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Ant Dewson – Now That’s What I Call Musical Comedy (Antdewson.co.uk / Free Festival)

By | Published on Saturday 3 August 2013

The tiny room – smallest in the Fringe, apparently – was packed with punters; no mean feat considering the competition. Musical comedy is always risky, but Dewson’s songs are genuinely funny, and often very clever in their wordplay and construction. Catchy tunes with innocent melodies lead to filthy final punch lines, which land perfectly almost every time. Dewson notes the weakness of his act – the banter between the songs – but acknowledging that is not enough. He seems charming enough; with some polish he could be really good, but the show is a little uneven and patchy. If he couldn’t overcome the British audience’s reluctance to sing and dance, he did at least leave everyone with a smile on their face.

Laughing Horse & The Free Sisters, until 25 Aug (not 13), 7.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]