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Matt Kilpa delivers a witty brand of music parody in 'Songs In The Key Of Awesomesauce'

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Musical comedy is a challenging genre for any comedian to attempt to operate in, not only do you have to be funny, but you have the added task of having to be simultaneously musically interesting.
 
With his show Songs In The Key Of Awesomesauce, Matt Kilpa took on this daunting task with confidence and wit, intelligently placing the focus of the show on its most unique and interesting component – himself.
 
Being a one-man show to the point that he was actually directing people to seats and finding extra chairs as we shuffled in, what carried the performance throughout its 45 minute duration was his congenial personality. Even when singing songs about bestiality, his nerdiness and self-conscious stage manner made him an endearing figure, and all the funnier for it.
 
Indeed, Kilpa was perhaps at his best when embracing his bookishness rather than trying to shock. One particular song about being a research scientist, which presumably is true, stood out as being particularly original, and one suspects there were a few colleagues in the audience who empathised with the sentiments of Publish or Die.
 
Several of the songs were musical parodies, including a take on Rihanna's Umbrella except about salmonella, and a dig at One Nation, singing Pauline over a famous Dolly Parton melody.
 
The music itself was used as a basis for telling jokes, rather than any real focus being put on the musicality of the songs themselves. This added a level of difficulty to Kilpa's task, as the jokes had to really deliver.
 
Other acts such as the Flight of the Conchords, to make an obvious comparison, have the comparative complexity of their songwriting to hide behind, whereas Kilpa was content to strum a few chords, and any effort to sing more in key might have been at the sake of emphasising punch lines.
Through all of this, even though some jokes didn't land big laughs, Kilpa’s ability to poke fun at himself and deliver a few wry asides made for an enjoyable and entertaining performance.
 
By Alex Watts