Frisky & Mannish's PopLab

For those who don’t know, Frisky & Mannish are Fringe royalty. They’re a well-known Fringe success story with a series of hit shows in Edinburgh. Only taking the occasional year off from the Fringe to tour the world, record some excellent albums and create a fantastic and funny podcast. They’re back celebrating the 10th anniversary of their first explosively successful show where, after educating us on the complexities and often the ridiculousness of pop; it’s time to turn a more scientific eye on the songs we love and those we profess to hate.

Frisky & Mannish are the masters of the mash-up

After a banging opening, we receive a quick safety induction. A PopLab can be a dangerous place. Our hosts check that there’s enough enthusiasm, pop knowledge and talent in the audience for the serious business of saving the world. Frisky & Mannish need to find a cure for the Tropical House Virus that is plaguing the pop world, adding a funky Latin beat to the charts.

Frisky & Mannish are the masters of the mash-up and their medley-making skills are as on-point as ever. Current chart mixes with disco and guilty pleasures get a trip-hop makeover, in a fabulous interactive section that showcases the true talent of these two performers. They have the ability to make you reassess a familiar song and can even make you quite enjoy songs that are objectively bad. There’s a true love of music here and these guys just want to share it with the world.

Whether you know your Sheeran from your Shakira is irrelevant to your enjoyment of this show. In fact, you might even discover a few new chart-toppers to add to your playlist but they’ll never be performed as well as they were in the PopLab. It’s a scientific certainty.

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Ten years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever. Shameless Edinburgh Fringe sell-outs since 2009. International jet-setters from Shepherd's Bush Empire to Sydney Opera House. Adelaide and Brighton prize winners. Featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Three. And they have a podcast, obvs.

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