Jonny & the Baptists: Bigger Than Judas (Edinburgh Fringe)
The UK's 'hottest musical comedy group' returns with a brand new show, running at the Pleasance Dome
We might even change the world, suggests the ebullient Jonny Donahoe, who's like a cuddly Matt Lucas with bite and more hair. But they really do mean what they say, whether jumping into bed with UKIP for a "Farage a trois," standing up for soup, or diverting royal baby fervour into rejoicing once more (every Wednesday?) in Mrs Thatcher's memorial.
They sign off with a song about homosexuals not being allowed to give blood, recently banned by the BBC "because it promotes homosexuality." By then they've enjoined a chap in the front row to clear up his own beer spillage as a metaphor of industrial waste; wittily begged Scotland not to leave England in the lurch, ie with just Wales and Herefordshire for company; and got us all on our feet with a reprise of "God Exists."
Jonny's sidekick is a tall, gangly musician with a guitar who literally lets his hair down in a flaxen cascade at the end. They complement each other well and reveal the cleverness of their compilation in a summarising song that quotes all the others and redoubles their genuine claim to be frank, fresh, funny – and something completely different, even a contemporary Flanders and Swann.
Jonny & the Baptists: Bigger Than Judas continues at Pleasance Dome until 26 August (not 12)