As you may have gathered, I’m not really a big fan of comedy acts. I’m much more drawn to the world music, dark cabaret, neo-burlesque and experimental theatre stuff. Perhaps that means I’m a miserable ponce, but there you have it.
However, there are notable exceptions. Frisky & Mannish’s School of Pop is most definitely one. Frisky (that is her name) and Mannish strut, preen and pose on stage like Lou Reed and Hazel O’Connnor’s illegitimate offspring, performing one hilarious spoof pop song after another that has a delighted audience hollering and cheering from the start.
In a fabulous conceit, Headmistress Frisky leads the class / audience through a typical school day, whilst Mannish accompanies her on keyboard. We’re first all encouraged to join in with the school song and then treated to such delights as Lily Allen singing Noel Coward, scarily-obsessed love songs dedicated to audience members and more clever throwaway lines than you could ever hope to pick up in one viewing.
Frisky & Mannish were born to perform, not only having obviously studied hard in music class, but having some wonderful facial expressions and perfectly-timed deadpan delivery. In fact, their School of Pop may actually have re-educated me a little…
(Actually, after last night’s show, Frisky & Mannish were off, resplendent in their silver-basqued and shiny trousered finery, to perform at Ministry Of Burlesque’s High Tease, so they still slot neatly into my genres of choice.)
Frisky & Mannish’s School of Pop runs until August 30th (not 18th) at the Underbelly. £10.50 (£9.50 concession)