Oxford Times

23rd June 2010 -

Tom Goodwyn


Although the UK has a fine tradition in producing top- notch musical comedians, we have recently been left in the dust by the arrival of acts like Tim Minchin and Tenacious D, two acts who have found international stardom holding a tune as well as splitting their audience’s sides. This is where Mitch Benn comes in. Not exactly a new name on the comedy circuit, Benn has spent the last few years quietly composing some of the best rib-ticklers you’ll ever hear. He’s a regular on Radio 4’s Friday night staple The Now Show, for which he composes two topical satirical ditties a week. Though he has not been on TV much, he has built up a solid live following and, when he takes the stage and strums the opening chords of I Might Just Have To Murder James Blunt, Glee Club experiences something it will almost certainly never hear again on a comedy night — a full-on sing-a-long.

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