The Harry and Chris Show 2 (3 stars)

The Harry and Chris Show 2

Freestyle section and parody numbers make for a satisfying sequel

Last year's debut, The Harry and Chris Show mark one, went down so well that they've come back with a follow-up and, having been told that they're funny too, they took the plunge to list this year's effort in the comedy section rather than spoken word. And it's true, they are funny, and a thoroughly amiable and likeable pair too.

On seeing their easy chemistry, it's no surprise to learn that they've been mates since primary school. But a few years back after maths graduate Harry had taken up performance poetry and Chris put his music degree to good use by becoming a jazz musician, they teamed up again. At times, there are some of the elements we've come to expect of a musical comedy show: their own intro song, a freestyle section where Harry incorporates audience suggestions, and a song parody where TLC's 'No Scrubs' becomes an anthem for Christian youth.

But elsewhere in their hour, there's an eclectic focus for their musical talents with a tune from the point of view of Edinburgh Zoo's teen panda, and a touching ballad featuring one of Robot Wars misunderstood 'house' robots. All good fun.

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 26 Aug (not 14), 2.20pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

The Harry and Chris Show

  • 3 stars

Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody and poetry.

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