Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman has been a regular Fringe success for several years and it’s easy to see why. Back again at Pleasance Grand with One Album Per Hour, his unique brand of improvisational, musical, beatboxing comedy is as astonishing as ever.

An accomplished all-round performer and the ultimate variety act, Beardyman is a definite must-see.

Before the show audience members are invited to write down song title suggestions, which are then filtered by the backstage team and later plucked from a hat onstage to form the basis of each track. Genres are yelled out from the audience and often combined to form weird and wonderful combinations. The former UK Beatbox champion, aided by his trusty Beardytron 5000, loops and distorts his beats and sounds to create everything from techno ballet to political psy-trance to a reggae garage track about narwhals. Beardyman is clearly a master of every genre and the speed at which he is able to come up with ideas for music and lyrics is remarkable. His charisma and stage banter are also excellent, with a few impromptu impressions thrown in for good measure. Some of the topics provided are a tad unconventional, yet still he manages to pull them off, even making a song about the Israeli military funny, hypnotic and downright beautiful.

Beardyman has such an array of talents that if he wanted to he could be successful just as a musician, comedian or even impressionist, however it is his ability to combine these things that makes him so entertaining and unique. He is the kind of person that you wish you could spend an hour inside his mind to experience the ridiculous speed of his thoughts; for the foreseeable future One Album Per Hour is the closest we’ll get. An accomplished all-round performer and the ultimate variety act, Beardyman is a definite must-see.

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Total sell-out 2013 and 2014. Travelling at the speed of thought in his music production spaceship, the world-class multi award-winning musician and comedian transcends mere mimicry to produce studio quality compositions faster than most could imagine them. The vocal shaman emits and manipulates any conceivable sound with a manic wit that will have you rocking with laughter and shaking your tail feather as a whole album is created live, based on your suggestions. 'An hour of dazzling skill ... The bar for improv has been raised' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Breathtakingly talented' (Time Out).