Reviewer: Tracey Lowe
Although you may not recognise Adam Kay by his name, chances are that over the last ten or so years someone has sent you a viral video of one of his songs. Kay specialises in parodies of popular songs, his most popular being a particularly scathing number about the London underground to the tune of The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’.
Tonight, the crowd are treated to “what’s left of Adam Kay”, as Kay hobbles onstage with his left foot in plaster. The audience quickly realises this is not part of the act, but Kay doesn’t let this affect his performance in the slightest. In the first half, he sings about Oscar Pistorius to the tune of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, a tribute to the Jungle Book to Chesney Hawkes classic ‘The One and Only’, and devises a new, extremely rude Christmas song for George Michael based on his bathroom activities.
Kay does not hold back when sticking the knife into celebrities. Michael J. Fox, Kate Middleton and Kirsty McColl all come under fire. A lot of his humour is pitch black, and while it sometimes seems wrong to be laughing, you really can’t help it. There were certain moments where audible gasps of shock were heard, but these were quickly followed by riotous laughter.
Kay lost a little momentum during the end of the second half, where he played his most popular requests, including the aforementioned ‘Going Underground’ parody. It was evident that Kay has possibly become a little tired of playing songs that are quite old, but certain audience members really enjoyed them. There’s no denying that Kay’s most recent material is definitely his strongest.
The crowd were in stitches within minutes of Kay taking the stage, and the electric atmosphere remained throughout the performance. Kay’s songs do not extend to more than a couple of minutes each, but he managed to fill eighty minutes with consistently hilarious material. His patter between songs was equally as funny, even though he admitted he was on quite strong painkillers. There were absolutely no bum notes tonight, but plenty of very, very inappropriate and enjoyable humour.
Reviewed on 1st February 2014