Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship

When you sit down for a show named as ridiculously as Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship, you should be ready for the surreal. KBS, a show put on by Manchester comedian Fat Roland, certainly lives up to that billing.

Badger Spaceship is a seriously excellent piece of music-based comedy, and is a delight to sit through, but then again I would also say that there is nothing better in this world than a cheese and Marmite sandwich.

Badger Spaceship is a ridiculous, inane, stupendously silly romp through the depths of a very strange man’s head (that’s meant in the nicest possible way). The show is punctuated by superb audience interaction twinned with some excellent improvisation work – without doubt the highlight of the whole performance. Fat Roland’s deadpan inanity twinned with the often hilarious additions of sketches held up on cardboard (including a trip into the mouth of a robot) is superbly executed.

It’s hard to say whether it is a homage to electronic music or rather someone railing against it and everything the hipster-loving indie music industry of today loves, regardless of which side of the fence you fall, Fat Roland weaves in music references brilliantly, making this show a must-see for any fan of music. In addition, if you detest everything that comes with the word ‘hipster’, Badger Spaceship’s skit starring two elephants from the film Jumanji is a superb piece of (possibly unintentional) satire about the Indie industry.

Badger Spaceship does however fall short in a few aspects, the constant and unnecessary ‘amusing’ misspellings on the cards held up throughout the show feel mildly patronising, the messages from the various ‘helplines’ also fall flat, yet both are aspects of what can only be called Marmite comedy.

If you, like me, love the ridiculous, the inane and the downright silly you will love this show, if you like music on top of that you will be reluctant to leave. However, if you are expecting anything serious, or even vaguely resembling a coherent line of thought then that’s not what you will get. Badger Spaceship is a seriously excellent piece of music-based comedy, and is a delight to sit through, but then again I would also say that there is nothing better in this world than a cheese and Marmite sandwich. 

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The Blurb

A spoken-word comedy about one idiot’s battle with electronic music. Is it poetry or prop comedy or just a fat man with too many marker pens? Dominic Berry calls Fat Roland ‘bizarre, astounding, hilarious and truly unlike anyone else’, while the Big Issue in the North calls him ‘funny and highly entertaining’. Peirene Press says his writing is ‘touching, sharp, original and weird’. Judge for yourself in this Fringe debut from a prolific Manchester performer. And mind the badgers. No seriously: when the line dancing finishes, if they move onto the Macarena, we’re stuffed.