BEST friends Harry and Chris made their Edinburgh Fringe debut last year under the spoken word category but this year, they’re firmly in the comedy section of the brochure.
This Flight of the Conchords-esque duo mix their talents as a poet (Harry) and musician (Chris) into a wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay.
From their number about Chris’s reaction to Harry converting to vegetarianism, to a locally relevant tune about Edinburgh Zoo’s panda looking for love, their enthusiasm shines through in every rhyme and punchline (punchrhymes, perhaps?)
They even squeezed in an ode to Robot Wars legend Sir Killalot, which proved to be remarkably touching for a song about the classic TV show’s fearsome enforcer.
The pair have been pals since primary school, and their chemistry is obvious on stage.
A highlight is Harry proving his skills as a freestyler with an impressive rap verse based on the crowd shouting out professions for him to test his off-the-cuff rhyming.
The way he dealt with ‘White House Director of Communications’ and everything else thrown at him was simply excellent!
Professional jazz musician Chris provides the accompaniment on guitar and his own brilliant, soulful singing voice throughout.
The duo look as if they’re having as much fun as the audience, which is quite something when you consider it’s approaching the end of a long run of daily shows at the festival.
Even when a baby in the crowd started voicing some displeasure mid-show, they played it off so seamlessly that the infant could’ve been an audience plant.
All in all it’s a fun show for all ages, and the perfect way to fill an afternoon hour.
Harry and Chris’ family friendly set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the day.
Expect big things in the future from this magnificent duo.
To paraphrase their final song, they’re a flippin’ ten!
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until Aug 26, 2:20pm