Matt Kilpa’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival show starts with an introduction song which instantly makes us think of the Mighty Boosh, and it’s a great way to describe Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce, sort of inspired by Flight of the Conchords, throw in a touch of the Boosh-style quirky delivery – and mix it with some cool, original material, for 45 minutes of laughs. One man, a guitar, and a bunch of funny songs.
Matt’s debut solo show show is pretty fast paced, the songs are nice and short, just long enough to be punchy, but not too long that the audience drifts off, as he very easily moves to the next subject matter.
Our personal favourites were the initial workings of his ‘Captain Planet the Musical’ project, where everyone knows that Planeteer Ma’Ti has the lamest power – the power of heart, a topic that any kid that grew up in the 90’s knows about, a parody set to the Dolly Parton classic, Jolene (about a certain red-haired politician), and a song about cheating… but absolutely not in the way that you would imagine.
Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce is on at the 1000 £ Bend until the end of the festival, which runs back to back performances of several comedians. It’s a great and affordable way to see a bunch of performers in one night.
Matt has a dry sort of humour, quick witted, but personable. His show is fun, engaging, and had us cackling for most of the performance, get along and see for yourself . 4-stars.
P.S – We’re loving the key theme throughout this year’s festival, which is the support of Marriage Equality, big ups to Matt, and the rest of the MICF performers who are standing up in support of this cause in their shows.
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street
When: Until 23 April
More information & tickets: Check out the MICF website.