6 Times Brett Domino nailed modern life

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YouTuber Brett Domino writes songs about any number of things, and in doing so has put the obscurities and annoyances of modern life into his funny little ditties. Here’s 6 times he summed up our tech driven lives in his unique awkward manner…

That’s his day

Looking at screens, really that’s all our days.

Parents on Facebook

The invasion began a long time ago now, but most parents are still clueless.

Blue shell blues

The pain… it cuts deep.

TV dramas

This one hits home for me. Leave me alone Penelope, I don’t care about The Breaking Dead!

Everybody On The Internet’s an Idiot

Yeah, he’s probably right.

Reaction video

Finally someone’s pointed out how ludicrous the craze in reaction videos is.

 

As well as these videos Brett Domino along with Steven Peavis form The Brett Domino Trio, posting original songs like the ones above as well as covers of popular songs and video blogs. They’re currently tying to raise funds on Kickstarter with the view of producing an album. For more information go straight to their Kickstarter campaign or see my earlier blog post about it.

 

The Brett Domino Trio launch Kickstarter campaign

The Brett Domino Trio are a duo. They used to be a trio but surviving members Brett Domino and Steven Peavis retained the name after losing Mitch Hutchinson. They’re musicians and bloggers posting their hilarious content on YouTube. They make music funny, covering a range of songs as well as creating originals in their distinctive awkward manner. Here’s their channel trailer.

They’re planning on making an album but need help to do so. Launching a kickstarter campaign, they’re aiming to raise £10,000, offering incentives just like any other crowd funding project . Here they are to tell you all about it.

I’ve followed them for a good few years now, and I really hope they raise the money. They appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, getting through the first round but failing to make the live show, but were however drafted into the role of house band on ITV2’s Britain’s Got More Talent, so it went fairly well for the fledgling band.

Since then they have built up a huge catalogue of songs and blogs, boasting upwards of 170,000 subscribers. The pair have developed their nerdy characters around the premise that being bad at something and messing up is funny, but it’s far more subtle than that, using facial expressions, awkaward silences and superb editing. Their comic timing is excellent, so too their music, which is often clouded by the comedy.

I fully recommend checking their YouTube page out, and if you like what you see, which you certainly will, then pledge a couple of quid to their campaign here. After all, their stuff on YouTube is free.

 

Stephen Bailey: Should’ve been a popstar

[First published on Quays News 17/03/16] CdqLGpCWEAAuRWa

UP-AND-COMING comedian Stephen Bailey performed his stand up showShould’ve been a popstar’ to a sold out crowd in the Lowry’s studio. I was in the audience to see the young comic…

Taking a break from supporting popular Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, Stephen Bailey performed his Edinburgh Fringe show to his native Manchester crowd. He’s camp and unapologetically naughty, and doesn’t withhold anything in a show that would traumatise those clinging on to any conservative views.

Bailey’s cheeky demeanour, complete with a bow tie, is immediately obvious. He starts by asking the guys and then the girls to give him a shout, as well as questioning whether there were any gays in, each time following the jeers with a neat little joke. Bailey continues to throw questions at the audience throughout the show to help him shift between topics. The audience involvement helped to warm up the room at the start, but did become tiresome as the show progressed.

 

Interaction with individuals in the audience is also a regular feature of the show and, in the relatively small space, worked well to produce some great unique moments to the night. First he spoke to a guy he’d met at a previous gig, but Bailey had no interest in idle chit-chat, jumping straight to outright flirting. Revisiting him throughout the show, the flirting continued, ending in an odd finish in which the audience member was bearing his bare torso on stage. I think it is safe to say this split the audience somewhat – I certainly wasn’t the one wolf whistling.

Before that however, there was more fun to be had with the front row. Bailey went on to mistake a mother and son for a couple, the results were hilariously awkward and highlighted the beauty of spontaneous comedy.

Despite large chunks of the show consisting of improvisation, there is also some strong prepared material. Bailey states that the show revolves around confidence, taking us through his time at school and how, despite his curly ginger hair and speech impediments, he has blossomed into a confident performer, which is undoubted.

He draws musings and anecdotes from family, with the story of him coming out as well as constantly poking fun at his mum. The jokes are funny, but made more so with the revelation that his mum was in the audience that particular night. Bailey also had more audience support with some of his friends enjoying the show. Unsurprisingly he chose to pick on them, one girl becoming the butt of a joke about entering a date’s house rather inappropriately.

Dating and relationships are other subjects tackled in the show. Bailey, trying his luck with internet dating, reveals funny messages he’d received through various dating apps. His ex is also brought up, as he discusses angry texts he’d sent. Nothing is ground breaking, but his charm brings material to life, creating rolling laughter.

Bailey’s persona is unmistakably camp, but unique enough as not to encourage comparisons with fellow comedians that also base their performance on their homosexuality. He creates a buzz whilst on stage, with the energy allowing his jokes to evoke cascades of laughter. However, the rhythm of performance is not distinct enough, with Bailey sometimes talking over the laughter and never really building up to a final punchline for his anecdotes or jokes.

Bailey’s show certainly splits opinion. Smutty, rude, perhaps inappropriate, but that is irrelevant because his jokes, with his delivery, result in hilarity for the duration of his hour set. He pushes the boundaries, the humour created from the taboo nature of his material. If you want to be shocked into laughing, then Stephen Bailey will have you in stitches with nothing but a nonchalant comment on something far too crude to publish here.

4

 

Review: Mark Thomas – Trespass

[First published on Quays News 12/05/16]

COMEDIAN and political activist Mark Thomas performed his latest show Trespass at the Lowry theatre this week and had an extra surprise for the audience, as afterwards he took everyone outside to rebel against the recent public order placed on Salford Quays.

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In his latest tour comedian, activist and journalist Thomas yet again reveals his gutsy determination to showing utter disregard to any rule he sees as unjust, unfair or simply stupid. During the show he didn’t just talk about his many stunts but actually performed one, inviting his audience to join him in protest against the council’s decision to impose a public order banning swearing in Salford Quays.

Before the humorous rebellion however, Thomas performs both halves of a tightly packed two hour show. He warns of his foul mouth before starting, then declaring his political stance including his adoration for Jeremy Corbyn. A brutal but hilarious attack on the Prime Minister then follows. Coming out so strong, Thomas revs up the audience early, receiving back to back laughter and setting the tone for the rest of the show.

Thomas goes on to list things he takes issue with, giving the audience a clear picture of his social views that involve love of the city, disregard for big business, hate of the countryside and a scathing view of estate agents. And lo and behold, an estate agent was in the front row, but Thomas was never going to back track, advising the audience member to ‘get a proper job’.

As the interval approached Thomas hinted at the stunt that would later ensue, as well as declaring that he’d had little badges made for every audience member, reading  f*** the swearing ban, again a little protest to the council’s ban on foul language.

The second half featured Thomas proudly brandishing his latest book which was based on his previous tour 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. Prior to his old tour he’d pledged to commit one hundred small acts of rebellion against councils, the government, large corporations, political parties and virtually any unjust authority figure. The examples picked from the book were brought to life by Thomas through a range of voices and impressions. His enthusiasm for activism was evident.

As Thomas walked us through more of his stunts, he made use of a screen behind him, putting up photos of his antics. His protests are simple, but always funny, and bring to light some important issues. Protests against bans on the homeless sleeping rough is an incredibly worthy cause, but then again a ban on writing on the pavement in chalk may not be as much as a social discrepancy. However, rebelling by covering a whole street in the words ‘I must not chalk the pavement’, hilarious.

With his material so unique, Thomas’ stand up is refreshing. His performance really brings his activism to life. At times his delivery is almost poetic as he articulates his anecdotes with a dramatic intensity. There is never energy lacking in the show, with Thomas moving ideas on quickly as he reals off his material at a rapid rate.

The highlight of the show was saved until the end. With the council’s recent ban on use of foul language at Salford Quays, it was the perfect scenario for one of Thomas’ stunts. Before heading outside Thomas reeled off a list of 450 swear words to huge laughter. Then, with the help of the Yorkshire based Commoners Choir, he sang swear words to the tune of Frere Jacques. A large swear box had been built with Thomas calling for donations that would aim to cover the costs of the first person that would be fined. It was a typical act of Mark Thomas rebellion that had everyone in stitches.

The show is an inspirational mix of anecdotes and rants that are always topped with a clever quip. Thomas’ performance is wholehearted and never lacking in effort. Thomas really does recognise that comedy is a two way process with the audience and encourages them to get involved in his stunts. He leaves his audience feeling empowered as well as amused.

4

The Two Ronnies’ top 10 sketches

Ronnie Corbett, best known for his work alongside Ronnie Barker, was a pioneering comedian and actor. His partnership with Barker resulted in the greatest ever sketch show, The Two Ronnies, which aired in the 70s and 80s, running for 12 series. It lead the way for shows of the same style such as Armstrong and Miller as well as The Mitchell and Webb Look and offered a more sophisticated type of humour as a contrast to Monty Python. Here’s my top 10 out of what is a huge catalogue of hilarious sketches.

10 – Crossword

The beauty of this little skit is the ending. The ending of a sketch can make or break it and the final line is the crux of this sketch. To be honest anything with a nun is funny.

 

9 – Dr Death

A simple idea but made great by the perfect execution.

 

8 – Bald man at a party

Accidentally mentioning a taboo subject is not an original idea but it is done well here thanks to some superb acting.

 

7 – Swedish made easy

A great piece of observational humour starts this sketch off, with the writing taking it to the next level.

 

6 – Crossed lines

Another clever concept made funnier with the balance of inuendo and obsurdity.

 

5 – Mastermind

The idea of this sketch is perfect to just lay the jokes on, and the steely faced acting adds to the humour.

 

4 – You can say that again

Barker and Corbett’s comedy chemistry is highlighted in this sketch, it’s one of those that couldn’t be performed by anyone else.

 

3 – Name droppers

The writing here is superb, and the quick delivery makes it one of my favourites.

 

2 – Round of drinks

Drunk acting is renownd for being difficult, but here Barker shows off his skill by delivering jumbled up lines with great humour.

 

1 – Four Candles

A classic. Not just the best Two Ronnies’ sketch but the greatest of all time.

 

Goodbye Ronnie