Cabaret review: Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Can’t Stop, Shan’t Stop at Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a), reviewed by Claire Smith
Mr B is tremendously good at what he does. So if your idea of fun is to watch a silly posh man in a tweed suit playing hip hop on the banjo then please, knock yourselves out.
Musically he’s great. And there is a real love of hip hop, rap and reggae at the heart of his act. It’s extremely good-humoured too. Instead of bitches and hos, cribs and bling, Mr B’s songs are about well-cut jackets, moustaches, tea and lovely manners. He’s joined on stage by his butler, Carshalton, who is on hand to fold things, show off the merchandise and join in the dancing.
Mr B has the verbal dexterity and musical skill to pull it off – and it really is a great pastiche – but it just didn’t make me laugh. It seemed to be one joke, and I didn’t really find it funny.
However, Mr B clearly has a devoted following who sing along with his reworked gentrified versions of their favourite music.
You won’t see a better gentleman rapper. So if that’s what you’re after, this is for you.
MORE INFO: Mr B is at Voodoo Rooms
Originally published in The Scotsman