Allow me to open with the following - holy smokes. Hands down this is the best show I have reviewed this comedy festival, and quite possibly also the best show at this year’s comedy festival. Everything about 'Hairy Soul Man' is so feel good that you are guaranteed to leave the show with a massive grin adorning your face.
'Hairy Soul Man' is a music comedy based project created by Queenslander Kai Smythe and it epitomises everything that is right about the genre. Smythe is backed by an amazing seven piece soul band for the show and every single member of the band is exceptional. Although the name of the project might be odd, the results are most certainly glorious. The music played is absolutely sensational and Smythe’s vocal talents are irrefutably impressive. The hilarity of the lyrics are not lost to the brilliant music played by the band because Smythe just owns the vocals.
Smythe’s enthusiasm is simply infectious, captivating the audience with an electrifying stage presence. His sexy, sensual, hilarious and charismatic persona radiates through to the crowd as he performs fantastic songs such 'Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That', and the anthem of self-love, 'Loving Myself'. Smythe sprinkles a few serious messages throughout the show, most notably regarding body image, and he delivers the ideas to the audience in such a fun and subjunctive manner that we can’t help but listen. In addition to the scintillating songs his ability to speak to the audience was amazing, with the topics he spoke about being either relatable or endearing, generally both.
Not only is this show fun and hilarious, but we feel so much better about ourselves. Everything about this show feels so right, it is an absolute must see.
'Hairy Soul Man', we salute you.
Trades Hall: Upper Balcony 11pm