12 – 29 August (not 17)
Frisky & Mannish exploded onto the scene last year with their hilariously enjoyable School of Pop (reprised, for one night only at the Udderbelly on Aug 12).
This year, the talented tutors return, now having graduated from 2009’s fresher year with another clever, uproarious and skillful show – The College Years.
Their sophomore season is – if anything – bigger, brassier and funnier than ever before. Felicity Frisky-Mannish exercises her superb vocal talents beside the deadpan delivery and talented ivory-tickling of Hansel Mannish. The show dwells on two academic subjects – ‘collision theory’, where the pair perform some genuinely side-splitting pop mashups; and pointing out then correcting the finer points of grammar usage.
We’re therefore treated to Frisky’s uncannily accurate portrayal of Florence (with Mannish taking on The Machine duties) as the artist’s true ‘inspirations’ are laid bare before us; or some of those ill-educated R&B fellows having their tortured use of the English language strictly put right.
Some of the routines return from their schooldays – but are welcome graduates, specifically the hilarious collaboration between Lily Allen and Noel Coward. And it is testament to the comic and musical skills of the pair that the show seems to speed past in the same amount of time as one of the three-minute pop songs they so accurately and mercilessly spoof.
Frisky & Mannish are now well-deserved stars of the Fringe. The College Years shows them to be at the height of their poptastic powers, and it is an easy show to recommend to anyone seeking clever comedy and strong musical talent.
So, pull up a desk, get your head down and let Frisky & Mannish give you a resoundingly entertaining and elucidating education.
Ticket information is available on the Underbelly website
Review by Keith D