I’ve had limited exposure to cabaret shows (pretty much just the three I’ve seen so far at Fringe this year), and after reading the event description I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show, but last night I was blown away by the performance I got to experience at the Ellington.
These spiffing gents took us on a journey through music, life and time; travelling through swing, ballads, pop and everything in between; and touching on all aspects of life whether it be family and pets, dental hygiene and of course relationships and breakups.
This show is not for the faint hearted however, and the gents did a fantastic job of dancing back and forth across the line between subtle puns and slapping us in the face with the full double entendre.
They manage to find the wonderful balance of coarse humour and language without being overly crass or offensive. And if you object to any of the language being used, the gents have a couple of words from CeeLo Green for you.
For the full hour, I got to experience several generations worth of music (the dirtiest kind), from traditional folk tales, to old-timey tunes, to modern day hits. The gents managed to nail every song they attempted, with equal facility on the ukulele, grand piano, drum, kazoo or even a cappella.
Throughout the entire performance, the gents charm and entertain with their wit and talents to the point that has you in stitches, and their show doesn’t stop at the music, but continues into their natural repartee and facial expressions as the talk between each other and with the audience as a whole.
Whether it’s managing to get a ukulele on without unseating their hat (it’s an impressive feat, like taking off a jumper without messing up your hair) or playing a ukulele, kazoo and singing at the same time (ok, technically 2 of those weren’t at the exact same time), these fabulous gents didn’t fail to entertain, or stay in character the entire time.