Venue: Just The Tonic at the Caves
25 August 2011 WOS Rating: Don’t be misled – Matt Tiller comes with a guitar, but the show’s name is otherwise completely unrelated. As he explains, the Fringe print deadline came and went before he’d come up with a comedy concept. It could, however, be said that he’s duetting with George Osborne, so tight is the Chancellor’s grip around the show as the butt of Tiller’s antipathy towards wealthy, right wing, ex-Bullingdon Conservatives.
Though Tiller is sparky and engaging, and the premise of the show (kidnapping George Osborne) is imaginative, it’s ultimately stifled by the chip on his shoulder. It does feel like it was conceived in a hurry, as Festival deadlines loomed. The breadth of material is narrow, and many of his songs sound remarkably similar. That’s not to say his show is joke-free, or dull. He makes great use of film, amusing use of slides, and the surreal plot is genuinely entertaining. But there’s an over-fondness for and over-reliance on calling senior members of the cabinet “bellends”, which, while funny once, gets repetitive.
Ultimately his self-confessedly “simplistic” politics prevent this show from being more than promising-in-parts, and occasionally make the audience feel somewhat like they’re cornered at a party, being talked at.
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Score Comment Date Matt Tiller is a typical reactionary. If he didn't like it at Oxford then he could always have dropped out and gone to a Polyversity or tried working for a living. This man is pushing 40 and is still playing with the idea of being a trendy, liberal, fun kind of a guy, when in fact in person he is ruthless, self-centred and has no standards or care for other people. I was taken in by the trendy easy-going act for a little while until I saw his real personality. The TV he produces is rubbish, can't even follow 'Two Pints' with anything as 'good'. Anybody who really knows what he is like could not bear to sit through one of his dreadful shows. - Giles 24 Feb 13
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