It seems that every year I discover one great comedy act whilst watching the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. Last year, it was Sam Simmons. This year, it was Dead Cat Bounce. Unfortunately, I’m not in Melbourne this year to see their show “Caged Heat,” but luckily the comedy band have a YouTube channel filled with high-quality videos of some of their funniest songs.
Dead Cat Bounce are an Irish musical comedy foursome. They do everything that makes for good musical comedy – their songs are properly funny (not just one gag repeated over and over for three minutes), they are excellent musicians (many musical comedians consider themselves to be sub-par musicians, ex Tim Minchin), and they have great stage presence and clearly rehearse the hell out of their shows.
Their songs hit on a variety of topics – as is common if not inherent in musical comedy – including man-love, midgets, moustaches, and awkward sexual encounters. Genres are varied as well, ranging from 80s rock anthems to hip hop.
They’ve only been around for about 3 years, but they’ve already played many of the world’s biggest comedy festivals, including Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Just for Laughs in Montreal. Look for their popularity to explode in the next couple of years.
Dead Cat Bounce are so good because their songs are so well thought-out, and because they go beyond being simply quirky. Evidence:
“Christians in Love” at the Melbourne Int’l Comedy Festival Gala 2011
“Every time you shave, a moustache dies” (for Movember)
“Damn Girl” – sketch + song