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Comic piano-playing duo formerly known as Katzenjammer
Worbey and Farrell Ė Well Strung!
I thought I was unfamiliar with their work but this duo made me feel like I was trapped at my nanís on a vinyl sofa watching Opportunity Knocks in 1971.† Steve Worbey has the wet demeanour of Private Pike and Kevin Farrell looks like a young Ray Barraclough.† They can both play piano like demons, but Iíd rather hear them play individually and seriously than sit through this cruise ship entertainment †thatís run aground at Edinburgh.
In a year that Iíve found determinedly middle-of-the-road in comedy terms, this really takes the Rich Tea.† It perhaps shouldnít be listed in comedy, but cabaret or music Ė or ennui because their lamentable banter and cheesiness would get any bona fide comedian an absolute kicking, but the musical ability, no matter how misplaced, is undeniable.
I must point out that the audience was very respectful, clapped along, joined in on cue and shouted, meekly, †for an encore, so itís just me that was tortured by the squandered talent.
Iím not sure how you can have a hack musical performance but this was it. Yes, professional, yes, entertaining-if-you-like-that-sortĖof thing, but it was just camp old nonsense without any exuberance or genuine spark, more damp than camp.
They take a range of easy listening tunes and gentle classics and give them the four hands, one piano treatment, which makes it sound like the keyboardís being played vigorously and† smashed with a childís brick at the same time.† They very modestly describe themselves as pub pianists, purveyors of background music, and they are stupendous at that, but when youíve got musical comedians like Tim Minchin, Rainer Hersch, musical comedy purveyors like Showstoppers, and determinedly cheesy Bob Downe, all setting standards for musical comedy, this really is low brow, low energy and unambitious.
I canít give it a low star rating, because their audience loved them, theyíre talented musicians who have trained, rehearsed, taken pains, dressed the stage, but itís comedy for the twilight home as far as Iím concerned, a slow throttling with a damp cardigan.
|Date of live review: Saturday 20th Aug, '11|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Wednesday 2nd Feb, '11- The Pheasantry
What a horrid and personal write up. Who is this woman and why is she allowed to be reviewing? They made everyone very happy indeed the other night. I should think she could only dream of such a thing.
Katzenjammer Are Bitter & Sweet!
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Worbey & Farrell: Well Strung