When (and I say ‘when’ not ‘if’) you are fortunate enough to witness Matt Kilpa’s “Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce” you will understand me when I say this artist is of unprecedented excellence.
His show is unique – mixing stand up with original and bespoke music – and notably deserving of every award he’s received.
The lyrics are saturated in wit and subtle humour – sometimes its more conspicuous in nature – and engaged everyone in the Lazy Susan’s audience.
You’ll laugh at and love this show of pop hits and nostalgic revivals. And the array of emotions that happens in the span of one song is astounding, from delight to all out nose snorting laughter, and then to second hand embarrassment as Kilpa unpacks his life and makes a few rather racy remarks.
His knack for mixing insightful comments with upbeat tunes is something that needs to be witnessed. From science to sex act euphemisms, Kilpa has a hilarious observation and a chord or two to strum together.
Don’t be deterred by the ‘musical’ tag if you aren’t a fan, for this transcends and reimagines the traditional term.
If the teenage boys in front of me laughing as hard as the older couple on my right were any indication, the relatable Kilpa is a hit with his rock to power ballad to hand jobs ode set list. The improvised rap was a big crowd pleaser especially.
Issues explored included local politics to the easy target of Donald trump and thrown in for good measure are Kilpa’s signature ‘nerdy’ references.
Which even the ‘coolest’ in a crowd would understand and appreciate. His take is fresh and the song form is truly innovative and daring, its one he not only makes work, but he joyfully thrives within its medium.