FRINGE REVIEW – Axis of Awesome


Until 30 August (not 18, 25)  1945 (2045) @ Gilded Balloon

The Australian trio of  Jordan, Lee and Benny return to the Edinburgh Fringe and bring you their Songs in the Key of Awesome.  Having sold out all over the world, these romedy gods (rock comedy) played to the enthusiastic crowd with a brand new hour of songs and silliness.

Axis of Awesome have been a rock band for forty years (so they tell us) and the lead vocalist is a dead ringer for Jack Black.  Opening with a song about lasers, the crowd immediately began cheering and whooping. The vocal harmonies are extremely complex and this was clearly demonstrated in the boy band parody which had the audience in stitches due to it’s 100% accuracy of key changes and ‘taking it to the bridge’.

They churned out song after song, each one completely different, with the time between songs filled with inter-band banter, mainly aimed at Benny being  a little shorter than average needing to shop in kids clothes departments.

Despite having seen Axis of Awesome play their finale of ‘Four Chords’ before, it just gets better every time you hear it and loved the inclusion of Tim Minchin’s Canvas Bags, a former Gilded Balloon performer himself.  The boys are cheered back on stage for an encore of the hilarious KFC song, which is one of the funniest of the evening.

The Australian musical comedy sensations have  returned to the Fringe with their phenomenal talent and this show does not disappoint.  Buy a ticket whilst you can.


Additional information

The Axis of Awesome website can be found here.

Axis of Awesome also do a late night show (0015) where they invite some friends to join their party hour.  Information and tickets here.

And if you can’t go to either of their shows, then don’t miss their awesome Four Chord song on youtube

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