The Rudy Vees

These acoustic comedians return to the Henley Fringe with their assortment of quirky songs and music.

The songs have a light-hearted British tone discussing sex and making it titillating rather than provocative in a nudge nudge, wink wink manner.

Frontman Jonathan Kydd leads the quartet with gusto and high-octane energy whipping up the crowd to a frenzy of excitement. Clearly at home in his role he includes the audience and creates an environment in which to be entertained.

Accompanied by a solo guitarist and two melodic singers the quartet starts their cabaret style show in good form, encouraging the audience to be involved from the start. The songs have a light-hearted British tone discussing sex and making it titillating rather than provocative in a nudge nudge, wink wink manner.

The singers are nicely matched with their harmonies and vocal range and support Kydd well but could have a greater role in the proceedings.

The guitarist is skilled and stays out of the picture as far as the high jinks go, but enjoys the proceedings as much as anyone.

Audience participation is positively encouraged and even the meekest of audience members gets called upon to have-a-go in a very relaxed and supportive environment. It doesn’t matter what you do, as Kydd handles the room ably as emcee.

An hour of silliness and facile amusement that works best with a group of friends and a couple of drinks imbibed, its night-time slot works well for this show.

Whilst other troupes of this style may have sharper content, The Rudy Vees manage their audience well and entertain with their charm and charisma.

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The Blurb

The Rudy Vees (formerly ‘The Singing Dentists’) are back for their 7th year at Henley! With New Songs!

They are an acoustic comedy band with original music fronted by actor Jonathan Kydd who this year has been in Radio4′s huge hit Cabin Pressure, regular characters in animations Mr Bean & Warren United, a Pixar feature film, Holby City & film4 voice overs! The band’s MD is Radio 3 music presenter Sandy Burnett.

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