There’s a lot of musical comedy in this world. I remember watching Bo Burnham when he was a skinny, gangly boy (well, ganglier than he is now) on Youtube, and Australia has the likes of Tripod and Axis of Awesome, both musical comedy legends.
What I’m saying is that there’s a high bar for musical comedy these days. Matt Kilpa comes to the Comedy Festival with a song in his heart and a guitar in his hands, but although he’s perfectly fine – he’s amusing enough, he puts together some fun rhymes and he can hold a tune – there’s nothing in Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce that is particularly spectacular.
That’s not to say he’s not good. There are plenty of genuine laughs from the audience during his set. He’s got a few fun songs, including one on Captain Planet (who wants to be power of heart?) and one about science – can you tell he’s a scientist? – and it’s clear that he’s done a lot of work on them. However, there isn’t that much that really stands out about the show, especially because there really isn’t a strong theme tying it together. I’d like to see him delve deeper in the song-writing process, instead of skimming the surface of what he’s writing about.
There’s potential there, if he can move past the nerdy white dude schtick and dig deeper.
Matt Kilpa’s Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce is on at 1000 Pound Bend until 23 April. Tickets are available online or at the door.