Mr B's Guide to Modern Life

Chap-hop, the hottest trend since hipster beard balm that makes your beard smell like woodsmoke and whisky, hits the Fringe this year in the form of Mr B’s Guide to Modern Life.

The songs were what I was most looking forward to in this hour of zany cabaret and they did not disappoint; slick, hilarious and with a catchy toe-tapping beat the audience were bopping along all night.

The songs were what I was most looking forward to in this hour of zany cabaret and they did not disappoint; slick, hilarious and with a catchy toe-tapping beat the audience were bopping along all night. Audience banter was top notch, especially during an extended section where Mr B stops to take a selfie with the audience whilst singing about taking selfies.

The show itself however could benefit from a bit more direction. The theme of a guide to modern life seems a somewhat unsecure peg upon which the musical material is hung and for large chunks of the show is either entirely forgotten or just irrelevant. The section where Mr B introduces his butler on stage comes a bit out of the blue, and from then on the butler seems to wander on and off stage at times with no clear purpose other than to stand in the background making strange hand movements. All in all, the show could have been a lot tighter.

It is an enjoyable hour of ridiculous, bizarre and hilarious cabaret which leaves the rhymes of Mr B bopping around in my head for hours afterwards. Definitely a fun show to catch if you’re in the mood for something a bit silly.

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The Blurb

Chap-hop superstar Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer returns to his Fringe home for another hour of jollity and education. Accompanied, as ever, by his trusty manservant Carshalton, this year Mr B instructs with aplomb and panache on how to cope with life in the modern world. This year’s important lessons include: how to fail in the proper fashion, the etiquette of drug dealing in an era of impending legalisation, how to be dumped gracefully, and how to ignore the coming apocalypse. That and a few old singalong numbers, of course.