Digital Raven (digitalraven) wrote in edinfestivals,
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Amateur Transplants - In Theatre (5/5)

Amateur Transplants - In Theatre
Negociants/Medina, 19:00 and 21:00


Let me be perfectly honest: I'm a big fan of the Amateur Transplants, have been since they cropped up in the b3ta newsletter back in 2005. They're pretty much the archetype of musical comedy, two guys who trained as doctors with a piano. This shows through in their sense of humour, influenced as it is by Tom Lehrer. As with Mr. Lehrer, Adam and Suman's muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste.

One moment, Adam's twisting Lady Gaga's Poker Face into a comedy song about making a cup of tea. The next, he's grabbed a trombone to back up Suman's description of his digestive discomfort when watching an Abba-themed film, then a sudden diversion into an audience-powered piss-take of Hallelujah. In addition to some fantastic new material, classics London Underground and Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin send the show off on a guaranteed high.

Some songs push the boundaries, though the two classic offenders--Northern Girls and The Beautiful Song--aren't on the playlist this time around. Most of the songs hinge on some combination of terrible puns, foul language, and what my wife informs me is properly termed 'toilet humour' (I was going to say 'knob gags'). I cannot say enough good things about the Amateur Transplants. Let go of your pretentions, let go of any sense of good taste or good sense, and go experience two master comedians making you laugh yourself sick.
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