Rob Deering and his funky electric guitar are joined onstage by James Acaster, Mark Smith, Ben Norris and Carly Smallman. An evening of mash-ups, medleys and music trivia, the guests battle it out to win the quiz and to be crowned musical geniuses. An action packed and chaotic night with five very funny comedians on stage, Beat This will have you tapping away and singing along.
Deering is immediately likeable, breaking the ice with a rather terrible Guns N’ Roses rendition, or ‘Sour Child of Mine’ as he calls it. His musical ability, combined with witty jokes and one-liners proves that he is a force to be reckoned with. With his range of technical kit, including a loop pedal, Deering displays that he is genuinely a talented musician and knows how to put together a song. With his ability to layer up a tune he can create the likes of Bob Dylan and AC/DC. Asking the crowd to give him suggestions, Deering is not fazed by any songs that come his way, no matter how obscure; it is very impressive indeed.
After Deering teaches the audience his theme tune for the show, the musical quiz commences. Only Deering can mash-up Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ with The Cure’s ‘Closer to Me’ and create something recognisable. On one team, the rather endearing and charming James Acaster is paired with the bubbly and over-excited Carly Smallman whilst on the other, the ‘lady’s boy’ Mark Smith is paired with the slightly socially awkward Ben Norris. All four comedians ensure that the evening is laid back and relaxed as they bounce off each other comfortably. With five very funny individuals on stage, naturally, the show has the audience in stitches. In particular, Smallman’s chastisement of the increasingly fearful Acaster is hilarious.
Rob Deering: Beat This is a highly entertaining show jam-packed with musical comedy that is guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter.