unfunny comedy songs by Suns of Fred at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Australian musical trio Suns of Fred present an hour of countless songs adorned with well-honed choreography. Unfortunately, almost without exception, their songs are puerile, predictable and unfunny.
Kicking off with a song about bread, the boys segue from one tune to another at quite a rate. In between, they share loose banter which appears to be improvised on the night. It can’t possibly be scripted: frequently tripping over each others’ words, they exhibit a painful lack of chemistry and, as the mood plummets, it’s clear that they’re rapidly losing confidence.
After one of the members recites a short selection of second-hand one-liners, he seems genuinely baffled by the muted response and his bandmates aim confused glances at the sparse audience. With the performers unable to hide their discomfort (and seemingly convinced they’re absolved of blame), their attempts at audience interaction are met with palpable unease. Audience members are singled out and made to dance for no particular reason, perhaps just so they can share the embarrassment. Near the end, a song is interrupted by total silence for an excruciating length of time. It’s unclear if this is meant to be funny, profound or if they’ve just given up. But proceedings do indeed limp onwards for an arduous finale.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 11pm, £7–£8 (£6–£7).