COMEDY FESTIVAL REVIEW: Mitch Benn at The Musician, Leicester, February 8
Richard III joke watch starts here.
When Mitch Benn asks for topics to write a song about during the break in his show, there's only one story in town.
"Richard III" yell the crowd as one.
Pressed for a second thing to mention, they settle on "horsemeat lasagne".
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For Mitch, it's easy pickings: "When I said my kingdom for a horse/I meant one to ride upon/Not to dine upon."
Mitch does this clever lyrics stuff in his sleep, effortlessly switching between a country and western tale of spontaneous combustion through to Macbeth in the style of Eminem without missing a beat. It's scary how quickly he can do these.
His eyes lit up when the audience laughs at a Total Recall reference: "That's the biggest laugh I've ever had with that gag; sci fan fans??"
Turns out Mitch is a bit of a fan, and the grumpy Dalek impression was brilliant, as was the Star Wars improv using a beer glass to get that authentic Darth Vader sound.
It's a show of two halves. The first is edgier, packed with rants, political and personal. Clever, thought-provoking and my favourite bit. There's no band: it's him, his iPhone and a groovy app which loops samples to be the backing band. Impressive but a bit difficult to make anything out if you're at the back.
The second half of the show was devoted to something of a "greatest hits" of his prolific back catalogue, most of which you've probably heard if you're a fan of Radio 4's Now show.
The audience here clearly were, clapping and singing along late into the night.