Bullett and Gunn's Massive Pop Explosion

Note: This review is from 2006

Review by Steve Bennett


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.

Dean Love


Review date: 1 Jan 2006
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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