Baron Fingolfin: The Stranger
An incredible singing voice and surreal silly fun
This article is from 2016.
Baron Fingolfin is going to tell you all about his famous friends, and he has a lot of them. But first he's going to get all up in your face, so if that's not your thing, steer clear. After stomping over the chairs and high-fiveing everyone, he gets to it, taking to the piano (and sometimes violin) to sing about his celeb pals (Sandi Toksvig to the tune of Britney Spears' 'Toxic', etc).
His voice is incredible; so are his instrumental skills. But his twisted takes on pop culture are what make the show. A re-imagining of the Big Break theme tune paints Jim Davidson and John Virgo as chilling horror movie villains, while his Piano Man character (Buffalo Billy Joel) is known for cutting celebrities' faces off and wearing them as his own.
This thread is what Fingolfin eventually runs with, spinning an elaborate yarn about going out with 'the brunette one from ABBA', pondering on whether or not Lou Bega ate all those women in his 'Mambo No. 5', and culminating with an epic battle with Billy Joel to save the celebrities of the world. It's good, silly fun, but worth seeing for his singing voice alone.
Just the Tonic at the Mash House, until 28 Aug, 5.20pm, £5.