Bullett and Gunn's Massive Pop Explosion
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Brought up on the tough backstreets of downtown urban ghetto,
Torquay, Devon (The English Riviera), Matthew Alford and Brett Morton - aka 'Bullett and Gunn' - found the only way to express
their disillusionment with the mayhem that surrounded them was
through the underground art-form of acoustic-based comedy songs.
This show is the culmination of years of angst, cultural deprivation,
and cream teas.
Though advertised at an hour, Buullett and Gunn have just a 30-minute slot, which they then decide to split their show 20-10 with another new stand-up, leaving their first Edinburgh 'show' to be basically the same twenty minutes they've been opening on the club circuit with for the past year.
The guys bring a typical brand of musical comedy to the table, opening with a parody of Avril Lavigne's Skater Boi, before moving onto a deconstruction of the comedy song. The 'write a comedy song about how comedy songs work' routine is becoming par for the course these days, with both Mitch Benn and Isy Suttie having similar pieces, though there's a rather clever turnaround at one point which raises a smile.
From here we're treated to an Elton John parody, some new goth-rock songs, and a power ballad: few last more than a minute, and so none outstay their welcome. The power ballad also cleverly contains a callback to an earlier song, which generates one of their biggest laughs.
While the songs are fairly strong if run-of-the-mill, the banter between them is weaker. Their set - to call it a show would be overambitious - ends with an attempt at audience participation that falls mostly flat on a fairly apathetic crowd.