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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: The Chap-Hop Decade – Komedia Studi


Reviewer: Simon Topping

Merge Received Pronunciation (circa 1930) and the sensibilities of a true English gentleman with Hip Hop and Chap Hop is born.

A cross between David Niven and Scroobius Pip, Mr B (The finest purveyor of Chap Hop) saunters onto stage, gloriously moustachioed, sharply suited and with banjolele in hand. This show celebrates ten years of The Gentleman Rhymer and we are taken through some classics in his back catalogue; with a couple of new numbers thrown in for good measure.

The feel-good, All Hail the Chap, sets the mood for the evening as the audience are asked to join in with (and happily complying to) some sing-along fun. In-between the tunes we are regaled with some fabulous badinage; how Hip Hop was create by a man called Clive and stories about acid trips in the late 1980s.

Mr B moves seamlessly from song to song in a pace befitting a gentleman. A wonderful physical comedian, the Charleston style dance moves and banjolele solo faces are a big hit with the crowd. This belies the solid musicianship which is the backbone of Mr B’s act; as he weaves his fingers up and down the fret board with great skill.

Songs about Tim Westwood really being posh and taking Kayne West down a peg or two are firm favourites with the audience. There is also a fabulous punk track about the National Trust and a little ditty called Kissing in Porn, which bemoans the loss of romance in adult film making.

This is a well accomplished, very funny and warm performance from the Gentleman Rhymer. Mr B knows how to work a crowd and the crowd love it!

Runs until 3 June 2017 at Komedia Studio | Image: Contributed  |  @brightonfringe

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