Edinburgh Fringe 2010
It really shouldn’t work – not more than once, anyway, and certainly not for a sophomore effort. Taking different types of music and fusing them together feels like it should be a single, easily tired joke – particularly since a certain TV show made a killing from so-called ‘mash-up’s. That it doesn’t fail is entirely down to the smart intelligence of the performers, their lack of complacence (even the ‘easy’ jokes are smart), and their obvious and genuine love for the genre and performers they’re spoofing.
Rattling through as many songs and styles of music as an ipod shuffle with an attention deficit disorder, this pair of supremely talented performers have set up the idea of teaching their audiences about the songs they play, and the artists who have made them famous. This started out in their ‘School Of Pop’, and continues to great effect with the ‘College Years’ – complete with a cute gag as to why this year’s show is so-named.