The Beat Goes On: Talking with Loudon Wainwright III

“I think that’s what I’ve always tried to do when I’ve gone out to perform. I think of myself as… MORE
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Watch the exclusive premiere of Mac Sabbath’s trippy video, “Sweet Beef”

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The Lost Disc review – tall tale of a great Glastonbury bootleg

Soho theatre, London
Will Adamsdale shapeshifts to play a crooner, a troubadour and a country singer in an ambitious mockumentary show

‘Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician,” Kurt Vonnegut once said, and comedy isn’t short of examples, from Ricky Gervais playing as David Brent with Foregone Conclusion to Jack Black’s Tenacious D and the Mighty Boosh’s heavy Camden shtick.

For something more subtle, try The Lost Disc, in which mild-mannered Perrier award winner Will Adamsdale shapeshifts into Roger LeFevre (a folk troubadour), Tony Noel (a jazz crooner who sings Christmas songs year-round) and AP Williams (a country singer). In The Lost Disc, fictional former 6 Music DJ Stu Morecambe is on the hunt for an apocryphal bootleg of a performance by LeFevre, Noel and Williams at Glastonbury 1985.

The Lost Disc is essentially two shows in one, then – something which ultimately undermines its various delights. The bulk of it is devoted to the three musicians, with Adamsdale superb as he twists himself with minimal exertion into effectively mimicking Dylan and Donovan, then Tony Bennett and finally Johnny Cash. With each performer, we are sent down a backstory rabbit hole, partly for the sake of pure adventure but also to shore up the over-engineered narrative. The original songs – written by Adamsdale, Ed Gaughan and Chris Branch and performed on stage alongside the London Snorkelling Team – are mightily impressive and bring some warmth to this tall tale. And as well as Adamsdale’s discreet style of star quality, the supporting cast is excellent, notably the versatile Gaughan.

The Lost Disc is at Soho theatre, London, until 27 October.

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Tenacious D channel Bob Ross as Jack Black teaches us how to draw Kyle Gass

Jack Black’s is starring in a few movies at the moment – The House with a Clock In Its Walls… MORE

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“Weird Al” is in the new Weezer video, which is a cover of Toto and a remake of Weezer

It’s a pop culture meta-inception… Just follow us for a second here, a few months back Weezer released a cover… MORE

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Tenacious D announce “Post-Apocalypto” animated web series and new album

Tenacious D has been rumbling about a new album for a while and this week they made it official, Jack… MORE

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Tenacious D announce “Post-Apocalypto” animated web series and new album

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Episode #223: Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz won Comedy Central’s first-ever Emmy Award for his critically-acclaimed animated series, Dr. Katz, in the mid-1990s. He followed that up with a Peabody Award in 1998. Twenty years later, he’s entertaining us anew with therapy sessions with his famous funny friends in a brand-new Dr. Katz: The Audiobook, for Amazon’s Audible. But before […]

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The Aquabats! are back

“There’s some really lame stuff going on. And we need people to take themselves less seriously.” The Aquabats! are all… MORE

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Love Songs review – comedy in the key of life

Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh
Endearing storytelling carries the day in Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s show, combining standup, poetry and rap

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s flyers call her Edinburgh fringe debut a “one-woman spoken-word and rap show” but Love Songs, tucked into the corner of Underbelly at Cowgate, comes across more like standup comedy. For most of the show, Jeun Yi bounces with endearing energy from anecdote to anecdote, all loosely connected to the theme of love.

With only occasional music and props kept to a minimum, it’s the storytelling that carries the piece. We hear how her parents met at university, the love lessons she learned watching soap operas in Hong Kong, and how her mixed-race Chinese and white heritage plays into the way her womanhood is viewed by the world. The sharp observations inspire genuine laughs. One, about fancying someone with a minimal triangle wrist tattoo – “it says so much whilst saying so little!” – is a reminder millennials can really nail our own self-ridicule.

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