Comedy review: Benny Davis – The Human Jukebox

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Benny Davis – The Human Jukebox at Gilded Balloon Teviot (venue 14), reviewed by Kate Copstick

Benny Davis is a real musical talent, so it is odd that he has chosen to reduce himself to the status dreaded by every talented musician I know – that of a lounge pianist.

The bulk of this show consists of the audience shouting out requests and Benny playing them. Yes, he plays them with as full an arrangement and as many effects as his keyboard and loop pedal allow, but he is still just doing requests.

In the manner of his brilliant Four Chords, he takes a few songs that use the same chord progressions and mashes them up now and again, which is smart, but says more about the paucity of imagination and talent in the music industry than anything else.

He tries to explain an “interrupted cadence” to the crowd but these are people who cheered the loudest when he played YMCA.

MORE INFO: Benny Davis – The Human Jukebox is at Gilded Balloon Teviot

Originally published in The Scotsman

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