Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Best of Karaoke Circus - Leicester Square Theatre

That's me and Rob Sedgebeer holding up a stage-diving Dave Gorman, that is. It's the sort of thing you only get at Karaoke Circus.

The other sort of thing you only get from Karaoke Circus is Martin White and Danielle Ward indulging their love for Masterchef by getting cult hero from this series Tim to headline, singing Beck's Sexx Laws. I mean, that's pretty darn cool. You just knew he'd like Beck, didn't you?

This was a 'Best of' night in aid of Shelterbox, so we got some reprises of 'classic' performances, including the excellent Tony Gardner keeping a straight face during Wheatus's Teenage Dirtbag, Thom Tuck donning ace aviator's for Cee-Lo Green's F*** You, and Laurence and Gus's frankly astonishing rendition of 7 Seconds. Excitingly for me - as I missed his first performance of the song back at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe - Mr Simon Amstell also released his inner stage-school kid to sing Enrique Iglesias' Hero. Quite a sight to behold.

With The Baron - usually the 'good cop' in the judging team - away, it was up to Dan Maier and Dan Tetsell to take turns going against type and shouting superlatives in praise of every brave singer. They soon tired of that though, of course, both preferring instead to expertly tear each performance to pieces in the most satisfying, accurate and funny way possible without actually leaving anyone in tears.

Between the comics were, as ever, members of the audience who have the freaking cahoonas to get up on stage and sing, and there was a great, expanded KC band/mini-Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra backing the performers. Rarely will you have a room filled with more lovely and talented people, I'd say.


Simone said...

That video made me so happy! xx

Anna Lowman (annawaits) said...